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Old 03-25-2013, 04:53 PM   #21
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My DS was 6 before he could buckle and unbuckle completely. He has some fine motor issues so it's probably normal for those kids. Most kids I know can do it younger. He's 8 now and still has difficulty buckling his booster most of the time.

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Old 03-25-2013, 04:53 PM   #22
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Dd could buckle and unbuckle around 3 in her radian xtsl . She been in several different carseats and has never had any issue buckling or unbuckling them. She is seven and still rides harnessed in a Britax Frontier 85 . DS on who is four can only buckle the chest clip on his Britax Roundabout 50. He can *almost* buckle the crotch clip and unbuckle the chest clip. I don't think he will be able to undo the the crotch clip for another couple of years as that sucker is HARD to open. I have trouble opening it sometimes .
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My almost 4 yr old can buckle his chest clip on his radian rxt. I haven't encouraged him to unbuckle but my friends daughter can buckle/unbuckle hers. She's 6 weeks older.

I know most of the kids in ds's class of 3 & 4 year olds are in boosters or nothing.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #24
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My DD is a few weeks shy of 5 and has been able to completely buckle herself for nearly a year now. She can't unbuckle, though. In all fairness, though, even some adults have had trouble unbuckling the bottom!
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my DD (5 in April) can sometimes clip the chest clip, but not the crotch one & can not get out of either one. I kind of like that she needs an adult to unclip her b/c I don't have any surprise carseat escapes
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I honestly can't remember with the older kids. DS3 will be 3 in June - he can easily do the chest clip, and often he can manage to get one buckle clicked in, but needs help with the other one. He can't unbuckle himself at all. (he's in a radian)
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Re: how old before

My 4.5 yr old can do the chest clip,but she chooses not to. She has never tried the crotch buckle.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #28
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My 5.5 year old can completely buckle one of his Maestro's, but not the other (harder crotch buckle in the newer one). My 3.5 year old has been able to buckle his chest clip for almost a year now. He has ridden in a Scenera, a Maestro, and a Mysize. Neither of them can unbuckle the crotch, but ods can unclip the chest clip and the seatbelt when he rides in a booster. He knows to never do it unless we are stopped, though.
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DS can buckle himself in (he's 3.5) in all three of our seats (radian, complete air, true fit), but it took some practicing. He can't unbuckle (not even the chest clip).
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Re: how old before

My girls are 5 and almost 3, and they can only buckle the chest clip and can't unbuckle at all. I guess I shouldn't say they can't, but I've never taught them to, and they haven't really tried. They are both in Radians, and my younger also rides in a Marathon.
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