The majority of babies cry once they are strapped into their car seat. Try using some of the following strategies to deal with your crying baby while travelling
When your child is young, a road trip up or down the coast is usually
the quickest and easiest holiday to organise – however, safety is always your
first priority, especially when it comes to your baby. Once bub learns to walk,
they love being on the move, and hate being restrained. The majority of babies cry once they are strapped into their
car seat. It becomes very difficult to control them and concentrate on driving.
Besides point a of safety, it’s a legal requirement to have your child
in some form of car seat until the age of seven – depending on the state you’re
in. It’s a great point of concern for new parents to help their young children
understand the reason for keeping them harnessed – who simply don’t feel comfortable
sitting restrained in a car seat, and are not afraid to let you know. Try using
some of the following strategies to deal with your crying baby while travelling in the car.
Prepare your baby
Talk to your baby calmly; tell them how you understand their feelings
about the car seat, but it’s for their safety and it’s very important to follow
this rule. Slowly pat baby’s back and put them in their harness. Although they cannot
understand your words, your reassuring and measured tone will put them at ease.
Over the time, as they age and their vocabulary expands, they will begin to
accept their chair as standard practice.
Keep your baby entertained
Make the backseat a fun area, so that bub always associates it with fun.
Bring toys to help keep your child busy, to take their mind away from being
restrained. Think about what activities they like to do or what toys they like
to play with, such as listening to nursery rhymes or watching a baby show. Some
babies also like to play with activity cubes or toy cars.
You can also try
bringing picture books which they can flip through as you drive along.
Alternatively, you could also hang a small mobile across their car seat, so
they can play with toys hanging above them. Read more on how to entertain babies here.
Taking care of your baby’s appetite
Babies may also cry more because they feel hungry. Pack snacks, fruit
and milk for the baby, and try giving them different things to eat whenever you
feel your baby is crying due to hunger. Small snacks may also keep bub
entertained for a while – if they’re not hungry, they may end up playing with
the food instead, which will give you a short reprieve until you’re able to
pull over and take a break. Read more on how to know if your baby is hungry here.
Taking regular breaks
Your baby gets bored and lonely if they’re by themselves in the
backseat, and you’re driving non-stop for hours. It’s a great idea to take regular
short breaks – not only for bub, but also for yourself. As you’re driving, keep
your child updated on your progress, letting them know that a break is coming
up soon and that you’ll be able to spend some time together. Your short breaks
will give your baby the idea that you are not abandoning your baby forever.
Try avoiding travelling alone with baby
can always get help from your family or friends when you plan to travel in the
car with your baby, in case your partner is not available. Try making shopping
plans with your siblings or parents. They would be able to help you to take
care of your baby while you’re driving. Your travel partner can keep your baby
busy by talking or playing music, or divert their attention by playing fun
games with them such as peek-a-boo. It will be great relaxation for you, since
you can focus on driving without worrying about your crying baby.
Check and resolve baby’s issue
are, your baby might be upset because of some issue or discomfort such as the need
for a nappy change. You should also see if your baby is getting uncomfortable
because of getting too much sunlight - you must provide some shade to protect
your baby from direct sunlight. Conversely, your baby might be feeling very
cold because of air conditioner. In that case, adjust the air conditioner
according to your baby’s comfort. There’s also the possibility that the harness
may be very tight. Check to see, and if so, loosen it a little.
is no need to get panicked, upset or angry while your baby is crying - it
sounds like the end of the world, but they are very much safe in their car
seat. Just stay calm and do not lose focus on driving. Listen to your favourite
music and try to entertain your baby by singing or chatting with them. Tell the
baby that you really love them and soon you’re going to be able to focus on
them again. Describe the situation and talk about the things you see around
while driving. Some parents also try telling stories, or talk about their
favourite cartoon characters.Just
remember to keep in mind that your baby is safe, and never forget to focus on
driving, otherwise it can be dangerous for both of you.
is always best for you to always travel with your partner whenever possible, as
you both know how to handle your baby, and two pairs of hands are better than
to travel when you feel your baby is ready to sleep. Put your baby into the car
seat without the harness at first. Feed your baby some milk, and pat them until
they fall asleep. As soon as they have nodded off, you’ll be able to do up the
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