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  • How To Get Toddlers To Stay In Car Seats Without Tantrums: 'Cocomelon Is Key!'

    Take advantage of this time to start training your children to stay in a car seat while on the road.
    by Kitty Elicay .
How To Get Toddlers To Stay In Car Seats Without Tantrums: 'Cocomelon Is Key!'
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  • The full implementation of Republic Act No. 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act has officially been deferred, so parents traveling with kids without car seats will not be penalized for now. However, the law is here to stay, so it’s best to take advantage of this time and start training your little ones to stay on a car seat while you are on the road.

    How to encourage your toddler to learn to love his car seat

    On our parenting community Smart Parenting Village, one mom asked for tips on how to train a toddler to stay in their car seat without the drama. This is a common scenario you’ll have to face, especially because toddlers are active by default and might not be too keen on the idea of being constrained in their seats for an extended period.

    1. Cocomelon is key.

    Unsurprisingly, a lot of moms suggested to just entertain your kids with Cocomelon. LOL!

    “Ang soundtrip namin sa sasakyan ay walang kamatayang Cocomelon,” says one mom. Another adds, “May hawak lang siya na snacks tapos we entertain with Cocomelon. Then, sinanay namin siya sa subdivision paikot-ikot kami.”

    2. Start inside the house.

    Let your kids be familiarized with the car seat by letting them sit on it while inside the house. “We let our LO (little one) use the car seat habang nasa sala,” shares one mom. “Then, transition naman sa car pero katabi niya ako.”

    One mom points out, “If hindi po nasanay, I think Cocomelon is the key. May video doon si JJ na uupo sa car seat.”


    3. Make it fun.

    One mom said her toddler eventually got used to the seat after realizing that they would always end up somewhere “fun” when the car stops. “Like, bibili kami ng candies, or mag-drive thru ng favorite niyang burger,” she shares.

    “Dati kailangan may cellphone bago ko siya mapaupo, but dahil nag-eenjoy siya sa mga runs naming tuwing sasakay siya dun, nasanay na siya at siya na ang nagmamadali na umupo sa car seat niya,” she adds. “Even on long drives like Tagaytay or Baguio!”

    4. Train them while they’re still young.

    Babies, especially newborns, are safest when in rear-facing car seats until they reach 2 years old or have reached the height and weight recommendation of the car seat manufacturer. Parents in our Village also recommend the same thing.

    “Use the car seat as early as possible. Mine was trained since newborn. Now, toddler na siya pero hindi umaalis at hindi malikot sa car seat. Iiyak pa pag ‘di siya dun nakaupo. Alam niyang sa kanya lang ‘yun,” one mom says.

    “The earlier, the better,” another mom adds. “Our kiddo was trained since he was a month old. Ngayon po kapag papasok siya sa sasakyan ay automatic diretso siyang sumasakay sa car seat niya at siya na rin nag-lo-lock ng restraints. Magalit pa kapag kinuha mo sa car seat!”

    “Nag-start kami sa car seat ng eight months. Nagsabit lang ako ng toys niya sa gilid para may malaro siya. Ngayon, sanay na siya sa car seat and enjoy na siya tumanaw sa bintana,” says one of our members.

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    5. Be firm, patient, and consistent.

    Some members did still wonder whether car seats are really needed and to this we say, yes! Several studies have shown that this is still the best and safest option when traveling with children — and it can save their lives.

    Talk to your toddler and explain the reasons why they need to stay in the car seat and that you cannot leave without them on it. Be firm and consistent when you make this decision.

    “Fourteen months and 3 years old ‘yung kids ko nung nag-start kami sa car seat. Matinding iyakan talaga sa simula pero firm kami na dun sila kahit umiyak pa sila,” one mom shares.

    She adds, “Naging style namin na kahit umiyak hindi iaalis sa car seat kasi tatatak sa isip nila na iiyakan lang kayo, pwede na silang makaalis sa car seat.”

    Another member shares, “Medyo late ko na naintroduce ang car seat, mga 9 months na siya kaya struggle for me. At first, hindi nag-wo-work pero you have to make them understand kaya todo explain. As in, pagsakay ng car seat, dapat buckle up agad siya so ma-instill sa kanya na kapag nasa loob ng car, dapat car seat agad.”

    Looking for car seats that can grow with your child until 12 years old? Click here for our list.

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