Before I became I mom, I never imagined I could spend so much time buckling my kid into stuff. From diaper changing stations to highchairs and strollers, I'm the buckler, and my kid is the buckled. Unfortunately, my toddler hates to be restrained, and every month it seems she devises a new trick in her attempts to foil me, leading me to look for car seat hacks for getting your kid buckled in fast and safely. Lately, she's been going straight as a board, arms flung overhead, anytime I try to strap her into her car seat. While impressive, it's also a huge pain in the neck.
Of course, if a toddler throws a fit about being stuck in a highchair for breakfast, you have some wiggle room: the kid can eat on the floor, at least until the coffee kicks in and you're better able to handle them. When it comes to car seats, however, the situation is 100 percent non-negotiable. A rear-facer is absolutely the safest place a baby can be, and parents have things to do. To ease the back pain that inevitably results from bending in half while trying to fold your kid into their titanium container every time you need to visit the darn grocery store, Romper recommends these car seat hacks.