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Old 01-31-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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I think there is a lot of common sense that should be used together with the guidelines. Both of my kids are tall for their age, and boosters by 8 cut off the circulation in their legs, so we moved the boosters out. I think some of the other practices are far more dangerous, such as double-buckling. This is a LETHAL practice, very, very bad news. And of course kids riding in the cargo section of a van or SUV unrestrained, while fun, is particularly stupid.
I agree with this. However, I also understand the need for the laws after seeing some of the things I have seen.

One example that comes to mind is when I was picking up DD from day care one day and saw 3 women pull up in a convertible (obviously on the way home from the beach). One jumps out and comes back out with 6 kids all under the age of 5. She starts to pack all 6 kids into the convertible. One on the lap of the mom in the passenger seat, one on her lap, two sitting on the spare seat, one straddling the gear shifter and one standing on the floor between their legs in the back holding on to the girl stradding the gear shifter. I was just staring in shock. They all got in like they had done it a million times before. I hadn't gotten out of my van yet, so I just pulled up behind the car and blocked it in. I got out of the van and told them that either they could find another solution to get home, or I wasn't moving my van. I walked into the day care and told them what was going on.

I didn't let them leave until a van showed up with car seats for all of the kids.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:36 PM
 
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I agree with this. However, I also understand the need for the laws after seeing some of the things I have seen.

One example that comes to mind is when I was picking up DD from day care one day and saw 3 women pull up in a convertible (obviously on the way home from the beach). One jumps out and comes back out with 6 kids all under the age of 5. She starts to pack all 6 kids into the convertible. One on the lap of the mom in the passenger seat, one on her lap, two sitting on the spare seat, one straddling the gear shifter and one standing on the floor between their legs in the back holding on to the girl stradding the gear shifter. I was just staring in shock. They all got in like they had done it a million times before. I hadn't gotten out of my van yet, so I just pulled up behind the car and blocked it in. I got out of the van and told them that either they could find another solution to get home, or I wasn't moving my van. I walked into the day care and told them what was going on.

I didn't let them leave until a van showed up with car seats for all of the kids.
Oh, I wasn't saying people should not follow the law or the guidelines. I hope my post didn't come across that way. I just meant some people say all kids should be in boosters until they are 12. My son is 11, 5'3", and 105 lbs, there's no way he can fit on a booster. I just meant each family should figure out based on each child what criteria is safest.

As for what you described, they are idiots. Kids on laps is ridiculous. Some of the worst injuries I have ever personally seen are babies in rear-facing car seats in the front seat smooshed by air bags, and kids doubled buckled on parents laps. The latter is particularly awful as the weight of the adult pushes the child onto the seat belt. really, really awful.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Oh, I wasn't saying people should not follow the law or the guidelines. I hope my post didn't come across that way. I just meant some people say all kids should be in boosters until they are 12. My son is 11, 5'3", and 105 lbs, there's no way he can fit on a booster. I just meant each family should figure out based on each child what criteria is safest.

As for what you described, they are idiots. Kids on laps is ridiculous. Some of the worst injuries I have ever personally seen are babies in rear-facing car seats in the front seat smooshed by air bags, and kids doubled buckled on parents laps. The latter is particularly awful as the weight of the adult pushes the child onto the seat belt. really, really awful.
Sorry. Bad quoting from me. I was agreeing with you, and the rest was more of a general post.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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One example that comes to mind is when I was picking up DD from day care one day and saw 3 women pull up in a convertible (obviously on the way home from the beach). One jumps out and comes back out with 6 kids all under the age of 5. She starts to pack all 6 kids into the convertible. One on the lap of the mom in the passenger seat, one on her lap, two sitting on the spare seat, one straddling the gear shifter and one standing on the floor between their legs in the back holding on to the girl stradding the gear shifter.
Even when we were seatbelt-stupid in the 60's I can't think of a parent who would have done this.

This is just too dumb for words.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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My 4.5 yr old is only 31lbs and short. He will be in his convertible 5pt harness probably until he is legally able to drive...
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:41 AM
 
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Study: 60% of car seats contain toxic chemicals | wtsp.com
Thought you'd like to add this since it's about car seats and all.
Seat belts just as safe as car seats, authors say – Moms At Work – Orlando Sentinel
And this is an odd thing I found. I remember hearing this as well and sort of freaking out a bit. Lucky I don't have to worry about the little ones anymore. Very difficult for parents now a days.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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My 4.5 yr old is only 31lbs and short. He will be in his convertible 5pt harness probably until he is legally able to drive...
I know, according to the guidelines, kids should stay in boosters until they are 80lbs... My oldest is 9 and not even 50lbs yet, she will be in high school in a booster!
Here in PA they go by age, which as I said previously is just ridiculous, but it seems that is what everyone follows for the most part. My kids are in boosters and will remain for a very long time. My 6 yr old just got out of her 5pt harness...
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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I try to keep snacks in the car so the children don't resort to eating the car seats. The article fails to mention in what way they pose a risk to the occupant.

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Thought you'd like to add this since it's about car seats and all.
Seat belts just as safe as car seats, authors say Moms At Work Orlando Sentinel
And this is an odd thing I found. I remember hearing this as well and sort of freaking out a bit. Lucky I don't have to worry about the little ones anymore. Very difficult for parents now a days.
This is an opinion piece, and the authors admit they have no expertise in child safety. I'll stick with the findings of experts in the field.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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I try to keep snacks in the car so the children don't resort to eating the car seats. The article fails to mention in what way they pose a risk to the occupant.
I believe they think they absorb through the skin or they breath them in. IDRK. lol



This is an opinion piece, and the authors admit they have no expertise in child safety. I'll stick with the findings of experts in the field.
Oh yeah, I know. That was the point, there is so many things to weed through nowadays. You just have to do what feels right and live your life.
Car seats are good, bad, not used right, not used, used to long, smell, don't smell, are toxic, aren't flame resistant enough, etc. etc.
I just feel a bit sorry for the new mommies now, that's all. It was a bit easier for my generation. I posted the ridiculous to prove that, not for people to take it as a real concern. Sorry, should have been more clear about my intentions. Don't want to start a new debate on smelly car seats. lol
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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I know, according to the guidelines, kids should stay in boosters until they are 80lbs... My oldest is 9 and not even 50lbs yet, she will be in high school in a booster!
Here in PA they go by age, which as I said previously is just ridiculous, but it seems that is what everyone follows for the most part. My kids are in boosters and will remain for a very long time. My 6 yr old just got out of her 5pt harness...
On a funny note my 17 year old daughter is 90lbs, 5 ft. lol I guess I should strap her in still to be safe but she's driving the car. lol
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