Originally Posted by SmallWorld
What carseat is she in by the way?
If you flip it around she *may* not be able to get a good grip on the chestpiece to slide it down.
I don't remember what brand it is. She can definitely grip it from either side.
I don't think anyone is saying that a child is *never* going to be injured because they are in a child restraint, but rather let's do everything we can to prevent injury. Like making sure all harnesses are tight, the chestpiece is in the right place, the child restraint is installed tightly, the child is in the correct child restraint, etc...
Although a child is *in* a child restraint does not make them 100% safe. If the straps aren't tight enough, for example, there are many things that can happen to seriously injure the child.
What we do know is that if we do everything we can to strap them to their restraints and make them *as one* with the vehicle (with built in crumple zones), then our children have a fair chance of walking away from even a horrific accident unharmed or forever permanently injured. Which is what I think *you* as a mother would want.
No - actually what I want is to never be in an accident at all. This is one of the reasons why I rarely drive with the kids in the car.
I'm still not convinced that tormenting my child in small ways for years is better than the risk that she might
be badly injured if I don't do so.
Maybe my attitude is skewed from having been bounced all over the car as a small child...and having no lasting effects from it.
|I think if you saw some gruesome after accident photographs of children's bodies you may change your mind about carseat safety. I have some if you would like me to send them to you? But, just warning you they are not for the faint of heart. It shows the reality of it all. If your child is not properly restrained they *WILL* become a horrible statistic
I don't like gore, but that won't change my mind. I have seen some accident shots, and I have seen some absolutely tear-jerking statements from moms who have lost their babies.
Statements like "they *WILL* become a horrible statistic" actually push me further in the other direction. Kids do survive accidents when not restrained correctly. Kids do die while restrained. And, none of it is relevant at all if there's no accident in the first place. Making this into absolutes doesn't serve anyone.