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December 30th, 2011, 03:09 PM
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When you seen strangers in public with "bad car seat practice". I seen a baby today, and it was obvious the mom knew SOMETHING. He looked to be MAYBE just a year. He was in the new MR65...FF. She had his harness tight, he was tethered, chest clip in place etc....just FF. I wish I had a bright green shirt that says "ask me! ask me!". Sometimes I think people just aren't aware. I know I wasn't.
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December 30th, 2011, 04:13 PM
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Honestly, I say nothing. A while back, I came to the point where I was worked up and worried sick over every kiddo that was improperly harnessed or FFing too young or boostered at 3 yrs old. I realized that I can only worry about MY kids and their safety. I am not a CPST, so how do these other parents know me from a hole in the wall? If I became certified, I would say something because I have something to back up what I say. I also think how would I feel if some random parent came up to me and commented on how I take care of my kids? I imagine I'd be pretty defensive.
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December 30th, 2011, 06:29 PM
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I don't say anything because I'd hate it if someone said something to me in the store. I've left paphlets on cars and helped parents in the store obviously struggling to find the right seat. But I don't just walk up to people randomly.
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December 31st, 2011, 06:16 AM
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It really depends on the situation. I've said something before, other times I haven't. Really, it's all about how you deliver the message. I do try to help out the parents in the car seat aisle when they're looking to buy a new seat (especially if I see they're looking at something that isn't quite age appropriate for their child). I've had several very happy and thankful families after I've helped them out
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December 31st, 2011, 07:16 AM
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I say nothing, like others said I'm not a CPST so I doubt many people would really appreciate any comments. I have said something to friends when I saw their kid wasn't harnessed in correctly, but I try to be really polite and offhand and just try to mention it. A few people have thanked me, a few completely ignore me.
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January 2nd, 2012, 10:40 AM
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I don't say anything. I do have pamplets that im going to carry around in my car. I watched a lady put her kids into her car on sat and the 3, maybe 4, yr old was in a backless booster, sigh. It sucks, I wish everyone would take the time to sit down and research it.
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January 2nd, 2012, 11:55 AM
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This is one of the deciding factors for me to become a CPST. I wanted to be able to approach parents and have something to "back me up". I have also realized I absolutely can NOT save everyone. I always have my cards on me and will leave them on cars. I will approach if it's something I feel seriously needs addressed....like newborns with loose and/or too high harnesses, buckets on shopping carts, parents purchasing a booster for their way too young child or if I get the sense my help would be welcomed.
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January 2nd, 2012, 02:05 PM
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I dont say anything. She has the child FF but has the seat in correctly so there is obviously a reason. I know my dd was ff at 1 yr because of her extreme carsickness and I had one lady try to tell me that she needed to be RF and I got very offended because not every child can RF
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January 2nd, 2012, 06:22 PM
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She more than likely had him FF because of no knowledge. Babies and carsickness is actually extremely rare.
I have helped people in the car seat aisle before, but I always wait until I make sure they have made eye contact with me first.

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This is one of the deciding factors for me to become a CPST. I wanted to be able to approach parents and have something to "back me up". I have also realized I absolutely can NOT save everyone. I always have my cards on me and will leave them on cars. I will approach if it's something I feel seriously needs addressed....like newborns with loose and/or too high harnesses, buckets on shopping carts, parents purchasing a booster for their way too young child or if I get the sense my help would be welcomed.
I had looked for classes and such, my work has even offered to pay. However, with my growing belly I am pretty sure I would have a difficult time passing the install tests
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