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#1 of 6 Old 10-16-2008, 11:12 PM - Thread Starter
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My son has started unbuckling the harness on his car seat, So far it does not seem that he has done it while the car is moving, but it's only a matter of time. I have talked to him about safety, why he can't do this, etc., but he does not appear to be able to quite comprehend yet. Short of not using the car, what can I do?
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How old is he?

The only thing I know of that you can do is to put the prickly side of some velcro on the tab. He (hopefully) will not like the sensation and will learn to leave it alone.

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plan a trip somewhere he likes - warn him in advance that if he touches the buckle, you will go home - and then follow through.

Let him buckle/unbuckle the seat when you get in/out of the car - tell him he can only unbuckle when you get to where you are going and you say its ok.

get a different carseat thats harder to unbuckle

velcro on the button

stop the car every time he messes with it, do this EVERY TIME until he stops.

have someone ride in the back seat with him

stay home or walk.
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^ great advice all around ^

How we handled it was to tell them to stop immediately. We pulled over the car, rebuckled them and told them to never do that again and explained why.
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My ds unbuckles when it's time to get out. That's it. He did used to play with the lever on his Britax Boulevard and lean forward at the same time, causing the straps to loosen. I absolutely refused to drive when he did that. And did lots of explaining about why he is in his seat and why it is important.

I know he has the capability to unbuckle on his own. He has simply learned not to do it when the car is in motion.

Could you slide something over the buckle (like maybe a section of sock) that would make it harder to undo?

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I made a cover for it, just cut out the shape & sew it around, with a zip, you can put a luttle "lock" on the zip so he can't open it.
It works for us.
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