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#1 Sheeva33

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:49 AM

Hi ladies,
My DD is two months old and I would love a morning walk with her but she just wont stay in her pram.. she starts crying the moment we are out walking and i end up picking her up and heading back home...
How do you ladies do it? When do you do it? Any tricks are welcome! Thank u

#2 seayork2002

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:53 AM

Well DS was lazy (still is, like his mum) so did not seemed fussed but he was having a bad day (or every second) he had a dummy.

Other than that I have no suggestions really

#3 Hands Up

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:54 AM

In the early days I used to walk during the first nap of the day, around eight thirty or so. I would put him in drowsy but not facing me or he’d stay awake (I had a peep hole in the hood so I could keep an eye on him). He would just drift off and I’d get a good 45-60 minute walk in.

#4 AllyK81

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:57 AM

Is she is a capsule or laying flat? My DS HATED lying flat in his pram.

As PP said, dummy or a baby carrier. Or just keep pushing and put the ear buds in (sounds heartless but sometimes you just need the fresh air!!).

#5 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:09 AM

Yep both of mine started refusing to lay flat at that age. My first I didn’t persist and we tried again when she was a little older. My second had to go for a walk most mornings to get the first to school - so I actually used the car capsule as that was the only thing that worked.

#6 MooGuru

Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:14 AM

Do you have a different pram you can trial?
DS hated lying flat. We also got a sheepskin style insert to make the seat a bit softer.
Also check for things like: is it possible she's getting the sun in her eyes?
Lots and lots of people put towels/sheets over the pram (I know I was always tempted to but had the ECNs drum into me not to but that gets really stifling in there with very little airflow.

Otherwise we used a carrier. I had an ergo but DS responded much better to the outward facing brand.  The really popular one that gets called a crotch dangler because it's bad for their hips (I can't for the life of me think of the brand). He was happy as in that one at about that age I think. I'd hold his legs/ under his bum to change the leg dangle situation.
Once he was big enough for the ergo without the infant insert he was happy as to be in that - to the extent I bought a second one that was mesh and a lighter material for hot days.

Um if you have a way to possibly test out different prams and see if you have more success?
My friend and I tested each others prams once and her baby looked like a kid who had lied about their size to get on a Rollercoaster in mine whereas DS was struggling and pushing and fighting hers. He was physically bigger,hated to be swaddled and also a lot more alert/active than her little one who loved being swaddled and hated tummy time etc.

#7 Ellie bean

Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:34 AM

My dd was never comfortable in any pram, try a baby carrier

#8 rubyskye

Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:50 AM

Another vote for a baby carrier, both my babies have loved being worn and disliked the pram.

#9 Lady Gray

Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:59 AM

Could you chuck the baby carrier in the pram and switch over if DD starts crying?  Or start in the carrier and switch over once she nods off?

Edited by Lady Gray, 27 November 2019 - 09:59 AM.

#10 rosie28

Posted 27 November 2019 - 10:22 AM

My son loved the pram and my daughter hated it until she was 1. I used a carrier for her. Newborn DD seems to like it so far, but I really think it just depends on the baby.

#11 Apageintime

Posted 27 November 2019 - 10:22 AM

My son hated the pram, but loved being in a baby carrier.

#12 StoneFoxArrow

Posted 27 November 2019 - 10:26 AM

My DD was also not keen on the pram. I had a baby carrier and used to walk heaps with her in that. Once I learnt to breast-feed in it, even better!

Otherwise, as others have suggested - try turning it around (whichever way you have it, try turning it the other way) or moving from lying down to sitting up slightly.

#13 Sarzie

Posted 27 November 2019 - 10:29 AM

My DD also needed the baby carrier - my boys were fine in the pram so it was just her preference I think.

#14 Sheeva33

Posted 27 November 2019 - 04:33 PM

View PostEllie bean, on 27 November 2019 - 09:34 AM, said:

My dd was never comfortable in any pram, try a baby carrier
she hates the sling...

She hates the carrier

View PostLady Gray, on 27 November 2019 - 09:59 AM, said:

Could you chuck the baby carrier in the pram and switch over if DD starts crying?  Or start in the carrier and switch over once she nods off?
she hates the carrier..

#15 Caribou

Posted 27 November 2019 - 04:41 PM

My son hated the carrier until I ditched the newborn insert.

#16 JomoMum

Posted 27 November 2019 - 04:50 PM

Is she laying flat in a bassinet or sitting up slightly in a reclined seat?

Whichever it is, can you try the other?

#17 Caribou

Posted 27 November 2019 - 05:57 PM

Things to consider, how’s the suspension on the pram? Which pram do you have?

#18 Caribou

Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:02 PM

Also, my DS despisedthe carrier. It did take ditching the newborn insert, using a nappy terry towel to prop him
Up higher (not giving advice, just experience) and he was happier, not 100% but it took a few weeks. I’m a walker, (no car) I had no choice. He did learn to get used to it. I suspect this may be the same in your case. Sing songs, reassure it’s okay.

DS also never liked the car. It was traumatic for everyone involved when it came to car trips. He did grow to enjoy car trips. Might have taken him to he was 18months but he got there. And yes. Even I got in the backseat with him to keep him quiet. Didn’t work at all.

Point is OP babies are going to cry whatever you do. You need that morning walk for your mental health. Start with short walks around the block. Grow them bigger bit by bit. Make them slow. Show them stuff on the walk. E’g. Look at that flower! Look at that leaf! Distract the crap out of them until they forget they hated the carrier.

Hang in there. It’s tough but you can ride this out.

Edited by Caribou, 27 November 2019 - 06:02 PM.

#19 Dianalynch

Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:14 PM

Like a pp I used to walk mine at nap time, first one of the morning. Ds liked the ergo, we walked and walked and he loved it.

Edited for typo

Edited by Dianalynch, 27 November 2019 - 06:14 PM.

#20 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:17 PM

If he hates the carrier and sling, try going to a baby wearing meet. You can try lots of different types and they can help you with fit. DD didn’t like carriers, DS loved them. DD just wanted to be held and breastfeeding constantly at that age! She was very content if she was being cuddled.

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