How do I get 8-week-old DS to stop hating his pram?

(11 Posts)
Purplecatti Mon 08-Apr-13 12:15:29

I have a very bouncy facing in pram. I used to swaddle my dd and use a car seat headrest to keep her in place.
I think she felt all cosy and safe like that. The only time I could put her down in the first 12 weeks was going out like that in the pram

thewarmestowl Mon 08-Apr-13 11:24:35

Just echoing what others have said - a better carrier / sling is probably the way to go. At 8 weeks, you should easily be able to carry your baby without really feeling it. I can still carry my average sized 2 year old for a couple of hours without it being uncomfortable. I use an Ergo - Manduca equally good (previously I tried a Baby Bjorn and a Kari-Me, both killed my back / shoulders).

One of my DSs hated his pram. I mainly just used a carrier instead. As he got a little older (c 5 months), he would accept the puschair part of the pram (i.e. instead of carrycot, which he always hated) at sleep time, all snuggled in with a fleecy cosy toes, and certainly by about 7 or 8 months he was very happy to go in his pushchair.

CabbageHead Mon 08-Apr-13 10:29:36

I'm the same, ds HATED car seat and pram until about 5mths.. Hated being confined, hated not being able to see out, and had reflux so didnt like being horizontal or squished in middle! I ended up doing very short stints in pram, up our little road and back, and just lengthened them over time until he got more used to it... Think he did t like rolling around in pram at that age, felt very insecure..

So started with a cheap baby carrier, realized it was crap, really hurt my shoulders, bought a manduca, still use it, my DS is HUGE chubby bub, now 12mths old!!! Best way to calm him and nice for him to see stuff at adult level, also it's versatile, can use sideways, front ways or on back... Which is useful as they get older...

All weight is distributed on ur hips exactly like a proper backpack would be. So I wld get either manduca or ergo, try eBay if u on budget. So so worth every cent spent. (I know I sound like I'm getting a commission ha ha, just think its a great quality product and wish I knew about it earlier)also those front facing ones are sposed to be bad from an ergonomic perspective, legs aren't sposed to dangle in front etc not good for hips etc...

Best way to settle LO for bedtime too... I would walk along patting his bum singing songs until he was wound down for night... Wish I figured that out earlier too!!!!! Good luck, your LO will grow out of it in time..

Lamazeroo Mon 08-Apr-13 09:47:46

I carried DS til he was about six months. A Moby then a Baby Bjorn then a Manduca. It just wasn't worth the screaming trying to persist with the pram when he so clearly wasn't happy in it. He started tolerating it for small trips from about six months. Now at 18 months he loves travelling in his pushchair.

VenusRising Mon 08-Apr-13 09:46:51

Sorry if this sounds patronising.... but...... your little babe's 8 weeks old. He doesn't hate his pram, he just needs to be held.
Why don't you get a sling for the next month, and try him in the pram in a month.

Maybe do some baby massage as he may need more contact, and this may satisfy that need.

Thaleia Mon 08-Apr-13 09:42:25

Sorry but mine hated his pram from week 4 onwards and still does. It's the reason we gave him a dummy....

Welovegrapes Mon 01-Apr-13 21:09:40

Mine was just the same. He's now nearly 2 and loves his buggy! I think it was once he was upright and outward facing he was happy.

We had an outward facing buggy but bought car seat adapters and sat the car sear on it facing us for a while, maybe yours has that option?

Ds used to scream the place down when I put him in his buggy. He was/is a velcro baby too.

I basically spent ages taking him out when he cried and calming him, then putting back in, pushing vigorously (only way to calm him) and if he settled carrying on and repeating when he cried. After a few weeks there was improvement. But it took months before he liked going in there. He's 9 mo now and will send himself to sleep in the buggy without being pushed....amazing difference!

Also, when he was that age I lay him down on his side, he was much happier but it did mean watching him all the time.

Floweryhat Mon 01-Apr-13 20:49:10

Get a more comfy sling? I have 4 dcs, and youngest three have all practically lived in a sling for first 6 months. Didn't bother the older ones, as a sleeping baby is barely there. It will pass smile

bean612 Mon 01-Apr-13 20:43:58

That's it really. He's a velcro baby and part of me knows I probably just have to wait till he gets a bit older, but I carry him in the sling everywhere, all the time, and my back hurts, plus DD (4) feels I'm inaccessible as her little brother is always "in the way". So, just in case I'm missing a trick, has anything worked for you? Mine faces out but is it worth investing in a parent-facing one instead? Might a sheepskin help (though maybe he's too little for one yet)? Any other tips? Help!

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