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Old 03-25-2013, 08:14 AM   #1
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your lo was able to clip themselves into and get out of their car seats? DD is 5 (36 pounds) and in a 5 point harness (85 pound limit and she has a couple inches height wise too). She can only get the chest piece clipped, can't do the crotch piece and can't unhook any of it. She is low muscle tone so i wasn't sure if its her muscles or that is pretty typical. I used to baby sit a 3 year old that could get out of his. We're going to work on it over the summer, she can't go into the drop off line at school if I have to get out to unstrap her. Not that i care but at some point she is going to want me to stop walking her in.

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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My kids could buckle themselves at or by 5, but couldn't unbuckle the bottom until close to 6. It will depend on the carseat, too.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:44 AM   #3
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My 5 year old can buckle herself, but the bottom clip is really hard to do, I help her occasionally. She can't unbuckle it yet. I just reach over the seat and help buckle/unbuckle.

My 3 year old can buckle the top but not the bottom, and can't unbuckle the bottom either.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:51 AM   #4
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DS was able to buckle the chest clip around 2.5, he's 3 now and that's still all he can do. I don't encourage him to try to unbuckle though.
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DS1 could fully buckle by age 4 but at age 5 he can't unbuckle the bottom yet. I usually reach back and pop out the bottom one so he can climb out on the same side as his brother. He can undo the top on his own.
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Dd is 5.5 and can usually buckle and unbuckle herself. She occasionally needs help with the crotch buckle. Ds is 2.5 and can only do his chest clip.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:26 AM   #7
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My kids can do neither and are 3 1/2 and almost 5. I still put them in their seats too.
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Both of my girls could do it around 3.5. Thankfully, they can't unbuckle, though. It is so much easier to have them buckle themselves. I always check it, of course, but it's still quicker than actually buckling three children.
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It depends on the seat. When DD was in an Evenflow FF harness, she could get the chest piece buckled and sometimes even unbuckled and could get one side of the bottom piece buckled. This was at 3.5 or so. Now at 4.5 she's in a Harmony Defender and can't do anything except put the straps over her shoulders. She was also able to buckle and unbuckle out of a Graco that my mom was using.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #10
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Hmmm, none of mine can buckle themselves (ages 5m, 2yo, 4yo and almost 6yo). Their straps are super snug. They 6yo can buckle the other ones in and does on occasion and they can all -- except the baby, of course -- buckle their chest clips. I also don't encourage them to unbuckle themselves. I just assumed this was normal that since their straps are so snug it's too difficult for them. Now I'm curious...
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