Car seat safety help!!

Nikki - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Hi Ladies, I have a little issue, my very clever little toddler has learned how to unbuckle herself from her car seat. I swear I have trouble with it, but some how she can get it open. Does anyone know if there is any kind of device I can purchase, like some sort of shield so she cannot access the button?

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Candace - posted on 06/24/2011

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I had this same problem a couple of months ago. My mom made us a thing out of denim that wraps around the buckle and the straps up to where the clasp is. It snaps on the back and solved our problem. I'm not very crafty so God bless my mother!

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Nikki - posted on 06/27/2011

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Yeah most people I know turn their babies at 6 months, which is the recommendation here.

Merry - posted on 06/27/2011

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Ooh good to know! Idk why australia has such an issue with letting babies stay rf...
There's an Aussie lady here who said she turned her daughter ff at 4 months even tho she didn't reach 12kg until13 months because all her friends ff their babies at 4 months. Sad

Nikki - posted on 06/26/2011

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Isobel is over the recommended rear facing requirements for her seat. Sorry I don't do pounds! but hers is 12kg rear facing and she is 13kg. But I found out from Britax that her particular seat is tested rear facing to the limit capacity of 20kg as safe, but because of our Australian standards only go up to 12kg rear facing that's what they put on the seat. Does that make sense? it's early, no sleep again.

Merry - posted on 06/26/2011

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I think the first two years are the most important anyways. It's mostly how big their head is when they are young. I've seen moms admit here they forward faced as early as 3 months one mom said, and commonly at 6 months and tons say 10 months or so. It's just sad.

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WOW! How wrong was I? I misunderstood when I bought the seat. It's only rear-facing up to 35lbs.

I guess it doesn't really matter, as I already have her forward facing. We switched her a while back. While I do encourage new mother's to follow the laws, and keep their children rear-facing as long as possible, I don't fault anyone who chooses to forward-face their child, as long as they meet all the requirements. Roxanne was rear-facing until just after her second birthday, if I remember correctly.

Merry - posted on 06/26/2011

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No it's just a pic off the web. Idk how old she is but the seat looks awesome! I bet Roxannes seat won't allow for 100lbs rear facing, usually there's a weight limit rearfacing and also a front facing limit which is much higher. I think most seats in USA are rf limit of 35-45 lbs......

Nikki - posted on 06/25/2011

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I think so Dana, I have read a lot of reviews of mothers forums about other Aussie mums buying them. I cannot imagine any mother who is concerned enough to break the law and import a car seat would use them if they were not 100% compatible. But saying that, I have more research to do before I purchase.

This is the website you can purchase them from, has nots of info too.
http://www.carseat.se/

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Is that your daughter, Laura? How old is that kid?

I guess the seat Roxanne is in now is good up to 100lbs, so she could be an adult still sitting rear-facing. lmfao.

Nikki - posted on 06/24/2011

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They have them rear facing in Sweden up until about 7, hence why I want to import a car seat from there, because they are designed for older children. They have a 0% child fatality rate in car accidents with rear facing car seats.

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You're going to keep Issy rear-facing until she's 5 or 6 YEARS old? I've never heard of that. I can't imagine my nieces being rear facing still. How would that even be possible?

Don't get me wrong......I'm a huge rear-facing advocate, but I've never heard that before, Nikki.

Merry - posted on 06/24/2011

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My sons car seat will keep him rearfacing til 45 lbs so I think that's about 4 for his percentile curve :)

Lissa - posted on 06/24/2011

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Glad I was of some help Nikki :) Hopefully that will be an end to the problem.

Nikki - posted on 06/24/2011

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THANK YOU Lissa! You are a life saver, and I possibly mean that quite literally! :)

Thanks Laura :) it is hard to keep them rear facing here because our car seats are not exactly designed for it over here and I have an above average large toddler. She was possibly trying to escape because she is so squished in lol But yes, it is very important to me, I am looking at importing a rear facing seat from Sweden at the moment so I can keep her rear facing until she is about 5-6. Not exactly legal, but hey it's safer so I will take the risk of a fine.

Candace - posted on 06/24/2011

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Oh, I just looked at that post from Lissa. Our thing looks alot like that minus Dora. It doesn't go quite so high up on the straps. I guess my mom should start selling those things.

Merry - posted on 06/24/2011

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Bravo for keeping her rear facing! Lol, that's one of my biggest safety issues is early forward facing!

Kellie - posted on 06/24/2011

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Oh the things to look forward to! Dear God LOL

From what I could see in my search results, it seems to be a common problem around Issy's age, so you're definitely not alone. I can't imagine why some safety expert hasn't resolved this problem.

Nikki - posted on 06/24/2011

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Yes, there might be Kellie! I can't believe she can get it open, I know it was closed properly because I am really anal about double checking it. hmm, I don't know what I will do? It's hard because she is 19 months and still rear facing so I didn't realise she had done it until she was climbing out onto the back seat while I was still driving! Almost had a heart attack!

Kellie - posted on 06/24/2011

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There's this, but I don't think it quite answers your problem :/

http://www.babyland.com.au/car-safety/22...

I continued googling and it seems there isn't a way to Toddler Proof it as such (mmm might be a money making idea in that! LOL) but to cover it with a toy or tape, basically distract and deter her until she gives up.

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