The “Bottom Flooring Compartments” problem…

Some of the content of this post is taken with permission from http://addictedtobabystuff.com 

I have thrown up a reblog of the whole post (found here), but I thought since it’s such a long post, I’ll just post the actual email in a separate post. 🙂

The email is from Robert Bell who is considered an expert in this field. Robert Bell was CEO at Britax Nordiska throughout the 90s. Today he own Sakta (Sakerhetsbutikken) where he sells car seats and other safety equipment. He trains staff in car seat safety, is a member of the SIS-committee, and is involved in the development of car seats, so works closely together with the manufacturers.

Here is he’s email answering our question to the everlasting debate: IS it safe to use a filler in a bottom floor compartment, or if long enough, extend the foot-prop leg of the car seat all the way down to the bottom?
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Thursday – Online Retailer Recommendation!

I’ve decided to start a weekly recommendation of retailers!

Every Thursday I will make a post on a retailer I have either just found and want to recommend, or it can be an old one I already have on my list. 🙂
I’ll be pondering about a name for this tradition as well, feel free to post a comment with a name you think would be awesome for this tradition! Something like…. “Awesome Thursday” as an example. Anything you can think of that you think would have a nice ring to it. 🙂 It would need to have Thursday in it, that’s all I have as a rule. :)You can either e-mail me your best names or you can post it in the comment section below.

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The Sun KILLS!

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Summer has reached us for full force all around parts of the world, and in this time of sunshine and happiness tragic things occur. Every year there is sadly at least one incident in the media of a parent leaving their child in the car.
Luckily this doesn’t always end in tragedy, but far too often it does.

In the US so far this year, 15 children have died as a result of heat stroke from being left in the car.

*So far in 2013 there have been at least fifteen deaths of children unattended in vehicles; seven which has been confirmed as heatstroke and eight which, based upon the known circumstances, are most likely heatstroke (2013 list).  Last year there were at least thirty-two deaths of children (see 2012 list) due to hyperthermia (heatstroke) after being left in or having gained access to hot cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s.  Since 1998 there have been at least 575 documented cases of heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.  This study shows that these incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly.* – http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

  • Circumstances
    • An examination of media reports about the 559 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for an thirteen year period (1998 through 2012) shows the following circumstances:
      • 52% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (288 Children)
      • 29% – child playing in unattended vehicle (163)
      • 18% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult  (100)
      • 2% – circumstances unknown (9)
  • Ages
    Children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2012) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years.  More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age.  Below are the percentage of total deaths (and the number of deaths) sorted by age.
    • Less than 1 year old = 31% (171)
    • 1-year old = 22% (122)
    • 2-years old = 20% (109)
    • 3-years old = 14% (78)
    • 4-years old = 6% (33)
    • 5-years old = 3% (17)
    • 6-years old = 2% (9)
    • 7-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 8-years old = 1% (3)
    • 9-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 10-years old = 1% (3)
    • 11-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 12-years old = < 1% (1)
    • 13-years old = < 1% (1)
    •  14-years old = < 1% (2)
    • Unknown = < 1% (2)

– Info grabbed from http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

The European Safety Alliance writes this on their info fact sheet:

Did you know that:
• During warm weather, car temperatures can rise 10 to 15
degrees Celsius every 15 minutes! Opening windows does not significantly slow down
the rate of temperature change.1
• A child’s body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s due to lower water
reserves. 2
• Hyperthermia can occur in as little as 20 minutes, and fatalities within 2 hours.
Hyperthermia can occur on days as cool as just 22 degrees Celsius, when the inside of
a car can easily reach 47 degrees Celsius.3
• Most of the victims of hyperthermia incidents in cars are between 0 – 4 years of age.1

They also have some good presentational tips for  you:

Prevention Tips
• Dial 112 immediately if you see a child or children alone in a car.
• Place your personal items (purse, telephone, briefcase) on the floor of the backseat. That
way you are more likely to remember that the child is with you when you exit the car.
• Place the child’s personal items (diaper bag, bottle) in the front seat as a reminder to you.• Add a “reminder” to your computer calendar programme or telephone to ask if you dropped
your child/children off at day care/pre-school today.
• Whenever there is a change in drop off and pick up arrangements, confirm the plans with
your partner.
• Arrange that your day care provider or babysitter will call you if the child is not dropped off
when expected.
• Lock your car doors and trunk once everybody has exited the vehicle. Keep keys out of
reach of children.

