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How do i tell them they aren't using their seat properly???

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September 2nd, 2008, 02:11 PM
~*3 little bears*~'s Avatar Jack~Mack~Brooke~Baby
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Without sounding like a Pushy Paula??? I was visiting some family friends this weekend and we all went to BRU together and first they strapped their little girl into the seat VERY loosely and the chest clip was way down on her stomach. Then they put her in the car and since they don't have a base for the seat they just use the seat belt but they just put the seat belt over her and thats it. OMG i was looking at my mom frantically like, this is NOT right. I didn't know how to tell them that they had it all wrong without sounding rude. Oh and then she tells me that they are going to buy a bigger seat because their daughter already weighs 20 pounds at 5 months and they are going to turn her around. OMG i did say that they can NOT do that. I told them that she has to be at LEAST a year old before they turn her and i think they will actually listen to that but they other stuff how do i tell them??? It is soo important. They pretty much just have her floating around in her seat in the car.

ETA - the reason it is hard for me to tell them anything is because i have already mentioned alot of thing regarding co-sleeping, vaccinations, etc. and these people absolutely do NOT want to hear about any of that or do any research or read any manual or anything. I think that they think i am some know-it-all.

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September 3rd, 2008, 09:38 AM
dream2bemommy22's Avatar and baby makes 5
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Why dont you say you are taking Jackson to a safety seat inspection ( find one in their area, like the local police/fire department/ hospital) and ask her if she wants to go with. Just say its always helpful to get a refresher. That way, they will be the ones telling her she is doing it wrong. If you are worried about offending them, or them not listening.

otherwise, in a situation like this, i would just flat out tell them. This isnt a personal choice like vaccines and co-sleeping are, this is a safety risk and a law they arent obeying. I would just tell them.
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September 3rd, 2008, 11:06 AM
stephie1012's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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thats so hard i have been battleing this myself..dh's friend has there kid strapped in all wrong i cvringe when i see him but dont wanna sound overbearing..my family tho they know how i feel and i will speak my mind

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September 3rd, 2008, 03:36 PM
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I find it's all in the tone. Bring it up when you're strapping your own child in, and just say that you've noticed they're not strapping her in properly and offer to help them. If she gets snippy and rude, then you did what you could. I've found that all of my friends/family that were using their seats improperly were MORE than happy to have me help them fix it.
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September 6th, 2008, 09:55 PM
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I just flat out tell them how to do it right and why, really they just don't know and if you teach them the right weay and why they should (hopefully ) take your advice, it's their child's life on the line and like said before it's not a personal choice but what IS the right way.
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