Toddler : Safety promotion and injury prevention : Using car safety restraints
Using car safety restraints
Read manufacturer directions and follow them exactly.
Anchor safety seat securely to automobile seat and apply harness snugly to child.
Do not start the car until everyone is properly restrained.
Always use the restraint, even for short trips.
If child begins to climb out or undo the harness, firmly say, “No.”
It may be necessary to stop the car to reinforce the expected behavior. Use rewards to encourage cooperative behavior.
Encourage child to help attach buckles, straps, and shields, but always double-check fastenings.
Decrease boredom on long trips. Keep soft toys in the car for quiet play; talk to child; point out objects and teach child about them. Stop periodically. If child wishes to sleep, make certain that he or she stays in the restraint.
Insist that others who transport children also follow these safety rules.