If one more person says,
“But babies love cars!”
I’m going to scream louder than Baby Bop screams when she’s in the car. That’s right. Nothing pisses her off more than going for a car ride.
And for once Google is on my side. There is evidence that many babies despise the car.
Baby Bop used to have numerous dislikes: diaper changes, vitamin D drops, 5:00 pm. But every day she gets happier. Some days she doesn’t even realize 5 pm has come and gone.
The one dislike that has remained constant is the car. Much to Captain’s dismay. He loves cars. I appreciate the function of a car and enjoyed it more before it sounded like my child was dying.
I appreciate everyone’s helpful suggestions. In no particular order we have:
- Removed the infant padding
- Removed the mirror
- Added toys
- Played lullabies
- Played nursery rhymes
- Played classical music
- Played white noise
- Sang to her
- Reverted back to absolute silence (plus screaming)
- Played with her
- Changed the toys
- Made silly faces at her
- Tried to get her to suck a pacifier
- Tried to get her to suck my finger
- Jangled my keys
- I cried
- We stopped the car for a break (this works)
And we have narrowed it down to the car. The car seat itself is not an issue. Baby Bop is very happy to sit her car seat on the stroller for a leisurely stroll. It’s also not the seat belt because we left her buckled up tight while she sat in the seat at the lunch table. Happy as could be. She even enjoys sitting in her car seat, in a parking lot, next to the car.
Part of me never wants to drive anywhere ever again and another part of me says, screw it, I need to live my life. Then I’m in the car and part of me wants to blast the music, not nursery rhymes, to drown out the crying and the other part of me is concerned that this crying is doing permanent damage to Baby Bop’s brain.
Am I ruining her life? Will she end up in therapy 20 years from now trying to figure out why she always cries in the car?
I’m ready to compromise. I told Baby Bop that I will drive as little as possible. But now she needs to hold up her end of the bargain and assume we’re not trying to kill her.