It’s developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers to dislike the car seat and other forms of restraint (like high chairs or strollers). These restraints limit a child’s mobility and freedom; most kids would much rather be crawling around exploring the world around them instead of strapped into a car seat. But while it’s disconcerting to hear a baby cry, it’s also important to realize that it’s unlikely that the baby is crying out of pain. Crying is the baby’s only form of communication. He might be trying to ask “Are we there yet? I want to get out and play!” As any pediatrician can tell you, the crying baby is the most reassuring baby, because you know his airway is open.
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