Meet Lauren, the author of our ‘Mummy Blogger Post of the Week.’
Lovely Lauren is a full time housewife and full time mum to Harry and Charles, and lives in Suffolk County. Whilst raising children and managing a home, Lauren manages to blog up a storm on her site Real Housewife of Suffolk County.
Read about Lauren’s car seat debacle; maybe you have some helpful hints for this poor stressed out mummy?
Car seat Commotion
The two boys already seem to have a lot in common in terms of looks, mannerisms etc. and also… their hatred for our car seat. Except I’m not sure if it is just the particular car seat or just travelling in the car in general.
Every single journey out, whether it be a 5 minute trip to the supermarket, recycling centre or doctor’s surgery or a longer trip to my mother in laws or to local attractions normally involved us having to listen to Harry crying and crying. I hate it.
I hate not being able to help him understand and let him know that it’s ok and we haven’t abandoned him, we’re not ignoring him and that as soon as we reach our destination I’ll be able to cradle him and fix it for him.
We are a ‘no-dummy’ house. Charles didn’t have one, we tried a couple of times but he wasn’t interested. I thought about introducing a dummy for car journeys only as a short-term solution but we tried a dummy with Harry and he’s also not interested, which is good for us as we don’t like them anyway.
Charles was the same with the car seat, so I think it’s either:
1: Uncomfy car seat (although other friends’ babies get on fine)
2: They hate not being able to see us. (Although if Harry does see me he doesn’t understand why I can’t hold him)
Or… what else?
I don’t know what to do or where to go with this. I try talking to him, singing to him. I feed him before he goes into the car thinking he will stay (or fall) asleep. I’ve tried placing a muslin right next to him which has the scent of my milk on it so he can smell me.
It makes car journeys so difficult because when we get to where we are going I have to give him a huge cuddle, and it can take a while for him to calm down and to catch his breath again, he is dripping with sweat and his face is all red, and he may need/want feeding.
It can also make driving really difficult because it’s hard to concentrate over the noise; hearing my baby so stressed out can be really distracting and it also stresses me out.
I can’t let this affect our lives and stop us from going out so much but I need to do something.