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For carseats- weight of the child while wearing clothes or while naked? I need to switch from LATCH to the belt in ds's Regent when he hits 48lb but is that clothed or naked?
 

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Generally that would be clothed weight, unless you drive your child around naked and that could be messy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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LOL Liz... my little one is potty trained so I doubt he'd have an accident in the carseat but he would think I was the COOLEST mom ever if I let him ride around naked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
In any event.... I weighed him tonight and it's a moot point now... he's 48 pounds already! He had his tonsils and adenoids removed recently. He was 45 pounds the day of the surgery, about 41 pounds after a week (he spent 3 days in the hospital <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) and is now over 48 pounds! Once he recovered from the surgery he took off like a rocket gaining weight! The poor kid couldn't eat or sleep so wasn't gaining weight before the surgery.<br><br>
But I went to go switch from LATCH to the seatbelt and realized I didn't have a locking clip (my seatbelts don't lock automatically so I need the locking clip). Went to walmart, target and babies r us and can't find one anywhere. DOH! DP was talking to his brother and he said the firestation asked if he needed one when he went to get his daughters carseat installed. So maybe I can stop by there tomorrow and see if they have one. Hmmmm....
 

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If you have latch your belts lock. All seatbelts since 1997 have to lock at teh retractor or switch plate. What vehicle are you driving?
 

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My kids PL'd at 18 months, but driving them around naked just wouldn't work. I can just imagine all the crumbs jammed into their little creases.<br><br>
If you retract your belt all the way and slowly let it back in, you will hear a clicking/ratcheting sound - that's automatic lock off.<br><br>
If you can't get a tight install, by all means locate a certified tech.<br><br>
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Your belts have to lock in someway if you have LATCH. Lockability of seat belts have been required since 1996, LATCH since 2002, so they lock in someway! There are two places your belts can lock- either at the latch plate (where the "female end" of the buckle system is) or at the retractor (where everything feeds back up). If you buckle the belt without a car seat and pull up on the lap portion only and it stops tight, it's probably a locking latch plate. If you pull it all the way out then feed it back in slowly and it's now not feeding in and out (I tell parents this is the "strangle you when you bend over to pick up a toy" mode) then it is a switchable retractor. If you tell us what kind of car you have, we might be able to tell you how they lock! Best of luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Your belts have to lock in someway if you have LATCH. Lockability of seat belts have been required since 1996, LATCH since 2002, so they lock in someway! There are two places your belts can lock- either at the latch plate (where the "female end" of the buckle system is) or at the retractor (where everything feeds back up). If you buckle the belt without a car seat and pull up on the lap portion only and it stops tight, it's probably a locking latch plate. If you pull it all the way out then feed it back in slowly and it's now not feeding in and out (I tell parents this is the "strangle you when you bend over to pick up a toy" mode) then it is a switchable retractor. If you tell us what kind of car you have, we might be able to tell you how they lock! Best of luck!</div>
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Okay... then I need help. LOL! I have a 2003 Dodge Stratus. I've tried pulling out the belts and slowly letting them back in and nothing clicks and if I pull it back out at any point it freely pulls. If I buckle in the seat and tighten it up it doesn't stay tight. When I pull on the seat it loosens back up. WTH??<br><br>
BTW- I did find a locking clip. I have not even attempted to install the darn thing but will in a few minutes. Should I use the locking clip?
 

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<a href="http://www.carseatsite.com/lockingclips.htm" target="_blank">http://www.carseatsite.com/lockingclips.htm</a><br><br>
And now I'm totally lost. LOL!
 

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You've got the best advice for your problem right there! Chrysler and Dodge locking latch plates are notoriously slippy. The advice given to flip it over is one of two approved fixes for slipping on locking latch plates.<br><br>
If you've ever been on an airplane, you know how you pull back on the latch plate to loosen the belt? Airplane belts are locking latch plates, a piece moves to slide the latch plate into a locked position and it pinches the seat belt. The belts need to be parallel for this to happen. The other fix, if you have flexible buckles stalks is to twist them down up to three times to help make the alignment more straight up and down. This usually works best for lap only belts, the kind with the "tail" you pull to tighten, if the latchplate ends up on an angle that lets it loosen.<br><br>
SO, all that is a bunch of car seat tech talk to say, run the belt through the belt path, apply pressure and tighten, unbuckle, flip over the latch plate, and rebuckle. You should be good to go! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Carrie- so I flip it but don't use the locking clip? Flip it and use the locking clip? Use the locking clip but don't flip?<br><br>
It started raining yesterday (and my car is outside) so I haven't installed it yet.
 

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Try it with nothing first. Just buckle and pull to tighten. IF it's slipping, you can flip the male end 180*. IF it slips after that, use a locking clip, but it's very doubtful you would need to do that.
 
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