Tips For Keeping Child In Carseat

Lianna - posted on 03/22/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Please share tips for keeping a 2-yr old (or any young child) in the carseat when the seat belt is no match for the child!

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Bianca Marie - posted on 03/28/2012

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A Houdini Stop is brilliant for stopping a child from removing their arms from their harnesses. www.houdinistop.com . It has been officially crash tested and proven safe. As for the child unbuckling their carseat, try putting a large piece of sticky velcro (the pokey side) on the release button. They may not like the feel of it when they press down

Heather - posted on 03/25/2012

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a 2, 3, or 4 year old should NEVER be in a seatbelt, or in a booster seat with a seatbelt. They should be in a car seat with a 5 point harness till they are 5 or 6 years old, at least. So when you put your child in a car seat the way they should be, then you can complain about them getting out of it. Totally not cool you are using a seatbelt and booster seat for your 2 year old.

Felicity - posted on 03/23/2012

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Hi. When my daughter was 2 she used to taken her arms out of the straps all the time. We used to put a cd on in the car that she liked. As soon as she took her arms out we used to turn the music off and told her it wouldn't go back on until she put her arms back in. It didn't take that long for her to leave her arms in.

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Angela - posted on 06/03/2014

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Can anyone suggest a way to keep an 8yr. old child, who is Autistic and keeps getting himself out of the car seat? He has learned to undo all clasps and buckles AND he is in a proper car seat. I even suggested my daughter intertwine all the straps and buckles with a rope....she needs to keep him in there safely all the way to the special school he goes to....30min.+ drive. Out of ideas...we need help!

C - posted on 04/01/2012

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My son has just turned 2 @ the begining of the month, I got the shock of my life last week, when not only did he undo his seat but lept over into the front and headed for the passenger door handle, whilst the car was moving (thankful not very fast on a quiete side street so I was able to stop him).......MY ANSWER...... All the straps on a car seat are removable - take them all off and swap them around so that the buckle is back to front (release button is facing the child) .....you will still be able to undo it (althouh is a little trickier) but the child won't!

Colleen - posted on 03/29/2012

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I have never had this problem with my daughter either. My son tests my limits EVERY day. Good luck

Katherine - posted on 03/28/2012

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There is also a plastic cover you can put over the red buckle. Ah just found it at the Houdini shop lol.

Lianna - posted on 03/28/2012

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Sorry, I thought by saying "carseat" everyone knew I meant "5-point harness"...not a booster seat. I made that clarification a few posts down in this thread, too. Thank you, Suzanne, for pointing this out!



Thanks for the advice. I'm going to find some "car only" toys. You would think our DVD player would do the trick, but after 5 min, he's over that!



The adding velcro is a good idea, too. I might have to give that a whirl. I'll look in to the Houdini stop, too!



And yes, Colleen, I'm going to pull the Police Card. I don't want him to be scared of the police, but he needs to realize there are laws for a reason.



I never had this problem with my daughter. Little boys are just a bit more ornery!

Colleen - posted on 03/26/2012

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My son was doing this last week, and I pulled over once and re-hooked it and I told him he better not do that again because it was against the law, he could get hurt. About two blocks down the road he did it again, so I pulled over and re-hooked, at just that moment a police officer drove past, and I told my son, there is the Police, if you un-hook again, I will have him pull over and he can have a talk with you. This really scared him. When ever he attempts it, I use the Police card. I have in my mind that if he does do it again, I will actually have the Police talk to him. My husband has several friends that are officers.

CJ - posted on 03/26/2012

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We've always stressed the point to my daughter about how she needs to stay in her carseat and straps, becuase they keep her safe in the car. I've only had one instance where she tried to get out of her straps. She'd whine and say she wanted out of her seat, or when getting in the car she'd want to sit on the regular car seats, and we'd just remind her that she needs to be in her seat because it's what keeps her safe in the car. Just like mommy and daddy's seatbelts keep us safe when we're in the car. Which resulted in her always asking us if we have our seatbelts on after she's buckled in, but that's not a bad thing :) If that doesn't work, there are covers you can get that cover the upper buckle on a 5-point harness, so your child can not get it undone, I can't remember which site I saw them on, but I'm sure if you check amazon or use a search engine you could find them. The one's I've seen have cute little animal designs. I believe I was looking for child travel accessories for an upcoming trip when I came across them. As my daughter is all about staying safe, we aren't in need of them, but I checked them out because they were cute. Another thing that could help is something to entertain your child in the car. My daughter always brings at least one toy and/or book with her when we go anywhere, and for her 3rd birthday in feb. she got a leapster explorer, which we found well worth the money when we discovered how much calmer and quieter our car rides have become. Before she was always whining or asking what everything outside the window was, or asking how much longer it was going to be (it only takes 10 minutes to get to town from our house, but most trips felt much much longer). But now we bring her leapster along and most days she just quietly plays a game, or watches a video, or takes pictures (we got the camera extension).

