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March 1st, 2012, 02:07 PM
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My foster daughter Olivia (5mos) had open heart surgery on Tuesday. She is doing well, and we may be going home in less than a week Very scary! Anyways, I'm so worried about her chest clip hurting her incision. I asked her Dr.'s and nurses, and they all said that parents usually push the chest clip all the way down for the ride home. Well, I know that it not safe, as it can cause internal injuries. As well, we have a 2 1/2 hour drive home, not a short one at all. However I'm very worried about her chest being injured should we be in an accident with the chest clip appropriately positioned. So, which is the preferrable risk? The drive home is risky, we have to drive down the Grapevine from Los Angeles, not exactly the safest highway in the world. Please help me decide...Oh and she's in a keyfit.
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March 1st, 2012, 02:55 PM
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This thread should help! http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=213154 http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=121163
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March 1st, 2012, 09:57 PM
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Thank-you do much, that really eases my mind
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March 2nd, 2012, 04:48 AM
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What car seat does she have? Contact the manufacturer's customer service and ask if they'll allow the chest clip to be removed. It's not a vital part of the car seat as long as the straps are positioned properly and tightened properly. Even if they say they can't allow it (and probably just because they didn't test their seat without it), I'd be ok with making the parental decision to not use a chest clip in this instance.

I'm glad to hear she's recovering well from her surgery!
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March 2nd, 2012, 10:44 AM
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March 3rd, 2012, 12:39 AM
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Thank-you Erica! It's a Keyfit she rides in. I also have a radian xt if it can be used without a clip. Would just need to pick up a temp seat for Avery since that's her seat.
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March 4th, 2012, 07:20 AM
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I do believe that Sunshine Kids (now DIONO) did approve of the seat being used without the chest clip. I would call to verify that information though, they could have changed their statement.
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March 4th, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Thanks, I'll give them a call!

The only store close is a Target. Would you get a MyRide or a Complete Air? (for Avery)
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March 8th, 2012, 12:34 PM
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Thank-you again ladies! Were home now. I called Diono and they approved the removal of the chest clip while her incision in healing. I sent my Mom out to get a MyRide for Avery for the trip home, and she enjoyed the ride. Were all home, safe and sound
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March 10th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Thank-you again ladies! Were home now. I called Diono and they approved the removal of the chest clip while her incision in healing. I sent my Mom out to get a MyRide for Avery for the trip home, and she enjoyed the ride. Were all home, safe and sound
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March 10th, 2012, 03:34 PM
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Great to hear!! Hope all goes well with the healing!
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March 11th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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Glad you're home and all is well! I hope her recovery goes quickly and smoothly
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