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January 29th, 2013, 07:18 PM
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I was just curious... are there any 'after market' items that you do have for your child when they are in the carseat?

For example I saw these on Pinterest today:
Baby & Kids Travel Pillow, Car Seat Pillow - Leaps and Bounds Kid

Because no part of it goes between the seat and straps, or your child and straps would it be considered still a bad idea?


I've also heard about the mirrors you strap onto the headrest being dangerous, because they are not crash tested. This is one honestly I may have to think about removing or not... I would think it could be much more dangerous turning around, or trying to see your baby other ways while in the car.

Is there anything similar that you did choose to use because you felt the benefits outweighed the risks?
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January 30th, 2013, 04:49 AM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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That one you linked to is one of the worst. It pushes baby's head forward and changes the angle of the body and airway. Newborns need to be at 45 degrees, and this pillow makes it less than that.

You want nothing that goes between baby, car seat, and harness UNLESS it came with the seat. No Bundle Mes, no Snuzzlers, no strap covers, no headrests, nothing.

As far as the mirror, it depends on the mirror. If it's hard and plastic-y, I wouldn't use it. I have one installed for my son that is more soft plastic and bendable, and it would be hard (but not impossible) for it to come off in a crash. Other than that mirror, I have no after market products for my kids. There are other safer alternatives to every after market product, so I use the ones that don't interfere with the car seat.
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January 30th, 2013, 08:12 AM
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I would never have thought people would use something like that for a newborn... I was thinking for your older baby who doesn't need to be on such a recline... like a 1 yr old etc. I doesn't look to me like to goes between any part of baby and the straps.
Still not something I'd spend my money on, but I thought it looked interesting, and different from other similar products that do go between baby and the straps.
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January 30th, 2013, 09:15 AM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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The point I was trying to make is you want nothing between baby and car seat as well. If you need a little pillow, tuck a rolled up blanket next to baby's body after being buckled in. That does not go between baby and the seat and does not interfere with the harness either.

On the other hand, most kids won't care if you put this in or not. Mine tilt their head to the side if they want a spot to rest their heads. All aftermarket products are for convenience (and made by companies to make money).
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