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8 Responses to Ten Tips to Relieve Toddler Carseat Woes

  1. Hannah Gardner  

    So far my one year old doesn’t put up too much fuss about being in her seat, but I’m sure as she gets older it could be a problem. I’m glad I found this article so i will know what to do when that time comes!

  2. Christy

    Those are great suggestions. Thank you. My daughter is not a fan of her car seat, but she loves the car. I think letting her explore the car (when it’s safe of course) might help.

  3. Jessica

    When my niece was around 1-2 years old (she is now 12 years old), she started to unbuckle herself from her car seat. I remember my Sister-In-Law having to pull off the side of the road many times to re-buckle her child in. Now that I’m a Mom of an independence little guy, I’m constantly glancing back to make sure he is still buckled in. He hasn’t unbuckled yet but it is one thing I do worry about. Do you have any advise on how to keep a toddler from doing this?

  4. Jorie

    @Jessica, most carseats I think are too difficult for a toddler to unbuckle themselves (though that doesn’t mean someone hasn’t had a child do it!) My parents and ILs struggle with the carseat buckles actually because I think they are much more childproof now. My daughter is 3.5 and she has had a few good tantrums when she tried very hard to undo the carseat, but she could not manage it.

  5. Helen

    My youngest took what I thought at the time was an unreasoning dislike to his carseat when he was one. Looking back, I wonder if he associated it with being taken to hospital for his ear surgery. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is going on in a child’s mind!

  6. Gauri

    Oh, yeah, I relate so much. My child is a little younger but these are all tips which make a lot of sense, some of which I use already (like snacks); some I will certainly try (explaining before hand; making a game of it; something to play with).

    Thank you and very topical with the new AAP guidelines out 🙂

  7. Momma Jorje

    My 1½yo has started fussing about getting buckled, especially if we haven’t been at a place for very long. She will buck and writhe to get loose. She has recently started asking for milk. (I suppose I’m always a sucker for that request.)

    Recently I’ve gone ahead and let her nurse for a couple of minutes *after* getting buckled into her car seat.

    We have a new truck and I definitely let her play drive and press / turn buttons and knobs while we are waiting for her sister (from school or library).

  8. Mrs. Smitty

    #2, #4 and #9 are my biggest aids. Another is realizing that my toddler wants independence. That means allowing her to climb in herself and buckle herself (thankfully she hasn’t learned to *UN*buckle herself yet). If she asks for aid, I’ll remind her that she’s a big girl and should try once more before asking for help. She’s so much happier to have that small accomplishment, it makes the entire car ride easier.