Do not let your child get out of his car seat while in a moving vehicle. To avoid boredom on a long trip, take along games, activities, books and story tapes. Have snacks and water handy, and make lots of stops along the way. Praise your child for sitting so well in the car seat.
Don't let your child give in to pressure. If he is with a friend or relative who does not use seat belts, stress how important seat belts are to your child.
And remember, all adults and all children riding in a car, truck, van, mini-van or SUV should be buckled a tall times. Buckling up is a habit you want to pass on to your children.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic