Car Seat Battles with Toddlers

Are you constantly frustrated with fighting or negotiating your child into their car seat? Do you feel like getting your child into their car seat is a workout? Every woman, after carrying a child, needs to be mindful of her pelvic floor. Lifting a child up and down into a car seat, especially the heavier they get, can be harmful not only to one’s back but to the pelvic floor.

When visiting my sister-in-law, in Germany, she gave me a great car seat trick tip. The tip was advised to her via her post-birth recovery therapist, something offered, for free, to all women in Germany and France, a sort of “abdominal re-education”, and something sadly unknown and unheard of for women in the US. Her therapist gave the advice to put a stool in the car for the child to climb on to and get themselves into the car seat.

The following car seat trick is so simple and pure genius, but moms probably aren’t utilizing this easy trick. For those who are having, or will probably at some point have, a car seat battle with your toddler(s), here is a fantastic solution. There are several car seat battles to address. This one, in particular, is addressing the physical and mental battle of lifting your child into and out of the car seat; mostly for moms who drive SUV’s, minivans or lack that middle area where kids can crawl up into.

In my minivan, the seats are high up, and I don’t have a middle area; so my 4 year old can walk back to the third row to get into his seat. So my twins have been unable to get into their car seats by themselves. That left me picking up and negotiating my two heavy twins into their car seats, going on 2 years. If you have been struggling, like me, than the following trick will help you.

No middle seat so my toddlers can't crawl up into their seats which means I have to always lift them up and down into their seats
No middle seat so my toddlers can’t crawl up into their seats
By placing a stool in the middle, my toddlers are now able to climb up into their seat on their own.
By placing a stool in the middle, my toddlers are now able to climb up into their seat on their own.
The stool doesn't fit perfectly in the middle but is squeezed in and pushed up some, but this is better so that my boys can step on one side and have the stool flip over
The stool doesn’t fit perfectly in the middle but is squeezed in and pushed up some. I think this is better so that my boys can step on one side and the stool won’t flip over.
I still have their car seats facing back but once turned around for forward facing, you can see how the stool will still be able to assist with them getting up and into their car seat
I still have their car seats facing back but once turned around for forward facing, you can see how the stool will still be able to assist with them getting up and into their car seat

The Top 4 Reasons Why I Love This Trick
1) Stop Frustrations and Battles: When your child starts to exert their own will and independence, this gives them more control. Often, getting my 23 month old twins into their car seats was a constant battle of negotiating, yelling, crying, forcing, pushing, or chasing after. When I started giving them the ability to climb into their own seats, they were happy and immediately took to this, crawling up into their own seats without any needed assistance from me.

2) Pelvic Floor: Lessening the times that you have to lift your child up and down, helps lessons heavy lifting or the wrong sort of pressure placed on your pelvic floor.

3) Back condition: I have a bad back and for me not having to twist and torque all the fancy-smancy ways to get the toddlers up, sideways, backwards and down into their car seat has made a huge difference on the condition of my back.

4) Save time: Lastly, I thought it was faster trying to put my toddlers into their car seats; because let’s face it, sometimes it can take hours just to get your kids out the door, and then you don’t have the luxury of stalling in the car, so getting them in their car seats needs to be quick. The first week, using the stool, it did take some talking, convincing, and training to get my toddlers to understand how to climb into their car seats, on their own, via the stool. However, after that, they took to it so well, allowing me to load up the car while they climbed into the car seat. They’ve even started hooking their own seat belts so all I have to do is tighten belts and get myself in the car.

So this simple little car seat trick, has saved me in so many ways. It’s helped to save my sanity, my pelvic floor, time, and my back. No more car seat battles with toddlers!
Here are some stools that I love; Babybjorn, and this Disney Stool is the one we use for our car. We also have several similar disney stools but in the theme of cars which we use in our bathrooms for the boys. I bought the purple just to change things up.

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2 thoughts on “Car Seat Battles with Toddlers

    • This has made a huge difference on my back alone!! Hope it helps. My boys have even turned it into a slide. Even my older son slides down it before exiting the car, lol

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