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#1 of 10 Old 08-24-2007, 04:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My two and a half year old has discovered how to unbuckle the top latch on her car seat and likes to do it as we're driving down the road!!!!!! I've tried explaining that this is dangerous, asking nicely, demanding not so nicely....

What should I do??? Do they make some kind of after market latch I could attach that is child proof? This is so unsafe and its freaking me out! We have a Britax.
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That's about when my DD got the hang of that too. We had a lot of talks about how I wouldn't drive if she took it off because a Policeman would pull me over and give me a big ticket. I think it was mostly the constant questions about why that would happen that distracted her. We also talked about the danger involved in her taking her seatbelt off, and I really did pull over when i had too.

Like with all things with toddlers, it took a little time, but she hasn't done it in months.
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The only thing that worked for us was to pull over every time we had a car seat issue. Yes, it made us late places a couple times, but dd got the idea quickly. So far we have not had any problems with ds trying to mess with this car seat.

As far as I know there are no safe after market devices that would fit over top of a car seat buckle.

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They have a lot of time on their hands back there. Maybe an interesting series of rotating car toys that also takes some manual dexterity would hold her interest. Some lacing cards? Or drawing materials?
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Thanks for the ideas. We've tried new toys, but I think I'll try being more consistant with pulling over every time. That does work. Hopefully this will be short lived!!!
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I think this happens with many kids. I knwo G (almost 2) is always wanting to help with his car seat buckle and I never let him. I let him use other buckles (like his booster seat or in shopping carts) but the car seat is a parent only zone. I agree, pull over every time it happens and hopefully it will end soon.

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I have heard putting velcro tape, the rough side, sticking out (hope that makes sense!) on the part where the child has to press to open the buckle works, they don't like the feeling of the velcro. Duct tape also works, and I imagine one could fasten some sort of sleeve out of cardboard or something to cover the buckle. Good luck!

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There are some childproof buckle covers out there, but they might not fit the britax:

http://www.adaptivemall.com/buckleguard1.html
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thank you for the ideas!!!
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Our solution to this was to let DD do up as well as undo the top part by herself as her "job" when ever we went out.She eventually lost interest when she figured out it was something she could do. I also explained why it had to stay on while we were moving just like mommy and daddys belt.

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