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Pampered Chef: OT - Infant Carrier safety

  1. stefani2

    stefani2 Veteran Member

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    I have a few friends who have recently had babies. NONE of them seem to know the proper Infant Carrier safety - and when I brought it to their attention they didn't seem to care. You have to put the handle of an Infant Carrier down/back when driving a vehicle for safety reasons. #1 you can get a ticket #2 it keeps your baby safe during a collision.

    Any suggestions on what I could say to them? I don't understand why they don't seem to care/listen. I feel really strongly about this....
     
    May 2, 2009
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  2. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    This is one of those things that if you have mentioned it you just need to let it go. If you decide that the people doing this are not as contientious as you then you need to make a decision on what is best for you and who you associate with.

    These Safety issues were huge with me when I had my kids. I drove my Hubby nuts making sure the kids were buckled properly. Especially after watching his sister barely buckling her 4 at all.
     
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  3. WLMcCoy

    WLMcCoy Advanced Member

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    I've been in similar situations, where I don't think a family member knew what was safer. I didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I just dug through old pamphlets & magazines & found articles on that particular subject. When I gave them to her, all I said was "Here's some stuff I was given when Libby was a baby. Just wanted to pass it on to you."
     
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  4. pkd09

    pkd09 Future Director Silver Member

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    I work for an area police department and we have an officer that has been trained/educated on proper installation of baby seats. We have individuals all the time calling to set up an appointment to make sure they have them installed correctly. Child safety should never be taken lightly.
     
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  5. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    I take my kids safety very seriously. I get so mad when I see a parent disregard the safety of their baby. So I can totally relate. But keep in mind being a new parent can be very overwhelming. Be kind and give them some helpful advice. Maybe doing some research and find out where a child seat inspector is in your area would be helpful.

    My personal pet peeve is when people turn their kids around, just because the minimum of one year and 20 lbs is met. I rear face my toddler until the seat's max limits. My kids are on the chunky side so they don't make it to 2, but I know of many kids that are small enough to be rear facing until 3.
     
  6. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    Not true. Some car seats allow you to leave it up. You have to read the manual.
     
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  7. pckellyd

    pckellyd Member Gold Member

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    The Graco Safe Seat is one where it's ok to leave the handle up.
     
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  8. quiverfull7

    quiverfull7 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    You do have to check with your officers and the manufacturers info. I know that two of them that I had you had to keep the handle up and our friend was the "car seat policeman" that did the seat checks for many years and he insisted they be up.
     
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  9. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Yep, we had Graco car seats with all our kids. The older ones said you had to have the handle back, but the newer one we got for the younger kids said it had to either be all the way up or all the way back, it couldn't be in the in between positions.

    But I know what you mean about how some people ignore car seat safety. I just usually bring it up once in a casual way, other than that I'd recommend them check the manual because the manufacturers change things/laws change so it's good to read up on it.
     
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  10. stefani2

    stefani2 Veteran Member

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    oh - my sister is a car seat inspector and the police officer who I took the seats too said ALL infant carriers handles have to be down. I wonder if Canada is different???
     
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  11. Kodeysmom

    Kodeysmom Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I totally agree with you. My son will be 5 next month. Here in TN at 4 years they can go in a booster seat. As soon as my sisters stepdaughter-who they have custody of -turned 4, or before actually, they went out and bought a booster just because it is so much easier. It gripes me. My son is 42 inches and weighs 38 lbs, he is still in his carseat. He has an Alpha Omega Elite which we can pull the straps out and it turns into a full seat back booster. But it scares me, for now he can still fit very comfortable in the seat with the 5 point harness and thats where he is going to stay for now. He doesn't complain cause he knows no different and it makes me feel safer.
     
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  12. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I have a Graco one too, and I remember assuming that it had to be handle down, and then I re-checked the manual, and it said either all the way or all the way down is fine, just not any of the in between positions.

    And with the handle all the way up, the good thing is that it actually acts like a roll bar and gives some protection if the carrier was hit by something or if it came loose (or was dropped) and tipped, the handle would protect the baby, especially if it ended up up-side down.

    All the way down is good for if it is on a surface where you don't want it to rock for some reason.
     
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  13. lauradahl

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    My boys have the Britax Marathon that'll keep 'em in a 'seat' 'til they are 65 pounds. I have to watch tho...my 5yo is very tall for his age and he outgrows carseats because of his length...not his weight. My Graco infant seat said 26" and he was out of it in 4 months. CRAZY. So then I found the Britax that we could use rear/forward facing and that could last a few years for him.

    I know what you are saying about others tho. I had the same situation here...I did a lot of research on the Britax seats before investing in them (they are spendy..but child safety is worth it) and then I shared it with her. That helped...sharing the safety rating and crash test info and the personal ratings.
     
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  14. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    My 5.5 yo is still in the Marathon as well. It's spendy, but it lasts forever so it really ends up being the same amount of money spent because the other cheaper seats are outgrown in height so quickly.
     
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