Friday, August 31, 2007

More proof


Lindsay takes a nap in the car. It's 90 degrees outside with 95% humidity, yet she insists on the blanket. Before she fell asleep, she gave a look that just said Whatever happened to those naps I used to have in my crib? I hate this, Mama.

Oh, and notice my front-facing seat? Illegal in New Jersey for the under 20 pound set...

ETA: I surely deserve 2 WMPs on this entry if just for the Mommy Driveby in the comments...

9 comments:

Farrago_NW said...

K-Fed's gonna get custody for sure now.

VDog said...

This makes me REALLY uncomfortable. How hard is it to install your seat correctly?

From MSNBC: What we know is that children aren’t just pint-sized adults. Their anatomy differs significantly from an adult’s and puts them more at risk for certain serious injuries.

“The biomechanics of their necks facilitate the birth process — there’s a lot of flexibility in a child’s neck compared to an adult’s,” says Arbogast. “The youngest kids have a neck or cervical spine that doesn’t have the strength to withstand the forces they’d experience in many crashes.”

When a child is placed in a rear-facing seat there is less chance of trauma to the highly vulnerable neck and head areas during the most common crashes.

“I think there’s a notion out there that kids are somehow happier when they go forward-facing,” says Klinich. “But we haven’t found this to be true. Besides, safety shouldn’t be a choice. If your child cried and screamed because you wouldn’t let him play in middle of road, you still wouldn’t let him play in a the middle of the road.”

On graduating from infant to convertible, booster, etc.: “Remember, graduation to the next level isn’t progress. It’s a decrease in safety.”

This article can be found here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868/

Also, you can find a technician to re-install your seat correctly here: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/hts/childseats/childtechnicians.html

They'll do it for free, and you can even come back and have them install it forward facing later.

I'm just concerned about Lindsay's well-being! I've also gotten on some of our good friends, Crackers #6&7 about their install, too, so nothing personal. ;)

VDog said...

That link is /childtechnicians.html

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My neighbors that I don't know very well also have their 9mo daughter forward facing, and I REAAAALLY want to tell them that it's not safe...oy.

karen said...

OMG! You're getting parenting advice from a newbie-mom with only one, still toothless baby! Obviously, she still has time to read all the books (and thinks that information will suffice). I'll bet you a beer she hasn't yet allowed her little one to play with a toy that's been on the (GASP) floor. Just wait until he licks his first sink at Grand Central Station!

I'll give you two for this post if you'll give me one for not riding in a booster of my own. We passed a billboard in PA today that gave the current minimum height for riding in the car without one and I only qualify because the guy at the DMV thought I was cute and gave me an extra inch on my license height.

Epiphany Alone said...

Wow. If you need to be in a booster, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to get my license at all...

My license actually lists my height 2 inches taller than it is. I didn't notice it when they asked me to "carefully check for errors" and when they had laminated it, I saw it and there was no way I was going to wait another 90 minutes to redo the process.

Joy, of course said...

Oh you totally get two points for this post now. :)

VDog said...

Well I'm glad I got you bitches talking! Bwahahaha.

If you hadn't noticed, I'm an ex-Nanny, so I've got lots of experience with the little buggers. And I DO let my son have floor toys. And he DOES have a tooth now.
There's a HUGE difference between floor toys and possible grave bodily injury due to incorrect use of the child safety seat. It's just something I don't think I'll EVER compromise on.

But what do I know? I'm a newbie.

And I get that this is a funny-haha, satirical site. But come on....

I bet YOUR seats are installed correctly, Karen. (I'm a Sagittarius, too, Karen, I call 'em like I see 'em.) Oh, and you owe Epiphany a beer. And I don't have time for books, only blogs. Heh.

Definitely agree on the Worst Mama Points for this one.

Cheers!

Kicking N. Screaming said...

Actually the research on carseats has shown repeatedly that really the only thing making our little darlings safe at all is having them ride in the back seat instead of up front. There's an interesting bit regarding that in Freakonomics, with bibliography - I don't have time for end notes. The concern is very nice, though. I've had a few car rides recently that have made me wonder if the roof might not be a bad spot for the kids...

sister k said...

i think epiphany not only get 2 pts. but should get an extra pt. for stirring up such controversey. i think this is a first ;)