Reality Check: Road-Weary Baby
Q. My 2-month-old hates to be in a car seat and wails every time we go for a drive. Any suggestions to make driving easier for her -- and me?
A. Knowing that your baby's behavior is common won't make the ride any easier, but it may help put things in perspective. Infants who fall asleep minutes after you pull out of the driveway may be in the majority, but there's a sizable (and vocal) minority who apparently didn't read the "What to Do on Car Drives" chapter in the baby manual.
Your little bundle of lungpower probably isn't in pain (although you should check out that possibility with her doctor -- she could have motion sickness, which can be worse in certain positions, but that's rare). She may simply need to adjust to the sensation of being a mere speck of cargo in a vast moving machine, in which case all you can do is give her time and make her as comfortable as possible. See if these strategies help:
Trisha Thompson is a contributing editor to PARENTING and a former editor-in-chief of BabyTalk.