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    Okay, I have seen lots of questions lately about car seats and their uses and such, so i'm going to try to cover as much as I can and if you have any questions about anything feel free to ask.

    - You do not have to turn your child forward facing when they meet the "legal" limit of 1 and 20/22 pounds. Rear facing is much safer than forward facing for a young child. Statistics show that a child between the ages of 12 and 24 months is %500 safer if rear facing. Please consider laving your baby rear facing until at least 2.

    - Always make sure that the chest clip is at arm pit level and you can't pinch any slack in the harness at the collar bone area.

    - For a rear facing child, always make sure that the straps are coming from at or below their shoulders.

    - A seat is outgrown rear facing when your child has reached the maximum allowed weight specified for rear facing or until the top of their head reaches within 1" of the top of the car seat shell ( check your manual, some car seats allow you to use within 1" of the top of the shell while others allow for you to use it to within 1" of the top of the adjustable headrest.)

    - Every time you put your child in their seat, check to make sure that it is still properly installed into the car and hasn't become loose. There should be no more the 1" of movement, front to back or side to side. To check your install grab the seat at the belt path with your non dominant hand and give it a slight tug. ( I once drove around for an hour before realizing the my son's seat wasn't straped into the car ) It only takes a second to check and could potentially save your child's life.

    - Never wash the harness of your child's seat in a washing machine or by submerging it into water. You can wipe it down with a baby wipe for the simple messes and for the more yucky messes you can use a little baking soda with a small amount of water and a soft bristled tooth brush. You may then rinse it off, but try your best not to saturate it, and then pat it dry with a towel.

    - Never use anything on your car seat that didn't come with it. After market covers and such will void the manufactures warranty. They can also make it so that your child's seat doesn't fit them properly. For the winter time, the shower cap type cover for the infant seats can be used safely, as it doesn't interfere with the straps in any way.

    - For a forward facing child always make sure that the straps come from at or above your child's shoulders. If the straps are below your forward facing child's shoulders in an accident they could have spinal compression and end up paralyzed from a broken back or worse.

    - Some seats say that they will be the last seat you will ever have to buy for your child. Please don't be fooled. There are not too many seats that will safely get your child from birth until they are ready to ride in just a seat belt. Make sure that you double and triple check your manual. Just because your seat says that it can be used up to 100lbs., it doesn't mean that you can use the harness that long. If you use the harness over the specified weight limit, your child could be ejected in a crash.

    - Most children are not developmentally ready for a high back booster until around 5 yr's old. You will know your child is ready for a booster when they can sit still 100% of the time. They can not put the shoulder strap behind them or lean out of it because they dropped something. The seat belt must also lay across their hips and not the soft part of their belly. And the shoulder portion of the belt needs to be centered on their shoulder, not too close to their neck and not falling off of their shoulder.

    - Never have your child wear big puffy coats in their seat. Put your child in their regular clothes and then add a sweat shirt or a light weight fleece sweater. They can wear their big coat out to the vehicle, but remove it before putting them in their seat. A heavy coat can compress in an accident, leaving your child improperly restrained.

    - Make sure that you know when your car seat was made and when it expires. Yep you read that right car seats do expire. After all they are mostly made out of plastic, we can't expect them to last forever. Most car seats expire in 6 years but there are some that last longer.

    - Never use a seat that has previously been in any kind of accident. Just because the car seat held up well in the first crash doesn't mean it will a second time. Children aren't crash test dummies, please don't treat them that way.

    - Never buy a used seat unless you know the person you are buying it from and know that they treat their seats properly and that they have never been in an accident. ( For example, you need to know that they have never washed the straps inappropriately, and that nothing has ever been altered on the seat in any way)


    I'm sure there's a lot more but these are the main things that come to mind.
    Last edited by poohbearkrazy; 02-05-2011 at 11:08 AM.
    Christine: Mommy to, Anthony 9.10, Caleb 8.7, Jacob 5.6, Katelynn our newbie and Our Angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    Christine: Mommy to, Anthony 9.10, Caleb 8.7, Jacob 5.6, Katelynn our newbie and Our Angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    I think it is awesome that you share all of this important info!
    Diane(36), DH(39), Eric(12), Julia(born 6/25/09)

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    ty for posting this!


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    That is great!!

    How about adding info about carseats that have been in an accident, expiration dates, and buying used carseats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.<3.cheesysmiles View Post
    That is great!!

