Is anybody elses' child(ren) a houdini when it comes to their carseat seatbelt???

Wendy - posted on 09/30/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




We have two kids. A daughter that is 4years old (the houdini) and her brother that is 7 1/2 years old who is better at keeping his carseat seatbelt buckled. Sometimes she will unbuckle her seatbelt while we are moving or do it BEFORE I stop the car and i dont know what to do? Maybe I moved her to a highback booster to soon but even then with a 5 point harness she can get out of that! Please help?


Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2011




When my kids unbuckle before I stop the car, I make them sit back down in their seat, buckle up, and wait an extra couple minutes before they can get out. Usually the reason they unbuckle early, is because they are in a hurry to get out, and this reminds them that it will only take longer to get out then if they had waited in the first place. As far as unbuckling while going down the road, they lose a star on their reward chart.

Karen - posted on 10/06/2011




My kids used to do that when they hit that age. We live in the country and they thought that it was OK to unbuckle when we hit our driveway. We wouldn't be driving that fast, but my hubby would hit the brakes just hard enough that they would fall out of their seats. It never hurt them, but it taught them a good lesson in safety.

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2011




My son (nearly 4) totally is. He can and does undo the 5 point harness on his high back booster often. I usually pull the car over, buckle him back in, talk about why it's not safe and get going again. They actually make a clip type thing for a carseat called a Houdini stopper (or something like it I can't remember the exact name) and it makes it difficult or impossible to undo.


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Marie - posted on 03/01/2013




My Son is 2 and can get the "" 5 point harness off in about 2 seconds! I have tried EVERYTHING but have no luck. Been trying to find the pull down car seat with the overhead harness but they don't make them anymore..I NEVER had probs.with my older Son escaping in the overhead pull down seat..

Sal - posted on 10/06/2011




my hubby is a cop and that would have effect at all, they love going to the police station and visiting daddy

Kelina - posted on 10/06/2011




Ok my mother in law actually told me a story of when her daughter used to do this. They'd tried everything so she finally took her down to the police station, plopped her on the counter, and said, "she won't keep her seatbelt on!" I'm not sure what the officer said to her, but she never unbuckled herself again! If they're amenable to it in your area it might be worth a shot!

Sal - posted on 10/06/2011




yep and i still am totally unable to work out how to stop them, my girls will sit in a booster seat and pretty much leave it alone, but they are both too young but i had to make the call that sitting in the booster seat with belt on is better than escaping from the proper seat... when my 1st daughter was only tiny (less than 12 months i think- can remember the car so i think under 12 months) she was so quick to get out of her seat that i bought a specail clipped up thingy to put over the lock to stop her, the lady at the baby store said it was brilliant and kids just couldn't get it indone, left the store, popped bub into the seat, put on the new contraprion, shut the door, got into my seat turned to check on her and she was out!!!!!! lasted less than 1 minuite

Jane - posted on 09/30/2011




My son was a Houdini, too. When he pulled that stunt I would pull the car over safely and park until he put it back on (or let me put it back on) and left it on. Sometimes we sat for up to an hour, and once we even missed a birthday party. He eventually figured out that we weren't going anywhere unless he left the buckle alone and he did better after that. But even today he hates his belt and tries to not do it up.

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