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What do you do when your toddlers complain about their car seat straps? Mine has been crying "too tight!" but I think it's the right amount. It makes me sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Mostly I think it's just a behavioral thing...thoughts?
 

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My 3 yo says this at times - I will either adjust it slightly (if it really does feel too tight), or pretend like I am doing so, and it seems to make him stop complaining. He wants it loose so it's easier for him to push the chest clip down, which I tell him not to do - but he often tries, anyway.
 

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My 3yo does this too. I usually loosen it a lot and then very slowly tighten it back up. He generally seems pleased with it, and I think the "too tight" often comes from it just not being comfortably positioned, which can be fixed really easily by loosening and retightening.
 

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I usually say "sorry honey, it has to be tight to be safe." If she continues to complain, I loosen it, check her clothing or big wrinkles or scootch her bum around a bit, then retighten. That usually does the trick.
 

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I say, "Oh, that's too bad. I'll loosen it up." And I pretend to loosen it. 98% of the time that fixes things! The other 2% when he keeps complaining, I'll readjust his clothes, or actually loosen it up and re-tighten. Sometimes he's right!
 

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My 4 1/2 year old DD was saying this a little while ago and I kept explaining to her that it had to be tight to be safe. Finally I said I would show her what I meant and I drove through the parking lot and made a hard stop at the stop sign. Nothing awful, just like if someone stopped short in front of you. Anyway, I asked her if she felt safe and she said yes, she could feel the straps holding her from moving too far. She hasn't complained at all since then. In fact, she learned how to clip the harness in and is proud of doing it each time. She never had much interest in it before.<br><br>
ETA I guess this might not be a good answer for a 3 year old, though. The readjusting the straps helps too.
 

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My son has actually been known to note if the straps are too loose, heh.<br><br>
The few times he's mentioned them being tight or uncomfortable, it's been because they were positioned oddly and bugging his neck.
 

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I have my 3yo dd take a deep breath while I hold the button up that allows for loosening. Then I check to be sure that the straps are still tight enough. This seems to work every time!
 

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This is what I do with my 4yo. If she still isnt satisfied after that, I tell her that it has to be that tight to keep her safe.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 3yo does this too. I usually loosen it a lot and then very slowly tighten it back up. He generally seems pleased with it, and I think the "too tight" often comes from it just not being comfortably positioned, which can be fixed really easily by loosening and retightening.</div>
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I check it over, to make sure the strap isn't cutting into shoulders or neck, and to make sure that there isn't any oddly bunched or folded clothing that's chafing or anything. I might loosen or re-tighten, too. I try to take their concerns seriously, because they know how it feels when it's right- they've been riding in these seats for years. Usually, mine only speak up if it's unusually uncomfortable.<br><br>
But with a kid who's complaining just to complain, I like the pretending to loosen idea.
 
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