What should I do when my baby cries while I’m driving?

Every morning, I take my infant son to his grandparents’ for the day while I’m at work, and every day he cries the entire way there. I hate to just leave him back there crying, but I need to pay attention to the road. Is there anything I can do to soothe him?

Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Car rides can be soothing for many babies, but for some, they’re anything but peaceful. Here are a few things you can do when your baby cries while you’re driving:
  • *Check the car seat straps—they should be snug, but not so tight that Baby can’t move around a bit.
  • *Check Baby’s clothing for bunching or other uncomfortable issues.
  • *Tuck a blanket around him to see if the added support and snuggle factor will help calm him.
  • *Check the temperature in the backseat—Baby might be too hot or too cold.
  • *Provide entertainment: There are countless toys on the market designed specifically for car seats. You can also affix a mirror or even a picture of yourself to the back seat to give Baby something to look at.
  • *Play calming music or white noise.
If you’ve tried everything and your son still cries throughout your car ride, check with your pediatrician to see if there is an underlying factor causing his discomfort.
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