Do you leave the infant seat in the car?

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Do you leave the infant seat in the car?
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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 12:35pm

Here's a link to a story on MSNBC about the high

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Mon, 07-12-2010 - 11:45am

So far we havent left it in the car for the most part. He often falls asleep in the car so I would rather leave him in it, then jostle him around to get him in a sling. Now that he's getting older, I'll probably start taking him out of it more when we are running errands (though I havent taken him out to the stores yet, DH has always had him at home when I go shopping...its my break for a bit to be alone). He is ALWAYS strapped in and never on an elevated surface. We also dont leave it in the car overnight, so its always in the house.

Hello common sense! Like using any baby gear, common sense and knowing how to use the gear properly is what really matters

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Mon, 07-12-2010 - 1:43am
Yeah, I think it flashes through my mind almost every time I do up Elena's chest clip, and I read the story probably at least a year ago! Ugh. The poor mom. I mean, anyone could do something like that! It's just a


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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 11:29pm
Kelly that is an awful story!! I haven't seen the stories on the carseat board and I think that story will give me enough nightmares for now, ugh, how horrible. (Good to know, though!!)
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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 12:49am
*sigh*. Some people just shouldn't be allowed to reproduce. And sadly, this sort of thing is actually fairly common.


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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 12:46am

Ha, I think Julie said it best: "Why do they have to come out with these reports that make you feel bad for doing what they say NOT to do?" I think it's like everything else - just let common sense prevail. However, sadly a lot of people in this world don't seem to have much of that.


Whenever Elena was in her infant seat, she was strapped in. And I never placed the seat on an elevated surface and walked away. My BF thought I was nuts for strapping her in all the time - even when she was in the stroller for cripesakes - but I didn't care. I once read that the most common accidents with babies happen because you aren't ready for their next stage of development. IOW, you never know when they will suddenly learn how to wiggle out.


And besides that, they could just slide out under their own weight. Someone on my EC once posted a horror story about someone she knew (or at least knew of) having left their newborn baby sleeping in



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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 11:30am
Evan hated his infant seat too! He did fall asleep in it from time to time, but always woke up within 10 minutes of the car stopping, so it was never worth it to bring the seat in aside from keeping it from getting too hot. I always just wore him when we were shopping and, depending on how much we were buying, threw the seat in the cart or put it in the trunk. We're in Las Vegas and most parking lots don't have much shade because most places have been built relatively recently and the trees aren't big enough yet. My car gets so hot -over 120 degrees easy- and the trunk doesn't get quite that bad, so that was our best option.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 4:40am
OMG that's awful. People's stupidity just gets my back up so much, especially when they're endangering others :-/ My youngest BIL is the same, he never used to use the seat belt as he said it was safer without. WTF? I think he only started using it once he'd got a girlfriend and she told him to. But I think there's no excuse for a mother not to strap her baby in!!

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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 1:15pm

I used to work at this daycare and there was this one Mom who, often enough, wouldn't even strap the baby in IN the car. :-O

The daycare owner talked to her (sensitively) about it a few times, but it was one of those things where the Mom just couldn't see that it was that big of a deal. Some people are crazy, man.

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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 10:00am

With DS we did take out the infant seat when he was asleep in it and we needed to go shopping. We would put it in the main part of the cart, since I had heard horror stories about the danger of putting on the top of the cart, plus it didn't fit there well anyways. I think I used his travel system and put the car seat in the stroller once, and that was on a walk when he was 4 weeks old, actually that was the only time I used that stroller at all until I gave it to my Mom. We didn't take it out of the car often, but it did happen a couple times a week.

With DD we never took the infant seat out of the car. To be fair we moved her to a convertible when she was 4 weeks old, because she hated the infant seat. It stayed in the car for the few weeks we used it with her though. When we have a third we are just going to start out with them in a convertible and not even use the infant seat.












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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 4:17am
I purposely got a car seat that is good from the newborn phase to about 4 years so that I wouldn't have to ever take it out of the car. Teddy doesn't like those bucket seats anyway so unless I wanted to listen to him cry there wouldn't be much point to taking him in it anywhere. He is also just way too heavy. I wear him when we do things like grocery shopping.
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