Crying in the car

There are so many babies who struggle with the motion, angle and separation of being in the car, and having had one of these babies myself, I know how tough it can be!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In a perfect world, would it be best to attend to your child’s cries?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Absolutely.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Being alone in the back seat can mimic the same stress and separation as sleep training does, and we all know how I feel about that 🙅🏻‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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𝐁𝐔𝐓 – we have to run errands, go to appointments, visit with family etc. – and not all of this can be done by foot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here are my top tips to help a baby feel more comfortable in the carseat:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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✨Babies attach through proximity to their primary caregiver. Replicate this proximity by transferring your scent to a lovey that will safely fit in the car seat. Wear it in your shirt for a day or two, or spill some breastmilk on it before going on your next outing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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✨Make the car feel safe and familiar by using the same white noise as is used in your baby’s sleep environment ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

✨Many babies, especially those with reflux, struggle with the angle of the car seat. Check your car seat manual, as many allow for a wedge to be placed under the base in order to adjust the angle upward. Some babies also do better in the car once they are in a convertible car seat.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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✨Use your voice – sing a familiar song, or speak in a calming manner. Remember that if you are stressed, your baby will be too, so stay as calm as possible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨Avoid long trips when possible, and plan breaks in a longer trip in order to take your baby out to comfort them. Babies are not capable of downregulation and will need your help! Leave enough time for connection and comfort when you arrive, too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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✨Hang a photo of yourself where baby can see it – I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve done it and it works!

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