E-Mail 'Ten Tips to Relieve Toddler Carseat Woes' To A Friend Email a copy of 'Ten Tips to Relieve Toddler Carseat Woes' to a friend * Required Field Your Name: * Your E-Mail: * Your Remark: Friend's Name: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Friend's E-Mail: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Image Verification: * Loading ... 8 Responses to Ten Tips to Relieve Toddler Carseat Woes Hannah Gardner hgardner16 March 21, 2011 at 9:59 am 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! Christy March 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm 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. Jessica March 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm 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? Jorie March 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm @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. Helen March 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm 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! Gauri March 22, 2011 at 1:57 am 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 🙂 Momma Jorje March 23, 2011 at 1:01 am 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). Mrs. Smitty July 15, 2011 at 9:10 am #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.