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Here we are in the middle of another winter and that means more time spent in the car. Whether it is a trip to Grandma’s for the holidays, or just running the hundreds of errands around town, driving with kids can be stressful, especially if you’re traveling with your very own escape artist.
“Help my child won’t stay buckled!” is one of the most common concerns we hear from parents. The reasons for unbuckling can range from delight in a new skill, boredom, or wanting mom’s attention to more serious issues such as behavioral or developmental delays. So what do you do?
Here are some suggestions from our Child Passenger Safety experts, maybe one will work for you.*
A Note About Escape-Proof Products
There are products on the market designed to help with this issue. An alarm that sounds when a child unbuckles can alert you to a danger, but other items such as buckle guards and chest clip covers are considered “non-regulated” products by car seat manufacturers and are usually discouraged. They may help contain your child, but you should talk to a car seat technician to learn about the possible risks involved with using them. Also, you should never adapt or modify your car seat yourself in an attempt to keep your child restrained.
The Car Seat Technicians at Primary Children’s Hospital are happy to talk you to help resolve your transportation concerns and issues. We are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call us at 801-662-CARS (2277) or 801-662-6583.
*Remember, that while using duct tape may be tempting, it is never a recommended solution. Duct taped-on mittens, however, might be OK.