    How about adding info about carseats that have been in an accident, expiration dates, and buying used carseats?
    Done! Thanks so much, its hard to remember everything out of the blue. LOL
    Christine: Mommy to, Anthony 9.10, Caleb 8.7, Jacob 5.6, Katelynn our newbie and Our Angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    Have you asked about getting this stickied? Maybe in this room and expecting in general as well.

    "We cannot withhold facts for fear of offending because the importance of the information outweighs people's right to not be challenged in their beliefs." -Maddy Reid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanna(h) View Post
    Have you asked about getting this stickied? Maybe in this room and expecting in general as well.
    Good idea!

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    Love it!

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    ITA! Carseat info is so important and hard to find!
    Diane(36), DH(39), Eric(12), Julia(born 6/25/09)

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    You rock Christine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbird View Post
    You rock Christine!
    Thanks Kim, you just made my day
    Christine: Mommy to, Anthony 9.10, Caleb 8.7, Jacob 5.6, Katelynn our newbie and Our Angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    I want to completely steal this and post it on the board for my local mom's group, if that is OK with you!!

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    Thank You!

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    thanks!
    Kate, mama to Madi (4/18/08) and Jacob (10/8/10)


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    Fell free to share it where ever you want. We've got to get the word out and keep all of our babies safe.

    If you can't already tell, car seat safety is my passion.
    Christine: Mommy to, Anthony 9.10, Caleb 8.7, Jacob 5.6, Katelynn our newbie and Our Angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    Great reminder!
    Dada (27) Mama-Jessie (26) Orion (4) Kadence (2) Osiris (Uterus)

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    I have a question on car seat base.....Do I have to use a base if my car seat has a place to put the seat belt straps?

    Born 12/7/10 @7:37pm...5lb 2oz...18 1/2 inches long

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    Quote Originally Posted by liljazzy1122 View Post
    I have a question on car seat base.....Do I have to use a base if my car seat has a place to put the seat belt straps?

    Nope, the base is more of a convenience thing. It's not a must have. Just make sure that you get the angle that your newborn needs. You may have to use a tightly rolled towel to do so.
    Christine: Mommy to, Anthony 9.10, Caleb 8.7, Jacob 5.6, Katelynn our newbie and Our Angel Nevaeh 1/1/07-1/1/07

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    Quote Originally Posted by poohbearkrazy View Post
    Nope, the base is more of a convenience thing. It's not a must have. Just make sure that you get the angle that your newborn needs. You may have to use a tightly rolled towel to do so.
    AND, if you're not using a lap-only belt, make sure that you pull the chest strap all the way out until it clicks a bunch so it'll tighten and "lock" in place.
    Kate, mama to Madi (4/18/08) and Jacob (10/8/10)


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    This is such great information.
    I know a mom who has her just turned 2 year old in a high back booster seat using a seat belt While my almost 4 year old is still in the convertible carseat wit the 5 point harness. It makes me nervous for this little 2 year old and convenience of just buckeling a normal seat belt should not be coming before safety.



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    All parents need to read this! Also click on the link that is titled "View NHTSA's new child restraint guidelines" and then "New Car Seat Recommendations for Children" It brings you to the 4 step flyer that has an age by age guideline on each type of seat!!!!!!!!

    http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Pre...eat+Guidelines


    It feels SO good to know I am not crazy now! I am so glad this is finally happening!
    Diane(36), DH(39), Eric(12), Julia(born 6/25/09)

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    This video is done by the car seat lady. It is awesome!!!!!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULJ8Vx79Vv4
    Diane(36), DH(39), Eric(12), Julia(born 6/25/09)

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    Here is another link to the same video in case some don't want to use uTube.

    http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/20...%20lady&st=cse
    Diane(36), DH(39), Eric(12), Julia(born 6/25/09)

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    There is a car seat safety class being held in FL at the end of this month if anyone in the area is interested.

    Time: Tuesday, June 28 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location: Children's Center
    343 NW Holmes Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

    Created By: Beyond Just Buckled
    More Info: This class will provide one in-service hour by DCF guidelines. All parents & caregivers are also encouraged to attend. The class will cover several areas concerning car seat safety.

    Using LATCH
    Seat Belt Positioning
    Rear Facing vs. Forward Facing Seats
    Booster Seats
    5 Point Harnesses
    Air Bag Safety

    ***3 out of 4 car seats are used incorrectly. This class is a free service provided by Beyond Just Buckled. Donations are always welcome.


    Beyond Just Buckled Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219998141358073

    https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensCenter
    Diane(36), DH(39), Eric(12), Julia(born 6/25/09)

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