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I don't mind telling a stranger about carseat safety... but i have sooo much trouble talking to family! My SIL came to DH's b-day party friday, and her 6 month old was not properly restrained AT ALL.
I commented on what a big boy he was and she responded "Yeah he technically shouldn't even be in that seat." There was an inch of seat above his head, and i'm sure he's not 22lbs yet, so i'm not worried about that... But his chest clip was in his crotch, his straps were twisted, incredibly loose, and NOT EVEN ON HIS SHOULDERS!!! HE would have flown out of that seat if he was in an accident. I just don't get it! This is the same woman who told me not to buy anything other than a Britax because it "wasn't safe". She really is a sensible person and a great mom, so i don't see how she is so lax about it. I really wanted to say somehting... but i just couldn't find the words.
I mentioned it to DH and he thought it was crazy too, but he's not going to say anything. Do any of you every have trouble approaching friends or family? How do you go about it? I've talked with her before about rearfacing and she jumped down my throat.
This was them coming in from a car ride. And we left before they did. She does have a facebook, but i don't think she's online often enough to see my status if i posted it. Though i might give it a shot.
If this were ME, I would've walked right over to them and said "Oh hun (or any other term of endearment), can I show you something real quick?" and not really give a chance for them to answer while I start fixing. Meanwhile explaining what I'm fixing and WHY. Harness needs to be snug as a hug because it's the only thing keeping him/her in the seat/car. Chest clip not belly clip on his chest to make sure points of crash forces are on the hardest parts of his body not his soft tummy. I'm sure you get the idea
Did you know that 95% of children are not properly restrained in a vehicle?
Make sure your child is not one of them!
I'll have to say something when i see them again. I'm sure its a constant problem too because her "grandma seat" in MILs car had the straps so twisted, it was unusable. MIL was driving the baby and I to a restaurant. I ended up installing my spare seat instead.