how do i keep my 2 yr old from climbing out of carseat while driving?

Kelly - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my 2 yr old will not stop climbing out of his carseat.. we tried three different car seats.. one with chest guard and in between legs strap.. another is over the head and buckle in.. and the last one i tried, because i thought he was jeolous (sorry can't spell).. of my daughers seat, which is a booster using the regular car's seat belt.. he climbed out of all three.. he does not un buckle the strap but he slides and wiggles his body thro his seat belt to get out.. this drives me crazy.. i have four kids and he is the only one that refuse to stay in his seat.. i don't know what else to do.. he makes car rides be a nightmare.. if anyone knows what i can do.. please respond.. we are at the point where we do not want to go out anymore.. (my hubby and i)... please help.. thanks.

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Emma - posted on 12/03/2009

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i had the same problem with my daughter when she was 9 months on people will say its not fitted properly etc but i find people think they are better than you no offense to any body ... i couldnt find a car seat that she wouldnt get out of in the end i just got a bit of velcro to tie around the middle of the two arm straps and i only needed to use it 4 weeks and when she realised she never did it again but when i did take it off i pit some small toys around the straps (ones that wrap around or u can make them) so she didnt realise... she would spend so much time trying to get them off that she just gave up.

i hope this helps it mite not be suitable for urself or other parents but i also came to the end of my teather and this was the 1 thing i found that helped x good luck x

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Rebecca - posted on 10/21/2012

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You could do is put a bag of toys in your car for him to stay in his car seat. I have two year old daughter does samething also too.

Kari - posted on 12/04/2009

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One of my husband's colleagues uses zip ties to keep his son in the car seat. Not exactly sure what the safety repercussions are for that, but if you were as desperate as they were...

Jessica - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son has done this 2 times in his 3.5 years of life. He will still try to get out of the chest buckle while we're driving and I stop the car til he buckles it back up. And he gets mad b/c I stop the car and I just tell him then buckle up and we'll start going again. I did get out of the car the last time and buckled him back up myself and told him if he ever did it again while we were driving we were going back home and hasn't done it since

Elizabeth - posted on 12/03/2009

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i bribe my 2yo with tic tacs. Yes i know bribery is wrong but i'd rather give her 2 tic tacs... one to sit still long enough to get buckled, and one when we get to our destination for staying in her seat. I have tightened her straps enough to leave marks (like you get from a panty line) and she still managed to get her arms loose. I've tried 4 different carseats. This last one cost me $275. I refuse to buy another. I too thought she was jealous of her big sister's seat so we got her one just like it. (my 7yo was in a 5pt till about 6 mos ago). That did not help.

The tic tacs do however.

Mackenzie - posted on 12/02/2009

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You should only be able to fit 2 fingers under the straps if they are tight enough. Maybe check that. I know it looks like it's too tight, but that's the only way they can't escape. Wouldn't you rather have your baby safe than for their straps to be a little snug?

Michelle - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

Michelle.. Thanks but i know that the car seat straps are in right.. i have four kids and i also had the police show me how to properly install and strap the first set of kids.. i know that the straps are in.. he just know how to some how get it loose.. i tried to watch him while being the passenger and saw him fighting the straps til he got it.. now the only way i found that would keep him in his seat is if i tighten his seat belt all the way, but it looks like he would have pain from the straps.. i don't want him to be uncomfortable at the same time.. do you know of any way else that i can do? i thank you for your quick response.. i will go ahead and see the police again to see what i can do to accomplish this.. Thanks for your support.



honestly the only thing i can think of it the straps aren't tight enough... they should be snug so theres no way to get out... i know on my daughters seat the thing to tighten/loosen them there is no way a child could reach it and even if they could they wouldnt' have the strength to do it

Kelly - posted on 12/01/2009

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Michelle.. Thanks but i know that the car seat straps are in right.. i have four kids and i also had the police show me how to properly install and strap the first set of kids.. i know that the straps are in.. he just know how to some how get it loose.. i tried to watch him while being the passenger and saw him fighting the straps til he got it.. now the only way i found that would keep him in his seat is if i tighten his seat belt all the way, but it looks like he would have pain from the straps.. i don't want him to be uncomfortable at the same time.. do you know of any way else that i can do? i thank you for your quick response.. i will go ahead and see the police again to see what i can do to accomplish this.. Thanks for your support.

Michelle - posted on 12/01/2009

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if the straps are done correctly it's impossible for him to wiggle out... he's too young for a booster PERIOD i'ts unsafe... i'd take the seat to the police station and have them show you how to properly use it

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