2 Mommies and a Baby


Friday, January 05, 2007

safety panic

I don't want to be one of THOSE parents who is overly neurotic about everything.

I am not going to panic about everything.

I want to thank Estelle for being a voice of reason on more than one occasion.

We were a little perturbed this morning when every major news source was announcing that our car seat - the one we decided on because it was "one of the best" in safety ratings - just failed all of the new tests by Consumer Reports.

My mother-in-law already spent the morning making Lois feel like we will be putting our child in a moving death trap if we stick with our Britax Companion infant seat! What horrible parents we must be!!!
posted by Holly at 1:44 PM


It's BS the Consumer's Report!!! It's all about how fast can we get the car seats we want off the shelves!!!

2:07 PM  

You probably don't know this but I am a certified car seat installer, trained in my past job. Anyway, as far as i know there are no other studies (tests) that have found the latch system unsafe. That is what they tested not the car seats. And here is the big thing the LATCH system is not totally safe nothing is. However, your chances of installing a car seat safely and more accurately with the LATCh are hugely higher then with a seat belt. Installing cars seats with seat belts is soooo difficult, that some where around 90 percent are done incorrectly. And according to my friend, who works for a local hospital in car seat safety, car seats installed using latch are installed nearly 50% correctly.
I am the car-seat Nazi as my friends call me and you are doing it right. By the best and have it installed correctly they rest is not up to you, Lois or anyone for that matter. Britax is one of the best. So use it and feel safe.

One more thing many people have their car seats installed but don't learn how to doit. At some point you will have to move the damn thing. So while you are with the installer take it out and try to do it by yourself. Also have them teach you with the seat belt, just incase you are ever driving in a car without the latch system. that way you have confidence that you can do it right. I had a friend who had it installed and was so proud that it was in correctly, but when her car died and she had to get a rental. She had no idea how to install the seat herself.

7:24 PM  

I can so relate to being overly neurotic. We when first started TTC I marched into therapy with the intent of making sure I address any issues I may have in order to not be a neurotic mother. The therapist pretty much laughed at me and said it was fun seeing me from week to week, and that she'd keep taking my money if I really felt it necessary. So, I'm longer going to therapy. But, I'm so Type A that I'm starting to worry again about being way too neurotic!

Oh, the car seat dilemma. They had a report here on it locally last night. Here's the link. http://www.myfoxutah.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=1979763&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

11:25 AM  

We're planning to get the Britax Companion too based on it's safety ratings. Sigh. Maybe we should just never leave the house with him? Then an earthquake will get us.

11:22 AM  

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