Car seat troubles. HELP!

Mindi - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my son is 2years old and can unbuckle the harness on his car seat , i dont know what to do with him he weighs 30 pounds and is about 36 inches tall so im not sure what to do please help

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Rebekah - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 years old as well and he can do the same thing! I believe that you should pull over and spank him (2/3 pops) and of course give him a talk about it because toddlers will knw & STILL try you as a parent! Good luck on this!

Heather - posted on 08/07/2009

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I really wouldn't put a 2 year old in a booster seat, even a high backed one. He still needs a 5 point harness at this age to be safe, even if he meets the height and weight requirements. They are now recommending that children be rear-facing until age two. They do make bigger 5 point harness seats, I have one. Really, I think it's more about the not going anywhere until the seat is buckled. If it comes unbuckled then the car stops. Believe me, I have a two year old and it is VERY hard to make them listen, but this is about safety, not something small like throwing peanut butter on the floor!My vote is for putting him back in the Britax. Talk about the seat a lot during the day and how it keeps him safe so he doesn't get hurt and owies. If you don't want to deal with the ordeal of stopping the car when you have to be somewhere, then go out to the car and pretend like you have to go somewhere. Practice with it. Maybe have some sort of reward (Skittles?) that he gets if he keeps his seat on.

Just my two cents. I'm very safety conscious and know a booster seat is not very safe for a two year old.

~heather

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Denise - posted on 03/05/2014

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My four year old does this and I just distract her with lots of things to do bag. I also found beltlock available on amazon I think.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2012

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My daughter can get out of anything. I've tried everything!! Spanking, pulling over, we have sat in parking lots for hours, I'm reading all of this looking for answers myself. This is a tough subject, all kids r different & some don't respond to yelling, spanking, rewards,...etc. glad something has worked for you!

Alfreda - posted on 02/07/2012

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I pulled the car over and refused to move until she put her seat belt back on. It was a quiet street, so I did a sudden stop. Explained that I cannot drive if you do not have your seat belt on because if I crash she will fly out the windshield. Then I turned on the radio and started to sing until she put her seat belt back on again. She cried for a long time before doing it, as she is very stubborn and hates giving in; but eventually she put it back on. Then I started to drive again. I did this the very first time she tried it, and she never did it again. Luckily we were not in a hurry to get somewhere, just on our way home from school.

Mindi - posted on 08/04/2009

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Actually its not only the top buckle he was undoing it was both he was undoing the top and the bottom. And i purchased him a high back booster and he is doing incredibly well and stays in it and does not unbuckle his seat belt at all anymore

Vicie - posted on 08/04/2009

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Can you take the clip off and turn it around, so the release button is facing his chest instead of facing out. That might make it harder for him to get it unbuckled. You can also make sure the straps are fitting very snug so he can't get his fingers underneath them. You will probably have to loosen them to get him out, but that little extra step might be worth it. I've also heard of people putting a piece of the scratchy side of velcro on the button so it's not fun for them to touch.

What about purchasing a special toy that he only gets to play with in the car? It might be enough to distract him away from messing with the button on the harness.

Good Luck! My older son went through this stage, and it was frustrating as well as scary.

Tiffany - posted on 08/02/2009

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My son started doing that, he was just unbuckling the piece that goes across the chest and my mother-in-law on the way somewhere, stopped by the police station and took him in, he hasn't done it since then. Not to say that's the right thing to do but that's the only thing we could think of that would make him realize we were serious.

Jenny - posted on 07/15/2009

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I have been having the same trouble with my son.He can undo the buckle. I have went through 3 diffeent buckles trying to find one he cant undo and I finally found one yesterday at Babies R Us. This one has the button in the middle of the buckle so when I installed the new buckle I make it to where the strap comes over the top of that button instead of behind it. Its an Eddie Bauer brand buckle. He cant see where I unbuckle him now. Good luck!

Jen - posted on 07/07/2009

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lol, yeah your Britax should be toddler proof, they are NICE car seats, but sounds like he's pretty determined. That'll be a very useful trait when he's an adult! Glad the booster is working for you!

Mindi - posted on 07/07/2009

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The car seat he has is a $250 britax, and exactly how do you explain to a 2 yr old that?? I mean hes smart and all but i dont think he understand that. Plus i also have 3 other car seats that he can also get out of two at my moms and one his dad has. I've tried threatening him with the whole we won't go anywhere anymore and that doesnt work because he loves going bye bye, i tried a booster one time so far and he has no clue how to get out of that so far

Jen - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:

Can you not just explain to him the importance of wearing a seat-belt?!? Maybe look through his children's books and find pictures of other kids/characters wearing a seat-belt? My son would have a complete melt-down if I forgot to buckle him. One time I dropped him into his seat and then got into the front seat to buckle him (because it was raining) and he was screaming at me to "buckle! buckle!" before I could turn around to snap it.



This made me laugh!  Sorry, but some things I just  "explain" the importance of to my two year old, and she barely bats an eye!  And I have a pretty sweet little girl, so I'm told!  Every kid is different.  If you're uncomfortable with the booster idea (I'm pcituring escape artist, slipping out from the seat belt kind of thing) maybe buy a more expensive, sturdy car seat.  They really shouldn't be able to unbuckle themselves?!  Just a thought, def not speaking from absolute authority.  Good luck, I know that must be frsutrating and scary!!



 

Rebekah - posted on 07/06/2009

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Can you not just explain to him the importance of wearing a seat-belt?!? Maybe look through his children's books and find pictures of other kids/characters wearing a seat-belt? My son would have a complete melt-down if I forgot to buckle him. One time I dropped him into his seat and then got into the front seat to buckle him (because it was raining) and he was screaming at me to "buckle! buckle!" before I could turn around to snap it.

Mindi - posted on 07/05/2009

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thank you thats what i thought but i just wasnt for sure if i could do that yet

Victoria - posted on 07/04/2009

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Quoting Mindi:

Car seat troubles. HELP!

my son is 2years old and can unbuckle the harness on his car seat , i dont know what to do with him he weighs 30 pounds and is about 36 inches tall so im not sure what to do please help


My son did the same.  If you have a car seat that can be converted into a booster I would take out the harness belts and use the seat belt over him.  If you don't have one of those car seats just get a booster seat.  He meets the  weight and height.  That's what I did.  Hope this helps.

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