Full fact sheet found <<HERE>>

All in all the most important thing we can do is make sure to always check the back seat before leaving the vehicle!
When I’m at a parking lot I always scan the cars around me just to make sure.
Just so far this year in Norway, there has been no less then two cases in the media of a small infant left alone in the car. Luckily for both they were discovered,saved and are today live and well. Both cases was where a parent left the child knowingly “for for a bit” to do the grocery shopping, or in the other case it was to go have lunch…sigh…
In both cases a person broke into the car to get the child out, as is the right thing to do in my honest opinion, if I saw a child in a car all alone on a hot day (doesn’t have to be sunny!) in obvious distress I don’t think I would think twice about breaking in to save the child! You can also ring the police before you break in and request permission, which is then given, this takes care of any problems that could occur with insurance.
That said, I would still break in if the child seamed to be ‘sleeping’.

So please! Check the back seat before you exit and PLEASE don’t EVER leave a child (or dog for that matter) in the car alone in these summery months!!

Useful links of info:

http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke
http://childcare.about.com/od/caregonewrong/a/leftincar.htm
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm
http://www.childsafetyeurope.org

Joie Stages – A Toddler’s Point of View!

So recently I decided to switch the little ones around, putting Henry (9 mo) in the ‘BeSafe’ and Caitlyn Anabelle (29 mo) in the ‘Joie’, and see how that would work out. 🙂

I wanted to see how much room she would have, just to give me a clue really, I’ve seen a lot of questions about having a toddler in the ‘Joie’ so I thought it was about time I could show you how it looks in our Citroen C5.

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 As you can see, she fits really well. 😀
Legs all over the place dangling off or on, she couldn’t make up her mind on where to have them. haha
Personally I think she likes the angle of the seat. It seams to be more reclined and far deeper then the ‘BeSafe’.

I previously posted Henry in the ‘Joie’, so you can see a comparison.

All in all I think it works very well!

//Q: Do you have any pictures of your toddler in the ‘Joie’? 🙂

Room with a view…

A lot of people ask me if I’m not afraid that I wont see my rear facing children. 🙂
They also ask me about the legs, wont there be a leg issue? A room issue? What if we crash and their legs are “like that”, wont that damage them? – and so forth. A lot of questions and concerns.
Understandably so if you have never really had any experience with extended rear facing, or haven’t really had the pleasure of seeing it in action. 😀

Let me show you what I see my friends. 😀

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And as for the legs, well.. there’s plenty of room for them too. 🙂
You see, ERF seats are made to accommodate sitting with your back rear facing, so they are generally built to give you better leg room then you would have if you just took a forward facing seat and turned it around. Something a lot of people tend to think is what an ERF seat is. hehe 🙂

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I hope this has shown you that it is in fact not a problem to rear face. 🙂

If  you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!  🙂

Joie Stages – A closer look

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Henry is very comfy in the Joie Stages. It rear faces to 18KG and can then be used forward facing as a HBB (high back booster) to 25KG. (more info on this car seat can be found –> HERE!)

As you can see he has tons of room. The headrest is adjustable with ease. You just lift a little “handle” in thee back off it to move it up and down. The harness placement is adjusted by the headrest as well, so no need to fumble with it in the back. 😀

The seat also has these little pockets on each side to put stuff in. Like wipes, a nappy, a snack and so forth. 🙂
That can come in great handy.

I will show a picture walk through of the instalment tomorrow! 🙂

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“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. 🙂

For Facebook users in –
America:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CarSeatsForTheLittles/

For Europe:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/394663900632207/

https://www.facebook.com/RearFacingTheWayForward?fref=ts

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