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Hey kid, turn around!

My niece is 14 months old, 29 inches tall & 19 pounds. My sister in law already has her forward facing in her car seat. When she mentioned she was planning to turn her around once she hit 1 and asked if I had turned our son around yet I said no way (he's 16 months)! I said it was illegal in some states to turn them around until 2. Her and her husband shrugged it off and said well not here . Should I say something more? Should I send her some articles explaining the benefits of rear facing? Is it not really a big deal? I have no plans to turn my son forward facing regardless, but I would feel awful if something happened to my niece and I never spoke up. I mean no one plans to have an accident. Should I say something or just stay out of it. I know the usual advice on Ask is to stay out of it, but I'm asking anyway.
posted by MayNicholas on May 17, 2014 - 24 answers

Carseat-free Travel in Europe?

In about a month my wife, one-year-old, and I are moving to Italy. We plan to be there a year. As we finish up our plans for the move, we keep wondering if we really need a carseat… [more inside]
posted by jacob on Mar 31, 2014 - 11 answers

What's a car for a tall dad, with two carseats and two dogs?

I'm the dad of a growing family - a two-year-old, a baby about to be born, and a wife. And two small dogs. We need a family car, and are looking for something that will accommodate: * Dogs in the back (a wagon or hatchback) * Two rear-facing carseats. * A tall (6'3") man in a front seat. [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 2, 2013 - 34 answers

Help me choose a convertible car seat.

I need to get a new car seat for my 9 month-old, but there are so many options out there and I have no idea what all the little numbers and details mean. Help! [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Dec 11, 2012 - 36 answers

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Which cloth diapers, car seat and strollers should I be looking at?

Baby gear advice, the EU/Italy edition. I need some MeFi help for winnowing down the plethora of choices so friends and fam stop bugging me about my baby registry. Advice on cloth diapers, car seats & strollers sought... [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Aug 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Car seat for a Mini convertible?

My husband loves his 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible, but also loves his 3 year old, 38" tall, 30 lb daughter. We're hoping to bring the two things together with the perfect car seat. It needs to be easy to get into for the kid, harness (as opposed to seat belt) preferred. Have any actual real-life Mini owners made this work?
posted by nkknkk on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Good city car that fits 2+ car seats?

What's a good car for city living that will allow me to have 2 car seats and room for passengers? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Mar 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Help not not need a new car

Very specific filter. I am in need of an infant seat for a 2002 chevy cavalier but of course there is more inside [more inside]
posted by dstopps on Dec 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Best car-seat/stroller for a preemie taking cabs?

We hope to take our daughter home early next year, but she will likely be only 4lbs plus then. We've been given a Phil & Ted stroller, but we'd like initially to use something that detaches into a car seat. We don't drive, but use a lot of cabs, walking etc. in Singapore. The reviews online seem more for people with cars or bigger babies. Any advice or recommendations for a light stroller that will detach into a carseat that can be used easily in a cab?
posted by viggorlijah on Nov 21, 2011 - 11 answers

LAX to Pasadena towncar or taxi that provides a child car seat?

Looking for LAX<>Pasadena town car service that provides child car seats. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Sep 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Baby Hates Car Seat

How do I get my ten-month-old daughter to tolerate her car seat? I have a baby that despises being in a car. With a trip to Los Angeles (aka The Land of Car Transportation) coming up, I'm wondering if there's anything we can do to make her hate car transportation a little less. [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on May 30, 2011 - 20 answers

Terrified new parents seek answers

Our little baby boy has been in the NICU for the past 8 days and should be released in a less than a week. He was born 6 weeks early and before we had bought anything (even a car seat) so we're rushing to prepare for his imminent arrival. We came up with a few questions while shopping for baby stuff... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on May 24, 2011 - 54 answers

Infant car seat for the car-less?

Car-less couple expecting baby. What car seat to buy? [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Jan 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Combine rear-facing and front-facing car seats and still have space left over?

One rear-facing car seat, plus one front-facing car seat, in a Honda, Toyota, or Subaru? What worked for you? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts on Nov 22, 2010 - 14 answers

2 babies, 2 cars, 3 car seats...

Please help me find the optimal/safest positions for 3 car seats (1 infant bucket and 2 convertible seats). [more inside]
posted by ramix on Nov 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Tiny baby is tiny. Car Seat doesn't fit!

My sister just had her first child and on the car ride home, she discovered that her tiny, 3 day old, 5 pound baby is too small for her infant car seat! Is there a safe way to modify a normal car seat temporarily for an extra tiny individual? Is there anything else she needs to know about dealing with an extra-small infant? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Oct 2, 2010 - 21 answers

Should we bring our car seat on to the plane?