Suzanne - posted on 03/25/2012

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Please read the posts before you comment. Nobody has said anything about putting a two year old in just an ordinary seat belt, everyone here has been talking about carseats unless I'm missing something!! I do say seatbelt when referring to buckling up my two year old in his car seat, I'm guessing other people do too but reading the posts it's clear these kids are in proper car seats.

Katherine - posted on 03/25/2012

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Heather is RIGHT. Why on earth do you have your 2 year old in a seat belt and not a 5 point harness?

Belinda - posted on 03/25/2012

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The seat belt covers work really well. Just remember, if you kid gets out of the carseat, pull over to a safe place immediately BEFORE dealing with the kid. A woman was turning around talking to her kid who was out of the seat, rear ended the car in front of her, her kid is now dead.

Angela - posted on 03/24/2012

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I had four in varying sized car seats at one time, and several that could undo the buckles and straps. It helped me to find a few toys that my children really wanted to play with and designated them ONLY for when they are in their car seat! Maybe that will help? Good Luck.

Suzanne - posted on 03/24/2012

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My son has done the same, he's nearly 3, the first time he did it I thought i hadn't fastened it properly, the second time I was so shocked as I was driving I really shouted at him and he was so shout at me shouting like that he sat back down!! He hadn't done it since but it's only a matter of time!



I don't think u can get a cover as I've looked, think it's because if u crash u need to get them out quick. I did notice that when I tighten his straps that its easier to press the release button so might be worth checking if this is the same on yours?



Good luck, my son is starting to understand and listen more so once your son (and mine!) know they have to keep it on he might stay put!! Xxx

Lianna - posted on 03/23/2012

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Thank you! I will search for a seat belt cover. Surely, there has to be something out there...there's some sort of gadget for everything. Crossing my fingers that I find something that will work!

Kristy - posted on 03/23/2012

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Do a search on google and also check ebay. I can't remember what exactly it was under maybe baby and then travelling or other products but i do recall seeing something recently that went over the buckle so children can not un do it. Sorry i can not be more specific but maybe check it out. Good luck.

Lianna - posted on 03/22/2012

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Yes, our 2-yr old is undoing BOTH buckles on the 5-point harness! I even have trouble with the main buckle, but he has no problem! I've tried different carseats, but he figures them out, too. When he gets the buckle undone, I pull over immediately and put him back in his seat. Then, a few moments later, I'm repeating the process. I was hoping to find a carseat (or something) that was pretty much child resistant...even though I thought most carseats were.



Agreed, that it's a bit harder to reason with a 2-yr old than an older child..which is adding to the problem.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/22/2012

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Like Amy said, *I* can barely manage the carseat straps. My 2-year-old is big and strong for his age, with good fine motor skills, and there is no way he'd be able to manage it. Maybe you need a different carseat.



When they're older, it might help (depending on temperment of child) to scare them a little. One of my students has a 5 year old who would unbuckle her seatbelt as soon as they turned into the side street that led to their house. They tried to reason with her and scold her, but she kept doing it. One day as they were driving down the side street and their daughter was out of the seatbelt again, her dad slammed on the brakes and the girl bumped her head on the seat ahead of her. They explained to her that even though they were close to home and driving more slowly, it still was dangerous and she needed to keep her seatbelt on. They haven't had a problem since.



I don't think it would work with a two-year-old, though. The reasoning skills aren't there.

Amy - posted on 03/22/2012

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Your two year old can get out of there 5 point harness car seat? Sometimes I struggle to get the straps undone between the legs I can't imagine my daughter doing it by herself. As far as the chest strap I think you can buy a cover so they can't get at it. Although the first time my oldest undid his chest strap I immediately pulled over explained how dangerous it was and if he kept doing it we wouldn't be going anywhere fun.

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