A.S. asks from Raleigh, NC on October 30, 2006
I Need Help Finding a Carseat
I bought a Graco Comfort Sport carseat over the weekend and when I put my 21 lb daughter in it at the store, she fit well in it. In the car however, it seems like it sits up too much for her and now she tips over and seems like she's sitting up too much. I did my research and read the user reviews of all the carseats I was interested in and this had the best reviews. I drive an '89 New Yorker. Please help!
So What Happened?™
Thank you all so much for all the great advice-We ended up putting a towel underneath the base of the seat and actually reclining the seat. (we thought we had, but discovered we hadn't). This morning, there was no tipping over and Ava had a blast in her new seat!
N.M. answers from Spartanburg on June 21, 2008
We love the Eddie Bauer car seat. Then forward facing it has 2 wsetting a straigh tup setting and a slightly tilted back position.
A.W. answers from Huntsville on October 30, 2006
Is there not something on the bottom to adjust whether it sits up high or low? Mine has that. I have done forgot what kind it is. I know its a Graco. But theirs is also a toddler seat with no straps in the front you just use the seat belt, so I'm not sure. Their first toddler seat that had straps had this thing on the bottom to adjust. It took me forever to find it but you flip if forward and the seat would lean back a little and you flip it back and the seat would sit upright. I'm not sure but you can see if it has that on the bottom. She might just have to grow into it is all.
A.C. answers from Greensboro on October 30, 2006
No one installs their car seats correctly. Don't feel bad or guilty. Just call these numbers and you can set up an appointment with them and they will show you the correct way to do it. I've gone three times: When my daughter was rear-facing, when she was forward facing, when she was in a booster seat. It's free
SEATCHECK.Org (Toll Free 1-866-SEATCHECK)
NHTSA Technician Locator (Toll Free 1-888-DASH2DOT)
D.A. answers from Charleston on October 31, 2006
We love the Britex Marathon, I heard the Roundabout is geat too although the Marathon reclines for rear facing. It is expensive but well worth it in the end and the weight capacity is pretty high so she will be in it for awhile. Good luck. Check out babystyle.com, sometimes they have sales.
S.P. answers from Raleigh on June 05, 2008
Saftey First car seats and strollers have a very high saftey rating. They also seem to be lighter than others which makes them easier to carry.
S.F. answers from Charlotte on October 30, 2006
M.B. answers from Tuscaloosa on October 30, 2006
Hey since you have the seat already, I call my local fire department and ask which office has a car seat inspector. Most fire departments have a person that is certified in car seat and seatbelt safty. They could help you install the seat properly and let you know if you need a different seat for your vehicle.
K.R. answers from Raleigh on October 30, 2006
Hi. If your daughter is 10 months old then make sure she is rear facing. They have to be a year old before they get turned around. Really though- the longer you keep them rear facing, the safer they are. If you bought a convertible seat (one that can be rear and forward facing) then you should be able to recline it. Rear facing seats need to be at a 45 degree angle (forward facing at a 90 degree angle). If it does not have a recline you can buy a swim noodle, cut it to fit in your car, and put it under the seat. That will put it at the correct angle. Also, there should be something to show you if it is at the correct angle on the seat.
Your best bet would be to call around your local Fire stations or baby store and find one with a car seat tech. Have them install it for you and show you how. Good luck!
V.B. answers from Jackson on October 31, 2006
I has a similar problem with my daughter's 2nd car seat. I had to buy a car seat wedge to help tilt the seat back so she wasn't leaning forward. I bought mine and Babies-r-us. I think it was under $20 and made all the difference in the world.