Babies are programmed to want closeness to their parents and a car is one place where that’s not usually possible. So if you have a baby who cries a lot in the car, how do you get them to calm down? If you regularly take long trips, the crying can be worrying or even stop you travelling. Here are some things you can do:
1. Hang toys.
Brightly colored toys can keep baby entertained during a drive.
2. Sit with baby.
If there are two people going on the trip, one can sit in the back and pat baby for comfort.
3. Drive at night.
If you’re going on a long trip, consider going at night time so baby will be more likely to sleep.
4. Make sure baby is fed & changed.
If baby is hungry or wet, he won’t be as happy about going in the car.
5. Put on familiar music.
Music can be an important part of baby’s daily home routine. Using the same music in the car can help baby relax and even fall asleep.
6. Plan comfort time first.
Before your trip, let baby sit in the car seat without a seatbelt and with the doors open. Relax, talk to baby and let baby get comfortable before you start driving.
7. Give baby an item of yours.
Often, letting baby have an item that smells like you can provide the comfort needed to calm down.
8. Check for colic and reflux.
9. Check the padding & straps.
Make sure that the padding isn’t uncomfortable, too thin or the straps aren’t too loose or unadjusted for baby’s size.
10. Check baby isn’t bored.
It’s very common for babies to get bored, since they’re isolated in one small area and can’t even see out the window in most cases. There are a range of battery operated toys such as the Brica baby-in-sight mirror, which can help you keep an eye on baby as well as entertain them.
11. Roll down the window.
Sometimes simply having a window open, letting in fresh air and traffic noise, is enough to calm baby.
12. Remove the mirror.
Although mirrors can be a great way to keep baby entertained and relieve parental worry, some babies may find them over stimulating or get motion sickness from them. Try a trip without the mirror.
13. Take a long trip.
Sometimes, baby is upset by the new experience of driving in a car. Going for a longer drive can help baby adjust to the feeling of driving and often lead to them being more comfortable during future, shorter, trips.1 | 2