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Climbing into the car seat without me lifting
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#1 ABabyPlease

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Hi I want to teach my son to climb into his car seat without me lifting him - I have a bad back.
Have you taught your baby to do this?  At what age? Any advice on how to teach them to climb in?  

#2 namie

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

My 21 month old started doing it a few months ago. I can't remember but I assume DS1 did it around the same age too. DS1 started walking at 17 months, DS2 was around 14 months I think.

I would think you could teach him once he starts walking, I guess take your lead from when he starts climbing the furniture!

#3 ~faerydust~

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

I don't think I actively taught it, it just happened once my girls were regularly walking to the car. My 3yo gets in with no dramas. My 22 month old has been able to get in herself or some time but generally doesn't. Climbing around the inside of the car like a monkey is far more appealing.

#4 ~chiquita~

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

DS at two is quite capable of doing it, but won't. He's too busy doing other things so I usually have to tackle him. If he does get into the car himself he will always jump in the front and start playing with the dashboard and steering wheel.

I bruised my ribs a couple of weeks ago and it would of made life much easier if DS had climbed into his car seat for me.

Edited by ~chiquita~, 01 January 2013 - 10:59 AM.

#5 Feral timtam

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:59 AM

I didn't actively teach them, mine figured it out themselves.
My first was around the 18 month mark, he hit all of his physical milestones on the early side so don't expect yours to be able to do it at that age. Unless you have a sedan, we use a 4wd as the main family car and have some adult friends who have difficulty getting into it.

My second got the hang of it around 20 months, she's smack bang in the middle for her milestones so that's about when I'd expect most kids to manage it.

#6 Bazinga

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:00 AM

DS 18 months has been climbing into his car seat for around 3 months now. I just started opening the car door and letting him try for himself. It only took a few tries to master it.

#7 ABabyPlease

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

Thanks for the suggestions and warnings.

Edited by ABabyPlease, 01 January 2013 - 11:11 AM.

#8 lozoodle

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:48 AM

Mine started this at about 18 months.

#9 imamumto3

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:51 AM

2yo dd tries to do it.  we have a 4wd though and she is tiny (about the size of a 1yo) so she struggles to get in if the door can't swing open fully

#10 gemini2

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

Hi OP,
I found that having a stepper with our 4WD actually encouraged our eldest to try although we took her lead and didn't push the issue.  By 28 months our daughter only used the stepper to climb up and did not need us to help her as before.  

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