If you have more than one young child then you’ll know how stressful it can be trying to keep everyone safe while getting them in and out of the car. It’s a bit of a juggling act, making sure your toddler is safe while you strap the baby into their seat.
Even if you have a system for sorting the toddler first and then the baby, whether you’re getting them in or out of the car, there are still bound to be times when you need to turn your back for a second to grab something from the car. And things get even more tricky if you add another child to the mix.
If you do find you worry about keeping your toddler safely by your car when you’re in a car park or by the side of the road, then this little trick can help.
Challenge them to keep one hand on a certain spot on the car until it’s time to go or to get in the car.
I did this with my children when they were younger and it worked brilliantly. I used to get Rhys to stand with one hand on the little fuel door while I got Nerys out of the car.
The little door is just the right size for little hands and you can make this into a fun challenge, getting them to keep touching the car, rather than just telling them to stand still by the car.
You can actually get magnets and vinyl stickers with hand-prints on them that you can put on your car to make it even easier for little children to know where to put their hands to stay safe in car parks. These are a great idea if your child needs a little something more to make this special for them. Their own special spot on the car to place their hand.
It might take a bit of time to teach them, and of course you still need to be watching them as much as you possibly can, but this little touch-the-car challenge for children is so handy as a way of keeping them close to the car and out of harm’s way.
Do you do this with your children? Or do you have a specific system for getting everyone in and out of the car each time? I’d love to hear what you do in the comments!