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    Hi, we are finally moving from the UK to Dubbo in one month and I want to buy a car seat in advance (we can have it delivered to DHs new workplace) so we have it as soon as we arrive.

    the problem is DS is a terror for taking his arms out of the straps and screaming his head off the entire time (trust me, this boy doesn't give up) if he can't do that. Once his arms are out he is fine. We even had a TV in the car to try and distract him, but no, it didn't work.

    What did work was using a car seat with an impact shield instead of a harness, like this http://www.kiddicare.com/p/CYBEX_Pal...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

    I'm not sure if these are available in Australia, I can't seem to find them anywhere, does anyone know if they are?

    Also, where should I look to buy a car seat online?

    and finally does anyone have any ideas to contain DS if the impact shield car seats aren't available?

    thank you!

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    Just about any seat with a 5 point harness with an added Houdini strap should stop them getting out.
    Check the baby bunting website for car seats :-)
    Have you been to Dubbo before? What a huge change for you :-)
    Last edited by bel2466; 24-08-2016 at 18:39.

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    Hi Bel,

    no we haven't been to Dubbo before- jumping in at the deep end!

    So the Houdini straps don't negate your insurance there then? I think we risk that in the UK if we use them, but actually getting the facts on that has been tricky so I'm not really sure!

    thanks for the website tip, I'll check it out

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    Wow! Having been to both Dubbo and the UK, you are sure in for a change!

    I checked with a girlfriend whose job is car seat installation and she confirmed the Houdini straps are legal as they have been tested and deemed safe but technically not recommended by car seat manufacturers but won't influence your insurance.

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    I would get a maxi guard by britax and use the Houdini strap. The only reason is this seat harnesses forever and I find that the straps are set closer together than other seats with the same harness height so are harder to get out of.

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    I had a Houdini strap for my daughter and she just undoes it

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    OP how old is your DS?

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    DS is just two

    I will look at the maxi guard thank you.

    It looks like we will have to try with the Houdini strap then if no one has seen impact shield seats. I'm a bit worried he will scream and fight it, but I guess he will learn eventually!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnguaVonUberwald View Post
    DS is just two

    I will look at the maxi guard thank you.

    It looks like we will have to try with the Houdini strap then if no one has seen impact shield seats. I'm a bit worried he will scream and fight it, but I guess he will learn eventually!
    At 2 he may be a bit young for this but my suggestion for older kids is this:

    Tell child that you are going to the park/nanny's/super exciting place but you can only stay for 1 hour. Explain that if he takes his arms out that you'll have to stop and fix them and he'll get less time to play.
    Every time they pull arms out you stop the car and wait - either until they put them back in or you've fixed them. Tell them that 'we stopped for x minutes, now you don't get to play as long'.

    Keep tally of the time lost. Make sure you leave the park early - and tell them why. If you use up all the time stopping then don't go to the park, turn around and go home.

    Safety is not negotiable and not following directions needs punishment.

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    My 2yo ds is a shocker for escaping his carseat which is rather scary driving down the highway and he leans over and taps your arm!
    Houdini strap works great for him no more escaping. Enjoy your move, how exciting 😊


 

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