Wednesday, March 03, 2010

dear abby...

you know when you read a magazine and they have the questions that "people" mail in then an expert answers them? (i put people in quotations because i often wonder if it's just the editors writing the questions) they're often questions that you'd think would need instant answers - not things you could wait around for the magazine to choose you then wait til the next month for publishing. that said, if i were to write in a question to a parenting mag, this would be it:

i bought my son a carseat as he's growing bigger. on the outside of the box, it said that the requirements are that the baby is 20lbs. and at least 27in. in length. when we opened it up and read the directions, it says that the baby must follow ALL of these requirements: 20lbs, 27in., be able to sit on own, AND be one year old. my son meets all the requirements except he is only 8 1/2 months old. can i not use this seat? it seems that age shouldn't have anything to do with it when he meets all the physical requirements.

any instant answers out there?


4 comments:

theRachel said...

Have you tried going onto the website of the company that makes the car seat and finding the answer there? Or emailing them?

janinedykstra said...

We were thinking of putting Tyson in a bigger carseat too. I know lots of ppl that have put their child in the bigger one before they are one. I think you just need to use your descretion. If you think he is ready for it then I really don't see the problem.

Matt said...

get him in there. if you get in an accident, that seat wont know hes 3 1/2 months younger.

Margaret said...

Is it forward-facing? My sister, mother of 3, says if so you should definitely wait to put him in it because his neck muscles haven't developed yet. In fact, it's best to keep them rear facing for as long as possible, even beyond 1 year of age.