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Old 03-26-2013, 12:52 PM   #41
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:04 PM   #42
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My just turned 3 year old can unclip her chest clip and get her arms out so that I just have to come around and undo the bottom. She's in a Radian. I imagine the bottom part will be a while. I have a hard time with it.
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my son is 5.5 and cant do the crotch strap. we have a nauti, which is a pain to buckle, so I dont know if he could do a different seat
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:25 PM   #44
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Definitely depends on the seat, my boys could buckle themselves starting at 3 in our Evenflo, but couldn't unbuckle until 4.

Then I moved my oldest (5.5) into a Natilus and he can do the chest clip, but no way the crotch clip. That thing is hard!

I usually get to our drop off line a few minutes early and while waiting for the doors to unlock to the school either climb back, or get out and walk around and unbuckle him so that he can get out when it's our turn. At our preschool, parent helpers will unbuckle too which is nice.

I know all but one other child in his preschool class is already in a booster, and they can unbuckle themselves (we do parent driven field trips, so I've had them and their seats in my car).
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:41 PM   #45
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My 5.5 yo DS can buckle himself, and can unbuckle the chest clip, but there is no way he could do the crotch clip. DS2 (almost 4) can unbuckle the chest clip, but that's about it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:28 PM   #46
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Both my kids could buckle in a variety of seats by the time they were 3. My oldest could unbuckle completely by 4. My youngest can't unbuckle in any seat yet. They both also know how to loosen and tighten the straps so sometimes there is teamwork when straps have been tightened down for t-shirt weather and they need them loosened for a sweater or hoodie.

The Nautilus is our hardest seat to unbuckle. The True Fit is not so bad. MIL's Cosco is easy and the Alpha Omega is one nightmare after another, but the buckle is a breeze.

I have to tell the boys to pull their chest clips up about once a day. (4 sometimes 5 car rides)

ETA, the youngest can unbuckle the chest clip in all the seats.
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