Monday, January 10, 2011

Car Seats

A Few Car Seat Safety Tips:
  • Did you know that car seats are not any good after 5 years? This is when the spacing of my kids became critical. I didn't want to buy all new car seats. You can spend an arm and a leg on infant car seats alone.
  • There is also this rule I didn't know about until my second child was born. Babies/kids are not supposed to have a coat on while in a car seat. Crazy! I went to take my youngest home from the hospital in a thin sweater, a nurse told me that nothing loose should be on him. You're supposed to pile blankets on top of them to keep them warm. The likelihood of people following that rule in Omaha, Nebraska is slim. Think about the people that do not have a garage! My kids complain that they are cold even when I do have them in a coat. It does make sense that I have trouble getting my skinny kids buckled in their car seats when they are bundled up with their coats on.
A Few Things That the Average Joe Does:
  • Many people have more then one car seat for each of their cars! Ya, more expense, but it beats trying to get a car seat out of one vehicle and in another.
  • There are places that recycle old car seat, and give you a discount on other things in the store. Toys R Us/Babies R Us do this. They do not do this all the time, so you have to check their ads. They also do not discount the whole store. Usually it's a discount off something for baby at their  stores.
  • There is also programs in place in most larger cities where you give them an old car seat, and they give you a new one. We did this to get my parents a car seat. They even help you fit it right in your car! We found out about the program through our pediatrician office. The bad part about this is that you don't get to pick a brand/color. 
A Car Seat Giveaway:

The Features Include:
  • Rear-facing: 5 - 45 lbs
  • Forward-facing: 20 - 80 lbs (and up to 53") in a 5-point harness
  • Steel alloy frame and aluminum reinforced sides
  • SuperLATCH™ installation up to 80 lbs - no seat belt required
  • Easy-Tite™ adjuster for quick and easy tightening, installs in 1 minute
  • Adjustable head support, reinforced for complete side-impact safety
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam panels on all sidesSafestop® energy-absorbing harness system
  • 5 shoulder and 3 buckle positions for proper harness fit
  • Fits 3-across in a mid-size vehicle and offers more shoulder space
  • 3-in-1 infant/toddler full body support cushions
  • Folds flat for travel and storage, includes convenient carry strap
  • 2 recline positions in forward-facing mode

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