How do I stop my 18 month old taking her arms out of her car seat straps?

Donna - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old keeps taking her arms out of her car seat straps, does anyone know where I can buy a clip that attaches to the straps that snaps together so she cant get her arms out? I've searched the net but to no avail!!

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Renee - posted on 07/15/2010

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I think because she's only 18 months, you need to get a five-point harness that she can't squirm out of. Hitting, yelling or stopping the car might not be as effective with a child so young.

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Maybe a giant diaper pin? A great big safety pin going through the strap and her shirt? That will make her tie herself in a knot and I don't see how she can get her arms through.
It's going to be a pain in the butt to get her in and out of the carseat with a whole added step of the pin... but if it's to save her life, any step would be worth it.

Sherri - posted on 07/15/2010

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At 18mo's they do understand give them the credit they are do. Plus five pt harness still have the chest buckle that slides down and they can get there arms out so she will need to make her completely stop for her life.

Sherri - posted on 07/15/2010

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I only did it because it is a life or death situation if my son had done this in the accident I was in this past winter he would be dead. A man ran a stop sign and I hit him head on doing 35mph.

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Whenever my kids took their arms out of their seatbelts, I would pull over, turn the engine off and tell them we don't go any further until the seatbelt is back on.

Sneaky - posted on 07/15/2010

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I have seen them in Big W (Aussie version of Walmart?) - it is more like one of those cushioned seat belt strap covers, only it goes around both the straps across the child's chest.

Controversial I know, but I agree somewhat with Sherri. The first time my 2 year old took her arms out I pulled over, strapped her back up and warned her if she did it again she would get a smack. She did it again so I pulled over and smacked her. She has never done it again.

BTW I only condone smacking in a life or death situation (like running onto the road), and don't kid yourself, getting out of the car seat is life or death. I had an acquaintance that lost a child that way - she was driving through an intersection, turned to yell at her daughter and was slammed in the side by a guy that ran a red light. Her daughter was flung out the window. If you have to smack your child once or twice so that they understand how important it is to stay strapped in, then do it!

Iridescent - posted on 07/15/2010

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Even the ones with the clip, most of them can be slid down enough to climb out. It was a large problem for us with 3 of our 5 kids. We currently have Evenflo Chase DLX seats for two of the kids because they still do this, and there is an adjuster on it there, blocking the bar from being slid down. They are inexpensive and safe seats as well. We paid $59 each.

Olivia - posted on 07/15/2010

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Wow please don't do that. Take the clip of the first stage car seat and put it on your new seat maybe? I know that you can undo the straps so just slide the clip off, I just thought of that and I will probably do that for mine since you can't find one for a 2nd stage car seat.

Sherri - posted on 07/15/2010

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Stop the car immediately take her out and spank her and put her back in her seat while talking very sternly about how dangerous that is. My son did it once never again after I did this.

Donna - posted on 07/15/2010

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Thanks for that, but I've only noticed them on 0+ (first stage) car seats. The one I have (2nd stage 1-4 years) didn't come with such a thing. I thought I might have been able to buy one from somewhere?

Olivia - posted on 07/15/2010

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Car seats should already have the clip in place. Just raise the first clip up to shoulder level and it should stop her.

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