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Old 01-31-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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The Car Seat Battle Chronicles

I am soooo tired of fighting DS into the car seat. We are still RF and I want to ERF. But for the past 2 months, it is a battle to get him in the seat because he twists to try to face forward. He is VERY strong. and hard headed lol. I basically have to stand in my van (I'm short,) hang over the car seat and pin him down, twist him over, pull his legs out from underneath him while he screams and hope I can move fast enough to get the harness on... and if I don't, which 90% of the time I don't get it the first time, we do it all over again, only with louder screaming and crying. it can take up to 10 minutes. I'm not sure what to do. It's driving me nuts.
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We got DVD players. Saved my sanity. Made car rides enjoyable, worth it 100%.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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how much are they? i have a portable dvd player but i don't know if i can attach it like that. it's shaped like a tiny laptop.
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Whrn my girls fought the carseat I used the caveman talk(dd mad, dd doesnt want in the seat, dd says no! But we have to be safe blahblahblah). After that calmed them I had them do the chest clip to *help me*. I might pretend to try it but fail then ask if they could do it. I would also ask if they wanted to do it or wanted me to try(which worked the best for my girls). I hope you can figure something out mama!
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Whrn my girls fought the carseat I used the caveman talk(dd mad, dd doesnt want in the seat, dd says no! But we have to be safe blahblahblah). After that calmed them I had them do the chest clip to *help me*. I might pretend to try it but fail then ask if they could do it. I would also ask if they wanted to do it or wanted me to try(which worked the best for my girls). I hope you can figure something out mama!
I do caveman talk lol. it doesn't help he just gets louder. He's not old enough to help with the chest clip, but definitely something to try in the future.
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Car safety is one of those totally non-negotiable things for me. Both kids have gone through that stage, I just glare silently at them, squish them into the seat and off we go. Poor behavior gains them literally nothing - no attention, no amusing reaction from me - nothing. They got over it quickly.
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Car safety is one of those totally non-negotiable things for me. Both kids have gone through that stage, I just glare silently at them, squish them into the seat and off we go. Poor behavior gains them literally nothing - no attention, no amusing reaction from me - nothing. They got over it quickly.

It's a phase, ignore it and it'll pass quickly.
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Car safety is one of those totally non-negotiable things for me. Both kids have gone through that stage, I just glare silently at them, squish them into the seat and off we go. Poor behavior gains them literally nothing - no attention, no amusing reaction from me - nothing. They got over it quickly.
Exactly this. Getting in the car and getting buckled is not an option. consequences happen when there is a big fight or they are running around the car.

They figured it out pretty quick that mom means buisness.

DVD players are for long trips only. If the get right in they can have a book
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I'm sorry

DD didn't go through that stage. but, sometimes she flat out doesn't want to be in the car and we have to battle to get into the carseat. I usually try to get a leg clip done first as opposed to getting both arms in and then clip the chest clip. If you can get 1 arm in and clip it to the leg thing, that is easier, in my opinion anyways

usually, I count with her, 1 arm, 2 arm, 3 chest, 4 leg, 5 leg. And we did go through a stage when I'd set her in the car and let her climb into the carseat on her own. That probably made her feel empowered in some way.
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Car safety is one of those totally non-negotiable things for me. Both kids have gone through that stage, I just glare silently at them, squish them into the seat and off we go. Poor behavior gains them literally nothing - no attention, no amusing reaction from me - nothing. They got over it quickly.
hm. i'll try not responding to it at all. could work.

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I'm sorry

DD didn't go through that stage. but, sometimes she flat out doesn't want to be in the car and we have to battle to get into the carseat. I usually try to get a leg clip done first as opposed to getting both arms in and then clip the chest clip. If you can get 1 arm in and clip it to the leg thing, that is easier, in my opinion anyways

usually, I count with her, 1 arm, 2 arm, 3 chest, 4 leg, 5 leg. And we did go through a stage when I'd set her in the car and let her climb into the carseat on her own. That probably made her feel empowered in some way.
yeah, DH told me to try clipping the leg clips first and it does help. I've also tried letting him climb in but as of right now, he just turns forward and tries to sit in it that way. lol!
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