carseat issues

Rebecca - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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we can not seem to be able to keep our little boy in his carseat he can unbuckle it while we are going down the road and gets out if we can't get it undone he will just push the buckle that goes across his chest down so he can do whatever he wants. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do we have tried all that i can think of i have look for something to be able to keep the buckle across the chest up where he can't get it down but have had no luck

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Sarah - posted on 11/20/2010

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I had this problem with my daughter who was 3 at the time. I would stop the car everytime she would unbuckle. Your son is probably younger, so it may be harder to get the message through. I think you really have to be consistent about putting him back in it and eventually when he realizes he's not getting anything out of it he will stop. You could try taking a drive or two just to get the lesson accross. But then you also have to be prepared to keep stopping even when you are in a hurry. Kids seem to know when we really don't want to be bothered. It will take a lot of patience, but its cheaper and easier than trying out a new carseat every week. Whatever his motivation to get out is, you have to let him know he's not going to get it. And it may be he is doing it just to frustrate you. In that case you have to make sure you remain calm until he gets bored of it.

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Lindzy - posted on 12/23/2010

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whoops i see you have evenflo and cosco seats, yes this is a common complaint with those types of clips :(

Lindzy - posted on 12/23/2010

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what seat do you have? There are a few things to try, the most important is to make sure you have the straps very snug, there should be no slack at all. You can also purchase some velcro at a craft store and attach the prickly side to the chest clip, sometimes kids don't like the feel and this will deter them from touching. But I'll be completely honest when it boils down to it really all you can do is discipline, the unbuckling is a common issue at this age and we see it all the time. Pull over if the child has unbuckled and explain how much it scares you when he does that, how dangerous it is etc. And continue to be consistent and respond in that manner, he's testing his boundaries and the sooner you show him that you are boss and this is how he rides safely than he will stop. I had to do this with my own dd. Luckily her current seat she cannot get undone at all but she is a ball of fire getting into it :)

If you have any more questions please ask away, I'm a child passenger safety tech with Safekids USA :)

Brandee - posted on 11/23/2010

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My son is 2 and we have a Graco carseat that will convert to a booster.. The Natuilius (sp?).. He does not fuss with his or complain about it ever.. It will harness him until he is up to 65 lbs.. He is only 28 lbs. right now, so we have a long way to go.. I do make sure the straps are tight, but there is no way he has the strength to unbuckle the chest latch and definitely not the latch between his legs.. even I have a hard time with that one some days.. We love love love this carseat.. You could try a reward system.. If he stays in his carseat he gets a piece of candy or $1 toy or a sticker, etc.. That way if he does undo his buckle you can just take away the reward.. Good Luck and be safe.

Katelynn - posted on 11/18/2010

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my little girl does the same thing! i haven't found much that works other than keeping her straps as tight as they can go with out hurting her.

Rebecca - posted on 11/18/2010

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we have 3 different ones a evenflo triump and 2 kinds if cosco i know that im not the only one with this problem cause a friend of ours says her little boy does the same thing

Allison - posted on 11/18/2010

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OMG what car seat do you have. I have two year old twins and never had problems with my Britax marathon.

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