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Keep the Campaign on Pressure isn’t appropriate, but reminders are. Use things like, “What’s the magic word?” or “Did you forget something?” If you get the appropriate response, great. If not, fill in the blank for your child and you make it clear that you think it’s important.
Listen to your toddler Children who are listened to make better listeners, and being a good listener is an important part of being a polite person.
Make her comfortable If your toddler is struggling because the car seat is too small, the buckle is too hot, or for some other painful reason, taking the time to alleviate these problems may go a long way towards a hassle free buckling.
Approach the issue indirectly.
Don’t call attention to the fact that you will be buckling your child into his or her seat, which is likely to elicit immediate protest, distract your child with casual chatter (“look st the snow—see how pretty it is”) or challenge her with a questions. Also, try to make up a silly song or rhyme that your toddler can sing when being strapped in.
Add some music, maestro Always have a supply of engaging children’s tunes ready to soothe your toddler once he or she has been strapped in.
Strap in some entertainment While diversion may not always work, it’s worth a try. Keep a selection of toys that can be snapped, Velcro, or tied ( with plastic rings or a ribbon no longer than 6 inches) to the car seat. (Unattached toys are potentially dangerous, as they can be thrown in the drivers line of view, or dropped in an inaccessible area.) Avoid musical instruments that may distract the driver.
Buckle up together The buckle-up rule should apply to everyone in your car, including the driver in interest of safety and fairness.
Let her buckle up her “baby” If there are enough seat belts to go around, let your toddler buckle in a teddy bear, a doll, or favorite toy before she gets into her car seat. Otherwise, use a makeshift “belt” to tie the doll to your toddler’s seat. Explain that safety belts are meant to keep her toys from falling out or getting hurt; that’s why people need to buckle up, too!
Put your toddler in charge When your toddler is old enough to understand the idea, appoint him or her the safety-belt monitor, responsible fore reminding everyone to buckle up. Pretend to forget once in a while so he or she can catch you, but don’t move until every one has buckled up.
Allow no exceptions Even one, “Okay, no belt, today” could be a fatal mistake. A simple trip down the road could be deadly for a child who isn’t restrained. Also, surrendering one time could undermine your authority, raising hop in