Oopsie!

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On our long drive to Lake Minnewaska, my mom said something about DS (5) in his carseat that I initially dismissed.  After all, she never used carseats for her kids and I think the extent of her experience driving our kids in her car was a Britax Laptop and a backless booster.  A while later, after reflecting upon it, I thought I should check something.  Of course, that check didn’t come until a lunch stop on our way back home a few days later.  Everyone else was still eating and I remembered that I wanted to check it, so I did.  Sure enough, mom was right!

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a critical error, all things considered.  Even so, it was definitely a mistake.  What did I do wrong?

No, there aren’t a lot of clues but I will add some later if no one gets it!  Sorry no giveaway this time, it’s just for fun!  Feel free to guess at will.

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Paying the Bills

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We just wanted to say thanks to our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, for renewing their sponsorship for the rest of the year!  We do greatly appreciate the support and hope our readers will consider them whenever they are shopping for carseats and baby gear.  They are also a premier sponsor on our forums at Car-Seat.Org, where Bryan from Kids-N-Cribs often participates with information on the latest products and fashions and posts deals and specials, too.

We would also like to thank all our other partners and sponsors, past and present, including our newest sponsor, Huggable Images.  They design custom safety training dolls, including age appropriate child passenger safety demonstration dolls.

Thank you again for your generous support and contributions to child passenger safety!

Airplanes, Carseats, and Kids—What You Need to Know Pt. 2

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See our updated post for new travel seat suggestions: Travel Carseats: The Ultimate Guide to What You Want to Take on A Plane

Is one seat better or easier for airplane traveling than another?  Perhaps.  It all depends on our mantra: the best carseat is the one that fits your vehicle, your child, and your budget.  We’ve obviously got 2 vehicles here: the airplane and the car.  You may think that your carseat looks too wide to use on an aircraft, but it may not be.  Remember that armrests can be lifted and often the widest part of the carseat is above the armrest on the airplane seat, so it can be done.  Some folks who travel often do buy a different carseat just for traveling because their main carseat is heavier or bulkier than the travel seat.  The travel seat can also be a backup seat for a babysitter or grandma’s car.

Airplanes, Carseats, and Kids—What You Need to Know Pt. 1

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So you’ve planned the big trip: the luggage is picked out, you know what outfits the kids will be wearing, you know what snacks everyone will be eating on the plane, but you don’t know what to do about carseats.  Traveling with kids isn’t easy.  So many things can go wrong.  But with a little planning, your trip can be a breeze and when you settle into your seat on the plane, you’ll wonder why you spent so much time obsessing and worrying about the trip in the first place.

Last May, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a Safety Alert urging parents to buy separate airplane seats for all children and to use appropriate child safety restraints for those kids.  Unfortunately, children under age 2 are permitted to ride as “lap babies” for free on planes.  Everything else on the plane—tray tables, beverage carts, coffee pots—are required to be secured during takeoff and landing and whenever the pilot has the seatbelt sign on.  However, these lap babies are only secured by their parents’ arms.  In severe turbulence, which cannot be predicted (can you see an air pocket in the sky?), unbuckled passengers and flight attendants have been thrown against the ceiling and injured, sometimes severely.  In survivable crashes or runway incidents, unbuckled children become projectiles, just like in your vehicle, but at much higher speeds.  There is a device, the Baby B’Air, that tethers a lap baby to the parent’s seatbelt, but it is not approved for takeoff or landing.  In an emergency, a parent using the Baby B’Air will be asked to put the child on the ground, wrapped in a blanket, so the parent can assume the brace position.