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The center position is the safest for a car seat. Not only is that somewhat logical (regardless of what side the car is impacted, there's distance between impact and child), but it is supported by research. That same study also indicates there was no statistically significant difference in the injury risk between the two sides of the car, only between the ...


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No. I would not risk it. Usually the manual will say not to use the unit if it's damaged, or even to use it if it's older than a few years. Parts may look just little bit damaged, but that little bit can cause a failure during an accident that will leave your little one hurt. Of course, like everything else, there's a tradeoff between cost (in this case ...


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Although this is somewhat opinion-based as there are both minivans and SUVs which fit the bill, the advantages of the minivan over the SUV are: they are purpose built people carriers so they have features like sliding doors and removable and re-configurable seats that SUVs don't have, or at least not to the same level they are generally cheaper to own, ...


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Many people get motion sick when moving backwards for any length of time. I suspect that this might be the case for your daughter because her older sister did better once she was front-facing. If this is the case, the second your daughter hits the car seat, she knows that horrible feeling is coming, but she doesn't know why or how to tell you. I would ...


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We fully covered our baby only as protection against foul weather when outside, and against light and noise when inside (restaurant etc). And also to help him sleep or fall asleep. Other than that, I see no reason to fully cover a baby. Covering him partially makes sense of course, to keep him warm without denying him a view of where he is and what's going ...


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There really is no substitute for taking the entire family, including rear-facing car seat, for test drives. Go to a crowded parking lot, park with cars on both sides, then get everyone out and back in. Think about groceries. Think about vacations. Think about if a friend or relative comes with you. Try all the seats yourself, because your 12 year-old ...


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First off, this is not medical or legal advice, and no answer from a site like this should be relied upon; ask your pediatrician for the best advice. It is never safer for a child to sit in the front seat. (Similarly, it is never safer for an adult; the rear seat is simply safer in general.) The recommendations of child safety organizations are generally ...


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I did some research into this years ago which I can't easily get to right now. I think I used the CDC statistics. What I found was that the position behind the driver's seat was slightly less safe because turns towards the drivers side cross traffic, whereas turns away from the driver's side don't cross as much traffic - but both types of turns, if ...


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Both of our daughters did this, and it wasn't just the car seat, it was strollers too. They hated to be strapped into something. We made sure the straps weren't hurting them in any way. One thing our pediatrician suggested was to make sure that we didn't just feed them before putting them in a stroller or carseat because the sitting position could be ...


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The thing a lot of people don't know about shoulder belts is if you pull them all the way out as far as they will go, the latching system will stay engaged and will only tighten, not loosen, until it is all the way retracted again. This mode was designed specifically for car seats and children in booster seats. Children's small size makes it take longer ...


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These seats are designed to be newborn-friendly. Any of them causing any physical damage to a child is unthinkable. Such seat should never have been made and accepted for sale. Unless you bought the cheapest seat on a flea market, you're going to be ok. Long trips are discouraged because your child is restricted to the same position for their duration. If a ...


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Probably paranoia. Other possiblity is that the baby is asleep and they are using the cover as a noise and light barrier. Personally, my wife and I never used covered the carrier for any reason other than weather, like you.


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The only reason I ever covered my children during transport was to keep them warm and keep the weather off them.


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Better for your wallet: the convertible. Better for your infant's spine: the infant seat. The Austrian automobile club recommends to use infant seats for infants and not convertibles and my wife who is a trained physio therapist explains why: infants' spines are not fully developed, which means that infants should never sit or even recline until they are ...


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Unfortunately very few cars properly fit 3 car seats, and cramming them all in there may actually decrease the safety of the seat. If you do end up putting one in the front seat, make sure you consider the front passenger air bags - they need to be disabled for many car seats or they can cause significant harm.


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The bad news is your baby is going to make you stop whether you want to or not. The good news is that makes it so you don't really have to guess how long is too long. You know how long you go between diaper changes and feedings now. Plan to stop at those intervals at the very least, then double it to get a probable worst case. As for how long you ...


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Nope. If you would be more comfortable keeping an eye on them, there are mirrors you can install that allow you to see them in your rear view mirror. However, you will be wise to watch the road instead of the sleeping babies in the back seat; every newborn I've ever met just sleeps in the car so you won't be missing much.


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We had both an Odyssey and a Pilot at the same time. I have to say, the Pilot was my dream car, but the back seat was only functional, i.e. not comfortable for long trips. Also, less room for said long trips. But the 4WD in the winter, the towing capacity, the visibility, etc., are a lovely memory. The Odyssey was a much more comfortable car to travel ...


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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that once children transition from rear-facing seats, they should stay in forward-facing seats with a harness until they exceed the maximum weight or height for that seat. At that point, they should move on to a booster seat and shoulder belt. For the Britax Marathon, this means your child should stay in it ...


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Do you have a mirror in your car - the type that attaches to the headrest to let you see the baby? When I removed the mirror, my son was much better about crying in the car seat. The mirror does some perspective distortion and I imagine it is confusing seeing things in reverse for them. I also removed the headrest from directly behind the car seat which ...


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What my husband and I have discovered recently is that your requirements can change significantly between child 1 and child 2. When we bought my car (6 years ago), it was a significant step up in size from my 4-door sedan to a full-size 2-row SUV. My son was born a year later. My daughter was born in July 2010 and my car, which obviously hasn't changed in ...


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If your car seat is properly installed, it should not be rolling over at all. There should be no give in the vehicle strap that allows the seat to come loose enough for the seat to tip. Your problem may be coming from not switch your seatbelt over to Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode from Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) mode. To do this, after you'...


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Although Sarato has given a good general overview, The answer to this will vary depending on the make and model of the carseats as well as local laws. For example, some infant carrier carseats support a weight limit of 22 lb, but others have a weight limit of 30 lb. An infant carrier carseat can be used as long as the child is within the height and weight ...


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You need two different prams (or possibly three). Since you're avid runners, you should get a separate pram for that purpose. They are usually three-wheeled. The reason is that everyday prams aren't meant for high speeds. Look for ones that have: a long wheel base with fixed wheels (runs more straight) big, bicycle-style wheels (comfort) brake lever on ...


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Getting a convertible car seat saves you money in having to purchase two seats, but I would recommend an infant seat. When you first bring that little peanut home, they are so tiny and dwarfed by any car seat. The infant seat has them in a reclined position that I have not seen in a convertible seat. When my son was a little over a year and we were ...


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You can fit 3 RadianRXT car seats side-by-side. It has all the safety features of a Britax and more + things like foldable seat bottoms for travel storage. This saved us from buying a new car ;) Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Diono-Radian-Convertible-Seat-Shadow/dp/B005MQRAAK


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A good rule of thumb is that if you pull on the car seat, if it moves more than 1 inch from front to back, or side to side, it is not tight enough. Not having the seat installed properly is a very common problem, that frequently goes unnoticed until there is an accident. There are many locations in the US, and possibly other countries, that offer free car ...


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The major reason not to travel with a newborn (< 3 month old) is not so much the carseat, but the immune system. A baby under three months old does not have a very well developed immune system, and so traveling to another location (particularly to be around new people) increases the risks that he/she catch an infection which is potentially much more ...


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The minivan, in my opinion (Joe), is the way to go. I agree it is not the sporty vehicle we aspire to drive but when it comes to hauling (four) kids around, it is the easiest, most convenient, comfortable way to go. I recommend the Toyota Sienna with seating for 8. It has three removable seats in the middle so you can remove any of them for the ease of ...



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