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We have a week old and he is in a convertible carseat, the Alpha Omega.<br>
The seats in our van are slightly tipped so that when the seat is LATCHed in, it is tipped forward, causing the babe's head to be pitched forward. It just doesn't have the tilt-recline that it should.<br>
We have friends who have used a rolled up towel or cut pool noodles at the bend in the seat to level it a bit. Does anyone have any opinion on this or have you had any problems with this? Any help appreciated at this point.<br>
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I have also heard that a towel works well.
 

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Pool noodles are the best solution. You can use as many as 3. If you MUST use towels, you can, but they're not nearly as ideal since they will compress more in a crash. The seat should be reclined at a 30-45 degree angle, no more no less.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
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You can get pool noodles for car seats at Toys R Us. But our local sherriffs office has a car seat safety check once a month. So we waited until they had that and then we had them put the car seat in. They are trained to put the seats inand they spend a lot of time making sure it is in there correctly. You might want to call your local police station and see if they have something like that.
 

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<a href="http://www.seatcheck.org" target="_blank">www.seatcheck.org</a>
 

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I put a huge block of wood under the front of the car seat (where the feet stick out) to level it. That worked really well. Also, there should be a strap that is attached to the back of the seat that you use to pull down and clamp to the frame of the front car seat. That is a vital strap.<br><br>
It is super important to take care of this right away, because your one week old's neck is very fradgile. If you can't get it level, I would break down and but a non-convertible, especially since winter is arriving and more fender benders occur.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I put a huge block of wood under the front of the car seat (where the feet stick out) to level it. That worked really well. Also, there should be a strap that is attached to the back of the seat that you use to pull down and clamp to the frame of the front car seat. That is a vital strap.</div>
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This is a huge no-no. Never put wood underneath your car seat. The only things that are actually approved for use are pool noodles or rolled up towels. And the tether strap *cannot* be used rear-facing on the Alpha Omega. It can only be used rear-facing on Britax car seats.<br><br>
I agree that if it's possible for you to get your seat checked by a CPS tech, that would be your best bet. Where I live, 98% of car seats are installed or used incorrectly. Pretty shocking statistics considering the number of kids who are fatally injured in car accidents every year.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
Lex (cps tech)
 

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we have the same seat. I was able to go to our sherriffs dept.,they did not have an officer there at the time, but called one in that was close. He was there within 10 min. All of the officers are certified here on carseat safety and attend courses several times a year. We did not have to wait for a carseat checkpoint. He worked with us for 30 min to make sure the seat was in correctly and that we could take it out and reinstall without any problems. He provided the noodles, 3 different sizes to make the seat fit. I would never have been able to do what he did on my own. We tried towels and they did not work. The officer said to please not use towels as they compress and are not effective. My car has leather seats and the noodles keep the seat from shifting when the belt is tightened. He also showed us where to attach the tether strap. I highly recomend going to the police dept.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is a huge no-no. Never put wood underneath your car seat. The only things that are actually approved for use are pool noodles or rolled up towels. And the tether strap *cannot* be used rear-facing on the Alpha Omega. It can only be used rear-facing on Britax car seats.<br><br>
I agree that if it's possible for you to get your seat checked by a CPS tech, that would be your best bet. Where I live, 98% of car seats are installed or used incorrectly. Pretty shocking statistics considering the number of kids who are fatally injured in car accidents every year.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
Lex (cps tech)</div>
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yeah, I wouldn't have used wood either and I already knew about not using the tether rear facing. I am off to the FD today to have them re-install it for me. They said come up anytime after 9am (or before if I had to use it..) Eerybody that I have talked to who has used the FD has gotton a pool noodle installed if they needed leveling. I thought that sounded weird at first but now I am looking forward to getting it fixed. We will not be moving this carseat from that vehicle so once it's in, it'll be good for a while.<br><br>
Thanks for all the advice, esp Lex, your professional experience.
 

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Well, maybe since I grew up in the woods, I certainly don't have fear of a block of wood. For one thing, my enitire house is made of wood and it seems to hold up quite well. I am far more confident that it will hold better than some foamy plastic. I suppose the concern could be that it would fly out, but it is so clamped in there that it wouldn't. Every car is different though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, maybe since I grew up in the woods, I certainly don't have fear of a block of wood. For one thing, my enitire house is made of wood and it seems to hold up quite well. I am far more confident that it will hold than some foamy plastic.</div>
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Yeah, except for some reason if something were to happen and it would come loose, I'd rather be smacked in the head w/ a pool noodle instead of a block of wood!
 

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Yea, that is a good point. pool noodle hitting head vs. block of wood. In my car though, a pool noodle wouldn't be thick enough. This block of wood is about 6 inches thick. It is also held in place by the seat-belt, so the only way it would come loose is if the whole baby set came loose and well, then it would be up to God to see how that turned out.
 

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The wood will not compress the way the seat of the car and the pool noodle do. This means the seat will not move in the same way that it did in the safety tests. The carseats are designed to be on top of materials that give and compress. Please get that seat installed by an expert for your baby's sake.
 

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just an update:<br><br>
Went to the fire deptment and had a specialist put it in. She used a pool noodle and leveled it completely. She also refitted my 31 month old DDs carseat.<br><br>
The funniest thing happened at the station though, I was changing my DS and I didn't notice that he was peeing and it went all over my van! My DDs shirt was soaking wet! The carseat specialist was pregnant with a boy also and I did get to put some plugs in for bfding, homebirth, not circing and cloth diapers though....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Just wanted to let you all know how it turned out.<br>
Thanks again for all the advice, I was really worried about my son's safety.
 

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I'm glad you got it fixed. I'm also glad I'm not the only crazy checking carseats when I was pg. I did my last check at 38wks, exactly a week before Ilana came. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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