Is my carseat ok???

Maci - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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i have a brandnew newborn EVENFLOW carseat.. and when i use the little base thing that comes w/ it .. it sits like straight up & my baby boys head goes everywhere.. how do i hook it in right to where it sits down how its supposed to.. until then im goin w/o the base. its much easier?!

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Casey - posted on 06/15/2010

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That is how exactly my daughter car seat was sat straight up with the base but that is how its made..please do use the base it is a reason why the base is there to make sure your child is safe..I never liked the way it made my daughter look like she was uncomfortable but i said it was for her own good. I don't trust a newborn car seat without the base!!

Karen - posted on 06/14/2010

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My son's carseat didn't even come with a base - they didn't make them for the model of evenflow travel system I had - and he lived - even through a few accidents (not me driving mind you and nothing serious) but some carseats don't have bases. If you are going to use one of the travel systems I would for sure go to even public health or google where in your area you can go to find out information about installation of carseats just to make sure things are ok. You are probably putting it in fine - some of the time the cars seats themselves are really slopped (like mine) and you have to level it out with a towel rolled up or something along those lines or else your poor childs neck and stuff could be badly damaged from all the flopping around.



I say take the 2 minutes to check into everything and go from there...it will at least put your mind at ease and make the little one happier if they are not flopping around.

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Stacy - posted on 06/15/2010

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I had the same problem with my son's infant car seat when we brought him home. I ended up going down to the local fire department & they put this tube type thing (reminded me of the water noodle) & got his base put in nicely. I didn't know this, but they said the base/car seat should move at least an inch so if you have a car accident the car seat will move slightly instead of taking a sudden jolt. But, the fire department/police department would be the best bet. :)

Jacqueline - posted on 06/15/2010

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Idk where ur from but in mass u cant do that. Go to youre local police station or fire sation and they will put it in right. or u can go to the maternity floor at the hospital and they will hep to.

Stephanie - posted on 06/15/2010

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my daughters carseat was also an evenflo and did the same thing, it came with the head support and her head would still flop, check the front of the base because there is a button to adjust it a little bit, but my car's seats are really angled so i would check at toys r us for the leveler which is what we had to do, and if you still have problems or are just unsure deffinatly find a ceritfied installer and see if they can help or point you in the right direction.



and as for the people who say it's not safe to use it without the base, yes i slightly agree BUT if it was so dangerous then carseats probably wouldn't be made to be used without them...as long as your not breaking the law do wha is best for YOUR child

Randi - posted on 06/15/2010

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A lot of states have classes on proper positioning and use of car seats. If you have any questions contact your local or state law enforcement and maybe someone can hook you up with someone that can help you out. I used a Chico and LOVED it. It was easy to install and the carseat sat properly in it. I hope you are able to get the situation taken care of.

Nikkole - posted on 06/15/2010

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i hate my base it was more work putting my lil girls carseat in and out of it then any thing. and now matter where we put it, it still moved around and i had it blucked in and very thing. we even went to a palce that put them in and it still moved around.

Shantel - posted on 06/15/2010

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Try your local fire or police station, they'll be able to demostrate how to put in the base/car seat properly. They may even put it in for you. The carseat we got was a MaxiCosi. We would strap in the seat with the seatbelt before we got the base. When we got the base it had extra safety features that showed you if you installed it properly or not. Green it was ok, red try again ha.

Rebecca - posted on 06/15/2010

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Find a clinic in your area that will install it properly. We go to our fire station and there is a car dealer that does it as well one day a month. It sounds like it's in right with the base. It's normal to an extent that it's up far. It the leveler is correct then the seat is correct, but the seat can not move, not even half an inch when you push it side to side. The base should have no movement. I personally don't trust not using a base if it's supposed to use one. The child used to lay back in the old car seats and not even that long ago but over the last 5 years or so they have changed with some new studies to show it is safer this way. I find the convertible car seats when rear facing lean back more then the infant carriers on the base so when your son is about 5-6 months maybe buy the convertible seat and leave it rear facing of course, and you might find it looks more comfortable.

Miranda - posted on 06/15/2010

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Like many of the other mom's have suggested: I would have someone check the installment of your car seat to make sure it's in properly. You can do this at a variety of places, the safety of your child is #1 (obviously that is why you posted your question...) Good luck, and I know that you will get it figured out, just be careful in the mean time. :)

Katie - posted on 06/14/2010

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In my opinion I thought a base was a waste of money. I never used one. My daughter was a premie and she didn't completely fit in the carseat the hospital gave me so what they did tell me to do to keep her safe in it was to take blankets and roll them up and put them around her body so she wouldn't be flopping everywhere. It worked great and the nurse also told me that I shouldn't buy one of those snuggle things because if its not made for YOUR carseat then it wont work properly. I say go to the firestation and have them make sure everything is hooked up properly.

Amy - posted on 06/13/2010

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go to www.carseatcheck.org and look for a location nearest you. They will professionally install you car seat if yours is not properly installed. They are usually extremely helpful. If for whatever reason your seat does not fit your car (contrary to popular belief, cars seats are not all the same size and fit) they will give you a recommendation based on your vehicle type.

