New Mom Secrets: I Turn Up the Volume When My Baby Cries

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets—we won't tell.  
This Week's Secret: 
If my baby cries on car rides, I turn up the radio. Not loud enough to blow her ears, just a little louder than her. SultryLadyBug 


When your baby cries, do you turn up the radio (or TV)?

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tippy... tippymorgan08

No, I don't. I simply talk. Sometimes just hearing the sound of mom's voice is enough to calm baby. Even if that doesn't work and the baby continues to cry, then I just do what I need to do, which is focus on the road and getting us where we need to go safely.

ethan... ethans_momma06


I said it was like the CIO method, only stepped up a notch. Yes, I know why baby is strapped down, but does baby really have a clear grasp of why? Like I mentioned, I get it. I completely understand why a mother would do it, especially if it was inhibiting her driving to not have it blasted up. Driving with a crying baby (to reiterate) is one of the most stressful things I know about.

Yes, it may get people home safely (which is important), yes your baby may be 'fine', but unless it's soothing to baby, I do think it's kind of cruel.

nily nily

I do it. I check what could be first but if he is doing it just to bug I do it.

Nesa_Z Nesa_Z

Usually DS is just pissed off that he has to be in his seat. I can talk to him until I'm blue in the face and he'll scream louder. If I'm the passenger and reach back to give him a toy, etc..., he screams louder. So yes, I turn up the volume and it calms him. If that doesn't work and the weather is decent I'll crack a window. The wind noise calms him faster than anything!

sun_s... sun_shine1862

I did and still do with my daughter and she is now 21m. I also plan to do the same thing with my DS that I am pregnant with, cause it always called her down. Now that she is older though she actually dances to the music (it's soooo cute).


DD was born Feb. 20, 2008 and the EDD of "our lil' boy" is Jan. 31, 2010. 

Nyx7 Nyx7

I've found the answer to every mommy's problem!!!  Ear plugs are amazing!!!!!  They don't block out all the noise so you can still hear the baby but they deaden the sound of that last nerve hitting pitch.  Keep some in the rocking chair, diaper bag, & car.  They have been a life saver!!!!

KatieP. KatieP.

haha I turn up the volume when he is crying in the car and I can't deal with it. DH keeps a set of earplugs hung over the rear view mirror in his car. LOL whatever works

ibebr... ibebreezy

yes i do i always have an now if you turn it up in the car she still goes to sleep. we started it as a joke when she was an older baby kinda like the hey we can't hear you theres a baby crying thing we do lol

Moon_... Moon_Rising

I have done it many times. Now I just walk out of the room till she calms down. Depending on the music it would either calm her or just keep her crying. But I admit I have done it.

tyrel... tyrelsmom

I've done it in the car, yes, when I couldn't pull over to soothe her.  Better than driving off the road or getting in an accident because I'm distracted by a crying baby.

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