Driving around with a toddler or infant in the car seat can be a real nightmare for some parents. If your child is one who become as stiff as a board the moment you attempt to strap him or her into a car seat and cry non-stop to the point of throwing up, then you might find some of the following tried and test tips for surviving a car ride useful.
For some toddlers, there is an optimum time after a nap where their disposition and mood is most accommodating. It might be a window of two hours after waking up in the morning when your child will be most willing to tolerate a car ride in the car seat. Determine what this window is for your child by making note of all the times when your child has been most accommodating in the car seat.
2. Be Ready
Make sure you have everything you need for your outing packed and loaded into the car before strapping your child into the car seat. The last thing you wan to do is leave your toddler waiting in the car while you run back to the house for an extra diaper or snacks.
If your child is a breastfed toddler, make sure you nurse your child sufficiently before getting into the car. Sometimes a little nursing time is just the thing that your toddler needs to survive the journey.
3. Getting into the Car Seat
For toddlers who immediately adopt the "plank position" when they spy the car seat you need to keep them distracted with an activity while you carry them out to the car. It might be a favourite toy, book or a really special treat reserved only for very special occasions - you know your toddler best.
4. Distractions in the Car
After getting a toddler securely into the car seat, surviving the journey is the next task. The best thing you can do to prevent the crying is distract, distract, distract. As each toddler is a unique individual, each child will respond differently to different distraction objects. Additionally, different ages and stages of development will require different distraction tools. Here are some possible distractions you can use depending on your child's interest and stage of development:
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