Baby's head flopping forward?

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Baby's head flopping forward?
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 1:47pm

My baby is 8 months old. I just switched him from the Graco Snugride to the Graco Comfort Sport. I can afford more in a carseat, but do not like bulkier as I have 5 children in 1 minivan and hope for another.

The seat sits up enough that the baby cries the entire time. It is install correctly, I even had them do it at the fire station. But I am so frustrated. He cries the entire time he is in the seat. Then he falls asleep with his head flopped all the way forward. It is not even flopped to the side.

Is this how it is supposed to be? It seems to be at the most recline allowable for the seat. Yet, it seems to be at a 100 degree angle from the ground basically.

What do you think? Should I pick a different seat? Or is this how it would be with any seat?

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Registered: 05-24-1999
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 8:20pm

You baby is Rear Facing right? It sounds like the car seat is too upright. Have you checked the manual to see what angle degree it suggests for a RF installation? You mentioned 100 degrees, if you are comparing it to the vehicle seat and 90 degrees is sitting upright, then 100 degrees doesn't sound like enough recline for an infant. Most RF installations for a child under 1 yr of age is about 45 degrees from vehicle seat.

Check out the Important Links & Info at the top of this board the first link is "Are you using it Right?" That might be helpful. You may want to read the info under the Rear Face Recommendations also at the top of the board. The latest recommendation is to have a child rear face as long as possible, at least until age 2.

Cathie mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs & Libby 2 yrs
Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Registered: 06-07-2006
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 8:32pm

The baby’s head should not be slumping forward (although it is okay to slump off to the side.) I’m not quite sure what you mean by the seat is at a 100 degree angle from the ground.



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Registered: 10-13-2006
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 10:07pm

I don't know if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, but there is a great carpenter's app that you can actually use to measure the angle of the seat. It should be at between 30-45 degrees, and probably closer to 45 if he's slumping.

A simple way to test 45 degrees:
Take a piece of paper and cut it into a square.
Fold it in half corner-to-corner so that you have a triangle.
Put one of the short sides against the back of the seat (inside where the baby sits).
The folded side should be parallel to the ground. You can put a bubble level there to see if it is level.