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How to convince your child that car seats are "COOL"

Uh-oh. Its finally happened: your little one has decided they no longer need to sit in a car seat or booster. We have all heard the complaints and appeals; “BUT MOM car seats are for babies, they aren’t cool, my friends are allowed to wear just a seatbelt!” Here are some tips to help you convince that not-so-grown-up kiddo that a car seat is where they are safest:

  • Explain to your child exactly what happens in the event of a crash. While it may be an abstract concept still, it may help for them to know they are at risk of getting “some pretty big boo-boos” if they are not in their seat.
  • Make it fun! Let your child be in charge of making sure everyone in the vehicle is safely buckled up.
  • Set an example and always, always, always wear your seatbelt!
  • Never let your child ride without their seat, even for a few blocks. Knowing that the rule can be negotiable will make them more likely to try and negotiate on future, longer trips.
  • If you are moving up a seat, let your child pick their own pattern or fabric. Having a seat they actually like makes it easier to follow the rules!
  • Make sure your child knows they can’t go anywhere without being buckled up in their seat. Their seat may be more appealing if they know that they can’t go to the park without getting into it!
  • Make sure your child still fits into their seat and they are not being pinched or squeezed!
  • Make it “cool to be safe!”

Hopefully these tips can help you change THIS….                                    Into this!



  • Natalie Chew

    Is a really great suggestions for making it fun. When we needed a new car seat she wasn’t quite old enough to really understand or care. She loves her new one that is still facing backwards until she outgrows it.

  • Vickie Norberg

    Great ideas!

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