DD is almost 14 weeks old and I would really love to bring her to my gym for strollercize class, or take her swimming or something as we are ALWAYS cooped up in the house. Anytime I try to bring her outside she just screams. She hates her car seat, can't stand being in the car for more than 10 mins. I make sure she's comfortable and I hang her Oball from her car seat handle so she has something to play with. Nothing calms her either except going home and taking her out of the car seat. I really wanted to take her on the track at my gym but I feel like she will just hate being in her stroller. does anyone know if this is a phase that will end soon or if there's anything I can do to help her enjoy being out of the house?
I know she's still little but I would love to get out, for my own sanity. And I don't want her to always hate leaving the house.
I would just take her, and if she cries, then she cries. I think the only way she'll get used to being out of the house and in such environments, is if she's given the chance to get used to such things.
And maybe if she`s very loud and you're concerned about bothering other patrons, you could start by trying just very short stays there. And as she gets used to it, work your way up toward longer runs/workouts.
I would just take her out too. Make sure shes had a good fed and changed, mine have always fallen asleep in the car or walking in the pram but sounds like she wont do that? Id start out small and not book a class or anything just go there and go to the cafe or something until you get used to it.
Is it mainly the car she screams in? My last 2 have been utter manic screamers in the car, what helped was giving them a dummy for traveling. If you don't want to use a dummy then maybe a mirror in front of her that reflects into your rear view mirror so she can still see you may help.
What 6lilpigs says! My son hates his car seat but will calm with a dummy. He doesn't like his stroller much either (doesn't like being strapped in anything really) but he will fall asleep if we are walking/moving. Why not just go for a walk to see how she copes being in the stroller first? If she does well in that, I would say to bear with the car ride and take her out in the stroller at your destination.
Car screaming is common, usually passes and comes and goes. It's just a necessary evil as we have to use the car to go most places, especially in the US.
Do you take her out of the car seat when you get places? You say the only thing that calms her is taking her home and taking her out. Have you tried taking her out away from home? Perhaps she does not like the infant carrier. It is not recommended to leave them in it long term if you aren't in the car anyway, I know stroller manufacturers make you think so by making them click in and what not.
Have you tried baby wearing? By 14 weeks you should be fine to use a front carrier to walk around the walking track, babies are usually much happier when they are held close to your body, and it's a lot easier to manage than a stroller.
Ohh, my first one did this for the first several months of his life. It was terrible. He would scream all the time in his car seat. He wouldn't ride in his stroller, either. I got a Moby wrap and wore him for walks and everywhere else we went, so he'd scream in his car seat, but at least he was happy while we were out. Also, the extra weight was great for burning calories and boosting my strength. I've worn all of my babies since. But staying cooped up in the house will just drive you nuts. Turn on some music, and go have fun. Your baby will get over this, and it certainly won't damage her to cry a bit.
Thank you everyone for your replies! I give her a dummy in the car and she's usually good for the first 10 mins or so, then she cries, I will put her dummy back in her mouth but she will end up spitting it out because she's crying. I have a carrier and a boba wrap and she hates being so close to my body! Which is weird because she loves being held. What I've been doing lately is taking her to places and taking her out of her car seat and carrying her in. She just gets really upset when its time to go back in the car seat, and unfortunately at the gym I can't carry her around (I wouldn't mind with the wrap or carrier but I don't think she'll be too happy with that) the weather is supposed to be a bit nicer here this week so maybe I'll take her out for short walks each day. The -25 degree weather has also been keeping us cooped up in the house.
Thanks again everyone!
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