As a mom, your child at some point in time, is going to discover the joy of being able to unbuckle his own chest clip. And so begins the battle. Don’t think your sweet, innocent lovely little cherub won’t do this. I thought the same thing of my lovely daughter, and she fell to the temptation. A new mom friend of mine recently asked me the same question, ‘My 3 year old son keeps unbuckling his chest clip and I don’t know what to do to make her stop!’ So how do you handle it?
How Do I Stop My Child From Unbuckling His Chest Clip?
Stop Driving: When my daughter used to unclip herself in the backseat I used to stop the car. It didn’t move again until she was buckled. This worked especially well if we were going somewhere for her! You might have to get smart with your schedule and leave early enough to allow time to stop if need be, so you aren’t late. I knew a mom who once had to stop for 45 minutes because her son refused to buckle again! I hope that isn’t you.
Reward good behavior: Everyone loves rewards! And you know your kids are no exception. It might be stickers or candy or maybe a special car toy he gets to use if he stays buckled, whatever it may be, it needs to be a reward for staying in his seat. My daughter (like any other child) is always asking to go to McDonald’s. She would ask if we could go, and I would say ‘As long as you stay buckled’. Of course I didn’t take her every time, but it was another reward. All kids understand how money works (in that it gets them things they want). For every trip your child stays buckled, put a quarter in a cup, when you get enough, take him to the dollar store for his reward!
Fear: It may sound cruel but I used to scare my daughter into staying buckled. She would unbuckle, I would pull the car over and tell her that I would get in trouble if she wasn’t buckled. She asked if the policeman would take me away and I said yes, he would. She didn’t unbuckle much after that. I have also told her that if Mommy gets into an accident and she is not buckled she will get hurt and have to go to the hospital.
As with all things when dealing with our children, it is trial and error and learning from other moms. Some of you have some great tricks up your Mary Poppins sleeves!
How have you dealt with your darling child unbuckling herself in the back seat? Share your success stories with the rest of us!