One toddler, one 4-hour flight. Bring the car seat on board or not? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Sep 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Best convertible car seat?

Best convertible car seat? [more inside]
posted by redyaky on Aug 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Tear in the cloth of my driver's seat.

I've got a small (2-3 inch) tear in the cloth of the driver's seat of my car. Is there a "best practices" way to make sure this doesn't expand and require me to have the whole seat reupholstered? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Jun 25, 2010 - 12 answers

I can remember lying down in the back of station wagons and pickup trucks, but what did we do in the VW?

How did kids under 2 travel in cars before car seats were the norm, particularly on long trips? My mom recalls tots in the lap and something called a 'car bed' (got any pictures?). Would little ones get lap-belted in to prevent them from falling off the seat on corner-turns?
posted by xo on Jun 23, 2010 - 56 answers

Subscribe to Consumer Reports for Baby Stuff?

Is it worth getting a Consumer Reports subscription to research baby stuff? [more inside]
posted by TEA on May 28, 2010 - 20 answers

Car vs Train vs Plane with toddlers

Least stressful way to transport a family from London to Toulouse? Car vs Train vs Plane! [more inside]
posted by Joh on Apr 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Are we crazy to drive our two kids around in a 1984 Buick LeSabre?

My husband and I have two older cars ('84 and '94). Are the safety features in newer cars so far superior that it's irresponsible to drive children around in older cars if you can afford to upgrade? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Feb 16, 2010 - 50 answers

Carseat rentals in Germany

Renting a carseat in Nuremburg, Germany without renting a car. Anyone with knowledge about this? [more inside]
posted by dublin on Jul 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Do I need to replace my son's car seat?

Last night my husband was involved in a very low-speed crash -- the other party was a cement pylon. The crash popped the airbags and broke the plastic grill on the front of the car, but we don't see any other damage. My son's car seat was in the back of the car. (My son was not in the car.) Do I need to replace the seat? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 22, 2009 - 22 answers

car seat confusion

Please help me navigate the complex world of car seats for our impending baby. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Mar 30, 2009 - 26 answers

Do I really need to tether my daughter's car seat?

Do I really need the tether my daughter's car seat? [more inside]
posted by diogenes on Jan 9, 2009 - 23 answers

need to dry car seat right now!

Need advice on drying out car seats quickly. [more inside]
posted by goethean on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Our Babies Need a Booster...

Can anybody tell us what kind of car seat our child should be in? We have 3 and 4 year old children approximately 37" tall and 27 lbs. Their shoulders are about 2" over the top-most shoulder strap slot on their seats. We are not sure if they need a bigger car seat or a booster. Any and all information and recommendations are appreciated. BTW, we have a Toyota Corrola which is relatively small so we can't use some of the Britax models (they are too big for our car).
posted by crios on May 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Deodorant melted into car seat, please help.

I left a stick of speed stick deodorant on the seat of my car's seat, and the heat of the sun melted it into the seat's fabric. How should I get it out? It's melted into a lump that's stuck in the seat, and I can kind of scrape some of it off, but not all of it. My car also smells great.
posted by apathy0o0 on Sep 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Best carseat/booster for a tall, thin toddler?

Best car seat for a toddler? We're looking for a booster to fit a 14-month old who is 32 inches, 23 lbs (tall for her age). It was easy to choose an infant seat, but the boosters seem harder to select, especially since the recent Consumer Reports test results (on infant seats, not boosters) showed so many seats that didn't pass the test. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Jan 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Parts is parts.

My used Honda Odyssey (2005) did not come with a couple of parts, which the dealer has offered to order. However, I'm having trouble getting them to look up the right part number for one piece and would like help finding the right part number to avoid having to go into the dealership just to order the item. [more inside]
posted by theredpen on Nov 6, 2006 - 2 answers

Do car seats and side impact bags play well together?

Do the side impact air bags need to be deactivated in order to use a child's car seat safely in the back seat? [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Oct 23, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I fit my 3 kids into my smallish car?

Help me find a suitable carseat before vacation this year. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy on Jun 19, 2006 - 3 answers

New truck, old truck, big truck, small car?

We need a new (used) vehicle, but can't decide what we're seeking...I'd like to hear some more opinions from disinterested parties. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Dec 7, 2005 - 15 answers

Forward-Facing Car Seat

Parentfilter (which would be a nice idea, btw). The Boy has grown out of his backward facing car seat (Jersey law is 20 lbs and one year. He'll meet both in 12 days), and we need to upgrade into something forward facing. I've hit a bunch of sites comparing the safety and prices, but I'm hoping for advice from people using them. Who makes the best car seat for children?
posted by FunkyHelix on Jul 12, 2004 - 8 answers

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