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Help! My Baby Hates the Car

The only way she's quiet in the car.

I mentioned last Friday that the first part of our road trip to Washington, DC was quite brutal because Avery was cranky the entire time. Well, I can tell you that she hasn’t gotten much better and now I am really starting to freak out.

You see, we have quite a few road trips planned this summer. Living in the city during the summer can sometimes makes you feel like you live in a bubble and we wanted to do our best to get out as much as possible. That means that Avery is going to have to be in the car  often. But literally as soon as she gets in the car, she starts screaming. 

I know it’s not the car seat because she is in her car seat carrier everyday when I attach it to the stroller and she has no problem. There is something about being in a car that makes her completely unhappy.

It’s so mind boggling to me because we used to drive my oldest daughter around in the car when she was a baby, just to try to get her to sleep. She loved the car and it was an almost guarantee of quiet time for both of us. But once again, I am learning that no child is the same, and that is the case for this situation.

Avery is proving herself to be quite the city girl and that the car is just not for her. The only time that she would stop crying is when I fed her a bottle. But I can’t stick a bottle in her mouth for five hours. She doesn’t take a pacifier, so that is out of the question as well.

I tried every way that I could to console her, but she just wanted out. Even Harlan tried singing to her (which Avery usually loves) but it had zero effect on her this time. The screaming and crying got so bad that it is completely making me re-think every single trip we have planned this summer.

Moms, I need your help. How can I get her to love the car?

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