I’ve been hibernating pretty much all winter. It’s not because of the cold, dark dreary days, though. If you’ve been following along with my stories and posts on Instagram, you’ll know it was because baby Theodore HATES the car.
Every time we put him in the car, the second the infant seat “clicked” into the carrier, baby would start howling and wouldn’t stop until he was out of the car. On very rare occasions, only when he was really tired, he’d cry himself out and sleep. This NEVER happened for me, but my husband assured me it did at least once.
We tried multiple infant seats thinking the seat was the problem. We thought there was something poking him or pinching him in weird ways. None of these things solved the problem.
Mind you, we could put this baby in the infant seat in a grocery cart and walk around for an hour with him being perfectly happy and not shedding a tear. My husband routinely walked the baby to sleep in the infant seat on a stroller. It was torture to be a mom trapped in a car with a raging baby and no way to help him (or manage the random letdowns).
We even talked to our pediatrician about it who recommended trying different car seats or otherwise just waiting it out, that he “would eventually grow out of it.”
But guys, being cooped up in a house because you refuse to get in the car with your raging baby is frigging tough.
We took a trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats recently which was a very bold move. It’s one of the only longer car trips I tried with baby this winter with his “condition.” He RAGED, and RAGED, and RAGED. I stopped every 20 minutes to take him out of the seat and give him a break or nurse him. My friend Lindsay tagged along and was such a good sport. She was so patient with it all. All of the crying really ruins a trip for me. I don’t know about you, but I can’t STAND crying. Three years of motherhood and this is still my achilles heel.
But, a mother will persevere. I’ve been determined to figure out SOMETHING, ANYTHING that will make Theodore feel comfortable so that I can get back into doing more things with the kids, mainly, for Rainier’s sake.
I bet you know where I am going with this… this is the 5th infant/car seat we’ve tried with Theodore. The Cybex Sirona. Guys, just like that we’ve seen improvements. Theodore doesn’t cry in the car anymore! It has some sort of magic power that makes Theodore feel comfortable. I’ve been able to drive 20-30 minutes without him raging.
It’s time to take this to the next level and take a June trip to Moab or Jackson Hole (which we had booked in January and cancelled because of Theodore’s raging). I cannot wait to start adventuring again!
The Cybex Sirona car seat (besides magically solving Theodore’s raging issue) also has some other peace of mind perks. It’s amazing how baby tech is advancing. Listen to this: It has a SensorSafe 2.0 technology which connects the carseat harness and your phone. It sends alerts to your phone if it’s too cold or too hot for baby, or if your toddler wiggles out or unclips the harness. It also alerts you if you step away from the car and forget baby in the car seat! Talk about technology for the better.
Also, it has telescopic linear side-impact protection, call L.S.P. System. On either side, these absorb the force of a side-impact collision at a very early stage.
Guys, if I couldn’t get out this summer to explore, hike, camp and travel with the kids… I would have probably lost my mind. I’m so thrilled about this car seat and hoping this positive trend continues!