need help with keeping toddler in car seat

Cayla - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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our 2 yr old son will not stay in his car seat he will slide the chest buckle down and slid his arms out. we have tried the putting him back in it every time he gets out we smacked his hands and nothing has worked. any ideas what we could do. we do not want to get pulled over and get fined because we cant figure out how to keep him in it. please help

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When my nephew did this my Mom took a peice of fabric and sewed another strap that had snaps that kept the chest buckle from moving down. maybe try that....

Kristin - posted on 05/11/2010

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I just thought of something else. Most carseats, expecially the 5-point type, have a chest clip to hold the two straps that come over their shoulders down to the buckle. That clip needs to be at armpit height. higher and it is really chaffing to the neck. Lower, and you give them wiggle room. Check that out too, when you are checking strap tightness.

Kristin - posted on 05/10/2010

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Definitely see what you can do about that car seat. The straps should be only loose enough for you to get one or two fingers between baby and strap. When the straps are the right tightness, they can't wiggle out. Spring is a really easy time to have them not fit right, especially if you live where it gets cold. Thos bulky winter clothes kind of necesitate a loosening of the straps and then it's easy to forget to tighten back up in the spring. Check with your local fire or police department about making sure it's fitting him properly. They are more than happy to help you ensure your child's safety. You may have to get another one.



Your child is smart enough to know that if he continues to Houdini his way out, he will not get to go anywhere. If he starts, pull over and turn the car off. Tell him to get back into his seat. Do not move again until he is. If it starts up again after you get rolling again, go home. Make sure if you are heading to an appointment, that you allow for a few stops along the way. Make it very clear that safety is not up for discussion or negotiation at any time. They learn very quickly.

Rebekah - posted on 05/10/2010

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Talk to him. Tell him the reason he needs to stay in his seat. We have a rule in our car that the car does not move until everyone is "clicked" into their seats. I'd suggest pulling over as soon as possible every time he tries to get out of his car seat. At first, you might make a practice run (without a destination) and literally pull over, explain to him that it's the law, and put him back in. At 2, he should be able to understand that wearing a seat-belt is for safety reasons... and it's a serious thing.



We've made such a huge deal about car seats at our house that one time (at 25 months old) I got in the front seat, without clipping my son in, and he had a complete melt-down. "Buckle me! Buckle me!" He screamed.

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Cayla - posted on 05/14/2010

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thanks all for the ideas i think we may have to get him a new car seat cause he is very chesty and big through his shoulders we always tighten the straps to the point where its to tight some times and the chest buckle is always at arm pit levle he is just strong enough to slid it down even when the straps are to tight and wiggle him self out of it. but im not sure they make car seats for him. he is a very very strong two yr old. i will have to the place that checks car seats and see what they say. thanks again all

Fleur - posted on 05/10/2010

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hi had the same problem we made a extra strap to go around the shoulder straps so he could not get out

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The carseat is not fitting properly. He should not be able to do that. First try tightening the straps so that he cannot push them far enough apart to get out. Also try shortening the length of the buckle between his legs. It should be tight enough there that even if he gets his arms out, his legs will still be locked in. If that does not work you will need to invest in a new carseat that fits him better. Try it in the store and make sure he is unable to get out.



At 2 I don't think he will understand the gravity of this matter, you need to make it impossible for him to get out.

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