Car Seat Usage

Jen - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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This is just a rant lol :)

So I doubt I'm the only mom who gets annoyed when they pass a car or park next to a car that has children who are not properly restrained. This morning I was dropping my daughter off at day care and a car pulled up next to me with 3 little girls in the back seat all in seat belts. All 3 children were under 5. The youngest was probably only 2.5 or younger. I wanted to tell the mom that I hoped she got pulled over by the police and fined royally for her stupidity. Do parents just not care about their children's safety? I also have a friend who has her 2.5 year old and 3.5 year old in booster seats. Not high back boosters either. Her 2.5 year old is riding illegally and she claims that he's too big for a car seat. He fits just fine in my daughter's seat. I just don't see how people can do it. My daughter is in a 5 point harness and then will go to a high back booster until she's in kindergarten. She's only 28 lbs. so I've still got a while for her to stay in her car seat and I'm glad knowing that she's safer in it.

End of rant. :)

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Jen - posted on 04/16/2010

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So today I went to drop my daughter off at day care and a car was parking with a toddler jumping around in the van. REALLY?! If they can take the seat belt off they need to be better restrained. I'm thinking about talking to the director and asking if they can post some flyers about car seat safety. Anyone know of some good sites that I can pass the info. on to them?

Jodi - posted on 04/15/2010

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I feel the same way. My cousin put her 4 month old (20lbs) in her older sister's used FORWARD facing carseat. It had a 5 point harness but the part that snaps in front of the chest didn't even snap completely. I tried to tell her that she needs to be backward but she says she's too big and she's a fussy baby that needs to see everything or she will cry the whole way. Also, when she was a newborn, she used to take her out of her carrier to breastfeed when driving for more than an hour!! This makes me so nervous!

My son is almost 7 months and 20lbs 7oz. We just switched from the infant carrier to a 3 in 1 5 point harness carseat. He will be facing rear for as long as possible (at LEAST a year) then to forward facing, then to to the highback booster. I'd love to keep him in each category for as long as possible. Some people just don't think about the consequences until after something serious happens.

Lindsay - posted on 04/14/2010

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WOW! thank you I thought I was the only one who felt this way! It is amazing how many moms on here brag about forward facing there 9 month olds or putting 2 year olds in boosters, it makes me sick everytime I read these posts! I wishthere was a way to report them!
With all the new research why havn't they updated the laws to fit the findings! If they know kids need to rearface til they are 2 why is the law 1 and 20? If they know they need to be harnessed til 65 pounds why do they make boosters for 30 pound kids?

I wish the police would get more involved and maybe start random checks for kids and there carseats. I was recently told that if your child isn't properly restrained on top of getting a ticket you can be charged with child endangerment, YAY!

I'm a carseat nut! I have an 18 month old who is tall and skinny. I had to move her from her 30/30 infant seat because she was 30 inches but only 18 pounds at 1 year. She is still rearfacing in a seat that allows rfing until 35 pounds and I plan to keep her there til then. Then it forward faces until 65 pounds but if she continues down this route she will need to be upgraded to a seat with a higher harness capacity because she will be to tall before she weighs that much! I won't be putting her in a booster until she is around 7 years old. I have heard too many horror stories of children coming out of there boosters and some being ejected from the car!

Sorry to drag on, it was nice to vent!

Lori - posted on 04/14/2010

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I agree! Why would someone do that? I was appalled to read that deaths happen because people don't bring a car seat to the hospital when they have their babies and when they are on the way home they get in an accident. I can't believe people do things like that!

Shanna - posted on 04/14/2010

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my 3 1/2 yr old 33lbs is in a 5 point harness and so is my 14 month old 20lbs and she is still backwards. she will be until she meets the maximum . yes it urgs me too!!!!!! I would hav gotten their license plate and called it in. I actually did this once when i pulled up to a gas station and this lady was holding her infant and the guy came out of the store and they just left didn't even strap in their baby she was still holding it. i think they thaught since they had tinted windows it was ok . but i parked right next to them and could see in. Horble!! Also my nephew that is 4 is just a hair shorter than my daughter at 41"and is way closer to 40lbs than my daughter but doesn't weigh 40lbs and is in a booster seat and a backless booster seat. He is not alowed in those when i have him. They are lazy they even say it them selves well almost they just say oh its easier. But I still don't let them give me a booster when i have him i ask for his 5 point harness!!! Glad to see you posted this!

Karen - posted on 04/14/2010

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i'm with you completely! i will say something to the parent usually about it if i can, and if they choose not to fix it there has been an occasion that i have called the cops with plate numbers (i really feared for the safety of the child - it was a baby of about 8 months sitting on mom's knee in the front seat) some times parents need a reality check

Elizabeth - posted on 04/14/2010

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I agree completely! You do see kids bouncing around in the back seat way too often.
Obviously not as bad as not using a carseat at all, I still don't understand why so many moms want to rush turning their babies forward facing? This is not a milestone to rush.
Rear facing is the safest way to ride (Even for adults!) Your child may be protected from flying through the windshield but if his neck snaps from the impact of a crash......... And saying he's 'too big' is just kind of silly. Even the infant seat for my son uses goes up to 27lbs and they make carseats (That aren't too expensive) that can be rear facing up to 60lbs. I have personally never met a 6 month old that was 60lbs......
I'm not trying to upset anyone, this is just what I think about the whole carseat thing.

Sam - posted on 04/14/2010

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my daughter is 4 and 6mths and she sits in a high bak 5 point harness booster seat .. and yes it gets very annoying seeing it especially wen u see kids jumping around in the bak without even a seat belt.. u can even buy the high bak boosters and the h harness how hard is that its still safer than a normal seat belt..

Lindsay - posted on 04/13/2010

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I know how you feel. Last summer I was getting into my car at the grocery store. There was a family parked a couple cars away from me that had 4 kids and they were getting into thier pickup. I saw 2 kids under the age of 5 get into the back seat along with a 7 or 8 year old. The none of them had car seats or booster seats. Then I saw the mom get into the front seat, holding her infant. I was completely horrified! My daughter turned one today and has been in a rear facing carseat since she was born! She rode front facing for the first time today, but is still in the middle of the backseat where it is the safest. I got my daughter a new car seat as soon as she hit 22 lbs and was too big for her infant carrier. Don't these parents want their children to be safe??

Andrea - posted on 04/13/2010

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I am with you this makes no since to me at all!!! My daughter is in a 3 in 1 seat (we even had a rearfacing one for our other car) and we switched her forward sitting at 18 months she is now two... she is small but tall it was a very hard for me to face her forward!!! I just couldn't imagine not using the proper seats for her!!!

Medic - posted on 04/13/2010

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I feel the same way, my son actually has been 32 pounds for about a year and was in a high back booster for the better part of 9 months due to me wanting to use his old carseat for his sister but she ended up being to short for the min. height. He just this week went back to the 5 point harness because he decided he wasn't going to leave his seatbelt alone. To my shock he said its more comfy and he wants to stay in it which is fine it goes up to 100lbs and is a 3 in one. One of my friends has two of her three kids riding illegally and it just dawned on her that she needs to fix that. I think people should just be fined in general for stupidity. but thats just my opinion.

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