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Picking an emergency seat

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In the fall DD (currently 23 months, weighing about 26 lbs and average height but I'm not sure exactly how tall) will start day care one day a week. The day care requires us to have an emergency contact who could assume responsibility for our child in the event that they were unable to reach either of us. This would mean this person would have to pick her up at day care either on foot or by car and bring her back to our house which is about a 10 minute walk away.

 

It's not very likely that this would ever actually happen. 

 

A friend of ours has agreed to serve in this role, and walking to the daycare and pushing her back in the stroller is not a physical challenge for him. The only difficulty would be inclement weather.

 

So I have a few thoughts about how to approach this:

 

1. Get the minimum seat I can get away with, since it probably won't ever get used anyway and if it does it will be to drive only a short distance. 

2. Get a seat that can be used as a primary or secondary seat for the next baby (but at the time that we transitioned it into use for that child, we would have to have a different backup seat if she was still in day care). 

3. Don't get any seat at all and figure that in the odd event this does actually happen they can make it on foot even if the weather is nasty.

4. Take the seat out of one of our cars and use it as the backup. But then on the days that one of us must drop her off and the other pick her up and neither could make the trip on foot, we would have to leave her seat with her at the day care and then reinstall it in the other car. 

5. Pick a different day care that has a bus or something. (Possible. But I like this one because the hours are flexible and you can be part-time. I would have to investigate what other day cares in our area allow this.)

 

The other issue is that if we got a seat it ideally should be something that is fairly easy to install and use for a person who's not accustomed to them. We would practice with it, of course, so that he knew the basics, but that's different than doing it every day. 

 

Thoughts? We already have one seat in each of our cars--the idea of having to get yet another car seat for this kid bugs me. 

post #2 of 5

Yes, buying another seat could be expensive.... I think # 1 or #4. There are seats out there for $50 and /or would it be a pain to take the car seat out of the car?

 

Let us know what you decide!

post #3 of 5
Since its an unlikely scenario and would be a rare occurrence, I'd skip the seat. If you have a stroller, provide your friend with a key to your place and teach him how to use the stroller, where you keep it, how it folds, etc. Also show him where you keep kiddo's rain/snow gear and extra blankets. If the unlikely happens, he can let himself in, grab what's needed, walk to daycare, put her in the stroller and walk her back. It being a 10 minute walk, they can survive pretty much any weather that long and warm up/dry off when they get home. This is what I'd do personally. That or uninstall a seat and leave it. After some practice, it becomes very quick and easy. I do this weekly for playdates and the install is about a minute, uninstall is about 30 seconds.
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Since its an unlikely scenario and would be a rare occurrence, I'd skip the seat. If you have a stroller, provide your friend with a key to your place and teach him how to use the stroller, where you keep it, how it folds, etc. Also show him where you keep kiddo's rain/snow gear and extra blankets. If the unlikely happens, he can let himself in, grab what's needed, walk to daycare, put her in the stroller and walk her back. It being a 10 minute walk, they can survive pretty much any weather that long and warm up/dry off when they get home. This is what I'd do personally. That or uninstall a seat and leave it. After some practice, it becomes very quick and easy. I do this weekly for playdates and the install is about a minute, uninstall is about 30 seconds.

 

This is what I would do.  This is from the perspective of having a 14 year old and an 11 year old both of whom have been in preschool and then public school for YEARS and never actually needed an emergency pick-up.  Honestly, is the emergency person going to be willing to have the seat installed at all times?  If no, then they'd still have to go, get it, install it (are you 100% sure they'd do it correctly?) and so on before doing the pick-up anyway.

post #5 of 5
I agree,skip the seat. You will probably make friends with the other parents in the class that can help and will more than likely have access to extra seats.

Maybe give friend a key to your home
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