Does anyone know about this? I tried searching more specific info out on the internet but everything just says the straps should be "snug." I guess there can easily be different interpretations of two finger widths, but I always thought the snugger the better (not so tight they can't breathe, of course, but you know what I mean). Should there really be more slack than I am leaving? Would appreciate any info on this.
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I think most straps are supposed to be rather tight. I think two fingers is a bit generous depending on how you are positioning your fingers. I think the big things the they should be tight enough that they would not move in an accident.
I think maybe that was what motivated me to call them in the first place - I had heard that and my son hit 20 lbs. before the year and I wanted to ask about car seats that rear-faced for bigger babies under one. So, I was surprised as I looked at their site earlier today that they did not make it stand out. She was even telling me about a European country (can't remember where right now) where they keep their kids rear-facing for a really long time. Like, way over a year...
or you could call the manufacturer (Mispelled?)
also, you can take it to "Dodge" if you are in the United States. Dodge dealers have car seat "specialists" that will install for you or answer questions.
(Edited to remove quote. This quote can be found at www.carseat.org - click on F.A.Q.s and scroll down to "When can I turn my baby around to face forward in the car?" At the end of that section you can also click on the link "rear facing vs. forward facing" for more information about the reasoning behind rear facing past the age of one. I edited to remove the loooooong quotes b/c of possible copyright issues.)
I'll be interested to see what kind of feedback you get from them, queen. I wonder if they are still emphasizing keeping the child rear-facing as long as possible, but moving away from the weight issue entirely?
(If my quote from that site was too long it can be deleted...) Edit: Just did!
I hope I din't come across rude. I only had a few minutes to look at thier website and of course since my son is under 20lbs, but over one I would notice something like not stating both. I think what you quoted was very interesting and should be talked about more frequently. That just b/c a child is one year and 20lbs doesn't neccessarily mean that forward facing is the best or safest and that maybe the guidelines should be more like rear-facing as long as possible even after meeting the 1yr and 20lb mark. But I guess that that would be harder to remember, and might not be as clear as the current guidlines.
About the straps.....ask your friend to turn the baby upside down in the car seat (strapped in, of course!) and see how comfortable she would be doing that. That should create a mental picture in her mind what would happen to her sweet baby should she ever get into a crash...that is why having the straps tight (but still comfortable) is so important. I would feel perfectly comfortable turning my baby upside down in her car seat, I know she's in there good and tight. And I do find that I have to readjust the tightness every time I put her in the car...sometimes I have to loosen it, sometimes I have to tighten it. And the two finger widths doesn't mean two finger heights (as in vertical finger widths) it means can you slide two fingers under the strap horizontally (next to eachother). That's so hard to describe!!
I have not yet been to a car safety check........but I need to!! We have three car seats crammed in the back of our sudan type car...my dh is really good about kneeling on them hard to get them in there tight so they won't budge, but I am still a bit worried. I need to get them checked!
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BTW, my little one is still rear-facing at 18 months. Some people, like my mom, have given me a hard time about that. It's true that it would probably be more interesting for her if she faced forward, but her safety is more important than how interested she is while riding in the car. I'm also one of those "freaks" who always snugly buckles the stroller, high chair, shopping cart, etc! DD used to fight it sometimes, but she eventually got used to it and now it's rarely a struggle.
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