Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: The Great Lakes State
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I've always decided what seats my children had in our parents cars, and I've been the one to install them. This policy didn't start until the day I discovered MIL drove DD to her friends house ****WITH OUT A CAR SEAT AT ALL**** at 18 months. Why? Because it was cold, and just in the neighborhood. I told her that day that I would get them a seat and install it, period. And that if DD ever rode without a seat with them again, she wouldn't be going there with out us. Period. MIL just didn't see the risk. We've since learned that they also simply can't install car seats for crap. No matter how many times I've taught them how. We have mutually agreed that DH or I does the installs.
Now, all of that said, I did let DD ride in a booster in their car sooner. Why? Honestly, it's easier. FIL has a rotator cuff injury and until this fall, he usually only took DD out by himself. He was having trouble with the 5 point, and when DD outgrew it by weight (at 4 and 40lbs) I moved her to a high back booster as her back up seat. DD sits very well, and is fine in a booster. I still keep her harnessed in my car, or for long rides, but she now uses a booster in other peoples cars. We worked a lot on proper booster use, and she is safer in the correctly used booster than in an incorrectly use harnessed seat.