“How long does a 0+ car seat last?”

This is Henry in he’s Graco Junior.

He’s 8,5 months old at the picture, he’s in a cloth nappy which does take up a bit more space then a disposable so keep that in mind.
He’s a 98th percentile child of 76 CM (30inch) long and 10.5 KG. (approx. 21lb) He has a longish torso though of 32,5CM (13inch).

Henry still has room in this seat for a little while yet. 🙂

Remember that for every upgrade in car seat, the less safe the child becomes. Don’t be afraid to actually use the babyseat to the MAX, even if your friends are buying new ones. 🙂 This is what is recommended.

PS:
We are European, so for my american friends visiting this blog, american standars are at times different, please look in your car seat manual, it will most likely tell you when your child is outgrown the seat. 🙂

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I can’t make up my mind!

First off I want to say that I’m trying to get more readers by testing out this “Linky Tools” thing.

Apparently it’s a bloghop thing that helps you get more readers. This blog is so new and it takes time, but I would really appreciated the help! So if you like my blog (it’s not even done yet! haha) so far, please do follow me on twitter and facebook, maybe even subscribe to me if you are a wordpresser your self! I’m new to this platform, so things are moving slowly. 🙂

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Now that we have that covered let’s move on! 🙂 I can’t for the life of me make up my mind!
Henry is currently in a Britax First Class Plus. It’s a very good fit, I like the seat, but it’s RF to 13kg only seat, so I’ve been thinking about getting him a new one at some point, when he grows out of it obviously. He’s still got lots of room left, but I just like to have things ready, I’m good like that. hehe

I’m so torn between the “Joie” and the TWE. If I go for the Joie, it has a max RF limit of 18kg, the TWE has a max RF limit of 25kg, it’s also the tallest seat on the market, meaning it will last. Now the Joie is also tall, but gaaah…I don’t know what to do! I still have a few months on me at least before I would have to decide since Henry is in a seat that is Group 0+/1, meaning it’s the same build as a group 1 seat. That means SPACE! hehe He’s currently approx. 10,5kg, and the seat’s not going to be outgrown RF until he’s 13kg and that could take ages. My 2,5 year old just hit 13kg and a bit. :p
But the BFCP is not an extended rear facing car seat, making it smaller RF then an actual RF car seat. I think I need some help from you guys!

//Q: What RF car seat would you recommend me? What RF car seat has your fancy?

Let me know in the comment section!

Carsickness – NOT a reason to Forward Face!

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Carsick…most of us has been there, and at some point most parents will have a child who suffers from it. Maybe not on a regular basis, but sometimes it happens.

So what do you do about it?
Too often I hear (or read..) that a parent chose to turn their child around FF (forward facing) too soon, because they claim carsickness, and it is then the parent’s belief that FF will cure the problem. You’ll even come across the claim that FF did cure the problem and the child is no longer carsick. The fact that the child is no longer carsick is of course a positive thing, no one likes to be ill, it’s neither fun or enjoyable, but FF is simply not the reason why the child is now “cured”.

– The FACTS:

80% OF ALL PEOPLE
WILL SUFFER FROM MOTION SICKNESS
AT 
ONE TIME OR ANOTHER
(http://www.motionsickness.org.za)

It is also a known fact (or maybe less known, but it’s still there) that women are more prone to travel sickness then men (especially during our cycle)  and children between 3 and 12 years of age are disproportionally prone to motion sickness.  But motion sickness is rare in children under 2 years! 😀

– The Cause?

Motion sickness is a conflict between your senses.  The brain relies on messages from your inner ear, muscles, and eyes to tell it how your body is moving. When any of these systems send different messages, you can get queasy.

This is often prone to happen if you ;

  • Read in the car – your inner ear knows you’re moving, but your muscles think that you are sitting still and your eyes don’t see anything moving because they’re looking at the page. Ergo – conflicting messages.
  • Think about being car sick – believe it or not, you can actually create it by worrying about it! Pretty cool…in an..not so cool way.
  • Ate a big meal before travelling, if the air is stuffy or filled with fumes. Oh and looking at a meal is going to make it worse, so I would advice not to.
  • Travel by boat. “Sea sickness” happens to pretty much all of us. It’s estimated that 100% of travellers experience it. Well, at least until you get used to the motion!

