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#1 of 23 Old 09-28-2004, 02:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey all! I have a problem. I have a 19 month old toddler who weighs 25.5 lbs (according to my scale that may or may not be off a pound or so). I am, by no stretch of the imagination, ready to turn his carseat forward facing. We have a slight problem now though. My darling boy had learned the ins and outs of unbuckling a 5 point saftey harness. He hasn't climbed out while in motion yet, but he screams and bangs his head going down the road and pulls his arms out of the harness. Then, the minute we stop, he unsnaps the last little latch and climbs right out. Hubby and I are trying to figure out how to keep him in his seat so that he won't start climbing out while in motion (it's bad enough that he pulls his arms out so that the only part safely buckled in is his hips).

I am open to all suggestions. Even if it means turning him around...it's just not something that sits well with me.
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Laura ~ When you buckle him, turn the connector on the bottom towards him so the button isn't facing out. DOes that make sense?
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we did.. :


he still did... :
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I'm sure you have done this already but have you tried books or toys to distract him enough from undoing the buckle? Maybe a few special car only toys?
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Yep, then we have a screaming, struggling, climbing out baby...AND...flying objects... :
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I don't mean to sound like I am dismissing everyone's suggestions..it's just that we have done these things and nothing has worked yet...it seems that my son is smarter (and apparently more determined) that the manufactorer of this particular carseat....
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Try tying a bandana around the buckle. It will make it a lot harder for him to press in. You can also duct tape a quarter to the buckle.

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Also, if there are 2 of you in the car have someone sit in back with him. Thats what we do to keep ds happy.

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You can also duct tape a quarter to the buckle.

what is this...my mommy brain isn't getting this today. Duct tape a quarter to the buckle????
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I'm pretty sure someone makes a sleeve-type thing you can put over the buckle to thwart his escapes. A piece of water line might work, come to think of it. I'm talking about the clear flexible stuff they have in rolls at Lowe's. Buy a piece that'll fit over your buckle and slit it lengthwise, then stretch it open and let it pop shut over the buckle. If the water line's too flexible, there's a bunch of different types of tubing/pipe you can try. Just walk through the store until you find something that's flexible enough for you to muscle open, but not your son.
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what is this...my mommy brain isn't getting this today. Duct tape a quarter to the buckle????
You could always duct tape your son to the car seat
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Ok, these are great suggestions for the buckle. What do I do about the actual straps that he gets out of. See, my carseat has to latches. The first one is on the straps that close to bring the straps together and then there is the 5 point safety harness. When we are traveling, he gets his upper body out of the top buckle. What can I do for that?
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The suggestion about the tubing should work for the strap-closing buckle, too. He might look like a yard sale when you're done, but he won't be able to get out. I don't know what kind of car seat you have. We have an Alpha Omega, and I think if I were trying to solve your problem, I'd end up with about a 6-8" long sleeve for the buckle (I'd size it to run from where the strap goes into the seat at the bottom all the way over the buckle - then he couldn't push it down) and about a 4-5" piece for the top buckle. Both are fixed lengths, and there's no way they could slide around and injure him if you get in an accident.
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I meant put the quarter over the button and then put a strip of duct tape around. Maybe you could use a cable tie for the top part of the buckle. They are pretty cheap.

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Go to www.kidalog.com On the opening page are two products for carseat escapees. Something like "Car Seat Houdini"?

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...He might look like a yard sale when you're done...

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Thanks ladies for all of the wonderful suggestions! I am gonna check on the sleeving. Hopefully with a bit of ingenuity (is that even spelled right?) I can fix this little problem and my son can remain rear facing for another 5-10lbs!
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Moving this to Parenting Issues...
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I meant to add, why not turn him? He's probably bored silly back there, and would much prefer being able to look out the front.
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My carseat only went up to 22 pounds and 26 inches or something like that too. Does yours have a limit? I second the bored thing. He wants to see out front now.
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I vote for turning him around. I also wanted to mention that it is possible that he gets carsick from looking backward - I know that I do and my DD started to around the age of 18 months. It was the reason I finally turned her around.
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My hubby suggested turning him around. I am just so worried about his neck. I know that he is well above the recommended weight and age, but it still worries me.

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I say turn him around. Honestly I turned my daughter at 10 months because she would scream so hard EVERY time she was in the carseat that she would vomit. I understand being concerned about safety but is it more safe to have him unbuckling himself while rear facing or not unbuckling himself while being forward facing. I can't imagine my daughter at 19 months (she is 22 months now) being willing to sit rear facing. I bet she would have been unbuckling too.

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