Melissa - posted on 06/13/2010

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I had a Graco carseat and on the front on the base there were little buttons that would adjust to raise or lower the base for a comfortable incline. Check the front of your base for these!

Louise - posted on 06/13/2010

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We had the same problem with ours. We has to level out the base and then we could use it. I liked it because I used to lift the boys out of the seat when getting out of the car an it was way easier as the straps were on the base. I had huge babies. Both grew out of those seats by 4 months!!!

Medic - posted on 06/13/2010

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I was not able to use the carrier carseats with my new baby because I have a SUV that has stadium seating and when I looked online at my cars manufacturers website it had a listing of approved carseats for my car down to the year of the car. I went with their recomendations and got a convertable seat which reclines to the approprate level. So I guess in short look online at your cars website and I would also go to your local firestation (if they do that in your area) or where ever they do safety checks and have them look at your seat.

Jenee - posted on 06/13/2010

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Unless the Nurse is is certified in car seat safety then I would take her advice with a grain of salt. I would def get it check by someone who is certified. Most Firehouses have someone who can properly in stall it. Also some hospitals can do it. We had my sons infant seat installed by someone who is certified and also had the seat that is in now installed by the same person.

Also their should be a indicator on the side that should tell you if it is level or not.

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I would get it checked. It doesn't sound like it's installed correctly. Our base adjusted to meet the incline of our seat. Most police departments or fire stations have someone certified who can make sure it's installed properly. Call ahead because most places only do it at certain times.

Angie - posted on 06/13/2010

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Keep in mind that all cars are different. Not all cars have the same incline in their seats (some have more than others) and only a newer car is equipped with the latch system. No two carseat installations are the same.

Lynette - posted on 06/13/2010

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Well for starters please do use the base its there for a reason ^_^ Also we have an Evenflow car seat as well and I cant understand why your having the problem you're having. First off does it have a little level device that flips to green when its level? If it does then if its green its level so it could be just how you're looking at it.They are really easy to use just find the hooks that are under the car seat cushions and strap the hooks onto them. If you're still confused take the car seat and your car to the police department and they'll help you as well. Hope this helps and please use the base you'll get the hang of it soon enough.

Lauren - posted on 06/12/2010

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It could also be the angle of your seats in the car. My Graco car seat was almost straight up as well because the back seats were tilted. There is a product sold at Babies R Us that is actually a car seat leveler.

http://www.toysrus.com/productindex.jsp?...

It is completely safe and you can also read the reviews on it. It might be that your seats are tilted just enough that the base is tilted as well. You might want to read your car seat instructions because it might tell you that you can use a rolled up towel to level it also (the instructions for mine did).

Angie - posted on 06/12/2010

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Agree with Maggie, you should never buy and use any aftermarket accessory to go on a carseat.

It sounds like you really need to go get your seat inspected and properly installed. There are ways to help even up the base but those are only if the base is truly at the wrong incline. A professional should be able to help you out.

Maggie - posted on 06/12/2010

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unless ur carseat comes with a head rest done go out and buy one and put it in. Both of my kids were in the NICU and they told me multiple times that those are dangerous.

Amy - posted on 06/12/2010

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FWIW, I'd never use a capsule again! It seemed like a good idea at the time, but lifting it in and out of the car & carrying it around stuffed my back. Unless they're tethered, they're also not as safe as a proper, tethered seat (e.g. Safe & Sound) which should last through the toddler years. Also, never use capsules for sleeping - they're not the right shape for a baby's back for any length of time and they can block baby's airway. I in desperation rocked my daughter to sleep in hers while visiting friends - but done again I'd hold her more.

Amy - posted on 06/12/2010

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I used an Evenflow capsule & the local nurse whose specialty has been car seats for the last 20 years says she hates the bases - they're for parental convenience, not safety, and she can never get them as tight as the seat on its own. It's really important to get the locking clip (regardless of whether you use the base or not) on up the right way & in the right place. I strongly recommend you get the installation of your car seat checked even if you think you're doing it right. I suggest this to everyone. Get it checked by someone specialised in car seats - the staff at baby stores are often misinformed themselves.

This site is a really good place to start. The owner is a New Zealander & is Safe to Go trained, but she's also travelled to the USA specifically for car seat safety training: http://www.childrestraintsafety.com

Nikki - posted on 06/12/2010

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Don't mess with car seats, go and get it fitted by a professional before you put your child in the car again. You can buy newborn head rests which mould around your babies head and attach through the seat belt.

Amanda - posted on 06/12/2010

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I used my sons car seat without the base all the time. It is not dangerous if it is properly done up. read the instructions or if you want help with your car seat go to one of your fire stations. they know how to install them. bring the car seat instructions with you. They might need them

Tanya - posted on 06/12/2010

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Easier could be wrong, and that could mean your sons life if you get into an accident. I don't know where your from but here in Ontario if you go to a family center like a YMCA, they can direct you to someone that will make sure the seat is installed properly.

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