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Tania - posted on 05/31/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So my 20 month old has figured out how to undo the chest clip on his car seat. We have a My Ride 65, he is still rear facing and we intended to have him remain this way for as long as possible.
Now I am thinking do we turn him...which I am terrified to do and sitting in the back seat with him isn't always an option.
So now what?

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Kate CP - posted on 05/31/2011

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My daughter used to wiggle and squirm her arms out of the harness in the car seat sometimes. I told her to fix it or I would stop the car and we wouldn't go anywhere. She didn't. So I pulled over on the highway, turned on my blinkers, pulled out a book and waited. After 5 minutes of her screaming and crying to keep driving she realized I wasn't moving the car until she had adjusted herself. So she put her arms back in and said "There, Mommy. Can we go, now?" I smiled at her, thanked her for putting her seatbelt back on, and we drove home. It was hard to do but she never did it again.

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Turning him won't fix the problem. I can't believe he can do that. My 3 1/2 year old buckles hers up but she doesn't undo it. I agree that you have to stop the car and go home if he keeps doing it. If you have to take him with you on a road trip or something and nothing is working, you might have to duct tape it or something so he can't undo it so easily. I know, not the best fix, but it's better than having him unbuckled.

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So stop the car EVERY SINGLE TIME he does it and buckle it back up. If he continues to refuse then go home and explain to him that because he can't be safe then he doesn't get to go places.

Tania - posted on 05/31/2011

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Oh if it were only that easy. He is a dertermined little guy. We said no and danger the whole ride home last night and that was with me in the back seat with him...LOL I just hope my persistance can out do his determination.

Rosie - posted on 05/31/2011

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well, he can still undo the clip whether he's rear facing or not right? were you thinkiing of turning him so you could see when he did it? cause that's kinda dangerous too, always looking in the rearview. i'd leave him, and just try to make him understand he needs to leave it alone. a couple of firm NO'S helped my children not do it again.

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