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How can parents get children to cooperate when using a car seat?

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Young kids tend not to like getting put into a car seat. Some rebel more than others. They sometimes fight like mad against being strapped in and thus restricted in their movements. As a conscientious parent, you want to be sure they are well-protected in the event of a crash. How do you do that if they battle with you every inch of the way?

Dealing with a stubborn toddler whose arms and legs are wildly flailing while they fuss as you settle them in a car seat is frustrating. However, according to one parenting web site, “Car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for children 4 years and older. Car seats and safety belts save lives, prevent injuries, and are key to safety in the car.”

That stark statistic should strengthen your resolve to successfully place your little one in their car seat and keep them in it, no matter how much resistance you get. A few pointers about avoiding epic meltdowns every time you attempt to use your child’s car seat may be helpful. Some parental know-how can keep the tears and tantrums at bay and let you focus on driving.

Tips for making the car seat more appealing to your child

Use these suggestions next time you head out with your youngster:

  • Keeping the mood light and entertaining can relax and engage your tot.
  • Bring a plaything or some tasty munchies as a reward. It will also keep them busy for a while.
  • Even if you get impatient, stay composed. When you get rattled, your child will act out.
  • Give your child choices so they feel like they have some say in the process. Ask if they want to help buckle themselves up or if they want you to do it.

Having your child safely secured in their car seat will help protect them if you’re involved in a crash caused by another driver. Having experienced legal guidance can help you get the compensation you’re due.