What you should do if your baby hates car seat? Each year, a lot of young children are injured or killed in car accidents. To help keep your children safe, it is very important to use a car seat/safety seat. There are two types of babies or toddlers. Some babies love the car seat and some hate car seats. Unfortunately, my daughter fell into the latter category. She always cries when I put her in the car seat/safety seat. So I spent much time to help her use the car seat. Proper use of car seats helps babies or toddlers in car crashes. But babies cannot understand that. Outside the car, babies are used to more physical attention and more freedom of movement. But when they are belted into the car seat or safety seat, they cannot do that. And they know mom cannot hold them too. It is a big challenge to drive the car when your baby is crying. A wrong decision will put everyone in the car at risk. I know I am not the only one have this issue. Many parents try to find some tricks that can make babies stop crying in the car seat. In this article, I just show you my experience about that. Make sure your baby or toddler is healthy Usually you should have experience to know whether your baby is ill or not. If she/ he is ill, go to see a doctor. Consider what they are wearing and the temperature Many babies struggle in the car seat because they are too warm (or too cold). Baby’s feeling may be different from an adult. And never put your baby in the car seat/safety seat wearing a jacket. You can try to control the car temperature, and let your baby wear the jacket when getting out of the car. Let your baby know the danger without car seat When my daughter is about 30 months, I put her in the car seat without belt and her mother sit beside. I drive the car at 20~35 km/h, and then stop suddenly. She fell off the car seat and cried. After several times, she knows that it is dangerous to sit in the car without a belt. Now every time I put her in the car, she will go to the car seat by herself and ask me to belt her. My baby never hates car seat again. Of course, it is a little dangerous to do that. You must ensure your baby won’t be hurt seriously. So mom must be beside to make sure your baby is safe! And if you plan to do that, I suggest you to start before your child is 6 years old. Put car seat/safety seat in the house You can put your car seat in the house and let your baby sit and play in it every day. In this way, your baby will be familiar with the car seat. Of course, you can buy two car seats too. I had done that. But there are different opinions. Some safety experts say that parents should not place a baby in the car seat outside of the vehicle. Because the most dangerous time for babies to be in car seats is when they are not actually in the car. There is one rule maybe you don’t know: infants should not be left in a car seat for over one hour at a time. They should not sleep in car seats that is not inside the vehicle. Even though I had put my car seat inside my house, I don’t recommend you to do that now. Play music in the car or sing a song Playing music can calm babies, especially when you play your baby’s favorites. And some babies enjoy hearing dad or mom sing. So it is best to prepare a playlist of your baby’s favorite songs. Ensure your baby has not outgrown the car seat/safety seat If your baby outgrows the car seat, she/he will be uncomfortable. When that happens, you need to change a new car seat. That will avoid your baby hate car seat. Try to shorten your driving time If you drive for a long time, your baby and you may be uncomfortable. It will cause your baby hates car seat. And your baby will be at risk for decreased oxygen levels too. Trying to avoid long time driving is good for all people in the car. Prepare some toys in the car Some interesting toys may hold your baby’s attention, and that will be helpful. But these toys should be soft and safe. And you must avoid hard toys that may cause injury in a quick stop. Use baby rear view mirror When you drive the car, usually you cannot see your baby from the original car rear view mirror. And it is very dangerous to turn your head. A baby rear view mirror can help you to see your baby without turn your head whilst driving. Use a sunshade in the car window Sometimes sunshine in baby’s face is a problem. Use a window-stick-on type sunshade will be helpful.