–  Signs and Symptoms:

The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include:

  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Cold sweats
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased salivation
  • Fatigue

So what’s the CURE?

Believe it or not, doing more of the thing that made you car sick is going to help. Let me explain:
-You get carsick because you read in a book, or you read the map. Ergo, the more you read in the car/bus/train/plane, the less and less sick you will become, until your body has adapted. 😀

If travel sickness occurs, keeping the window open might help. Stopping the car and getting out for some fresh air is also helpful. If you are the driver and passenger(s) is feeling queasy  you should try and go easy on the turns in the road as that motion is not helping. Also putting on the Air-con or open windows.
For small children who are prone to travel sickness I would recommend “Sea bands”. You can get this at your local Boots or any other pharmacy  I used them for many many months every time I went into a car, even outside the car, while I was pregnant with my daughter. I was especially car sick then and had great help from those Sea Bands. 🙂
There is ofc always medication that can be taken to prevent travel sickness, but I’m not that sort of person who uses that, but if you ask your local pharmacist they would be able to help you there. 🙂

As a closing point, lets not forget that pretty much all children at one point or another will go through a phase where they do not want to go in the car. Not want to buckle in and so forth.
The important thing is: Never let your child dictate in car safety that would put them at risk! 🙂

Sources:  Motion sickness http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/motion-sickness-000110.htm#ixzz2UGCd1SRj
University of Maryland Medical Center
http://www.motionsickness.org.za/motion_sickness_003.htm
http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/channel_condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=183&channel_id=9&relation_id=10860

The ‘Joie Stages’ now @ Babies R Us

The most magnificent thing has happened – it’s almost boarding on a miracle, there is now a highly affordable Extended Rear-facing Car seat on the market!
And it’s at Babies R Us of all places!! 😀

It’s the Joie Stages.

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Showing all the stages. 🙂
Photo by: https://www.facebook.com/RearFacingTheWayForward

It has a rear-facing limit of 18kg (40lb), and a forward facing limit of 25kg (55lb). 
Basically a very good seat for an affordable prize.
Until now, I’ve been reluctant to write about the Joie, simply because there was a lot of questions regarding the RF limit. You see the first stock of Joie was labled as RF 0+, which is 13kg, the same limit as any infant carrier, and then forward facing until 25kg.
This turned out to be, well..not entierly wrong, but neither right, because the seat itself had been tested and approved for rear-facing to 18kg.

I’ll let Margaret at Rearfacingtoddlers.com explain it better then I can;

The install is the same, because the whole seat is the same, nothing has changed. It always passed RF up to 18kg, but because that was never an official classification, they put 13kg on it, like the First Class Plus for example. Now that ERF is becoming more well known, they are now allowed to sell it as RF up to 18kg.

So there you have it! Be sure to make your way to the nearest Babies R Us and have a try! It doesn’t hurt to tell you that it comes in many different colours as well, for those that like that sort of thing. 😉
Just make sure you ask for the new stock in the white box, clearly labelled as rear facing to 18 kg! 🙂 

As you can see, white box and clearly labled! :)

As you can see, white box and clearly labled! 🙂
Photos by: https://www.facebook.com/RearFacingTheWayForward

//Q: Was this info helpful to you? 🙂

Rearfacing Toddlers!

Rearfacing Toddlers!

This is from today. CA (the girl) is in a BeSafe x3 IZI Combi ISOFIX, and H is in a Britax First Class Plus. 🙂
He will soon be moving on to the Britax Two Way Elite as the Britax FCP has a rear-facing limit of 13kg, and he’s almost 11kg at 8 months. 🙂

//Q: What rearfacing car seat do you use? Would you recommend it to others?