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Car Seat Installation
Friday, February 16, 2007
I never finished telling the story about the car seats, so here it is....

If you want a refresher on my whole "car seat analysis post" take a look here.

Basically we went with the very expensive Britax models. I can afford it, but it's still a lot of money and being financially conservative (read: Cheap) I thought that two of them were a waste of money and we could just get by with one (moving it from car to car as needed).

If you have not yet bought your car seats and are thinking like I was that you can save some money buying just one...


Let me tell you getting the car seat into that darn LATCH system thing is a royal pain in the butt. I even did it a couple of different times and although my speed did improve, it still took a good 15 minutes to make sure everything was correctly installed.

Now you all know I'm totally into saving money. BUT, the headaches involved with correctly attaching the car seats via the LATCH system (which is suppose to be the safest) far outweigh any monetary savings.

(Edit by Stefanie): Here just to add some clarification on using LATCH. LATCH isn't actually safer than a correct seatbelt installation; however, it is much easier to get that correct installation with LATCH rather than the seatbelt. As another but, LATCH is only approved to use with children of a certain weight and your car seat may be able to handle a child larger than the LATCH system allows - always check your owners manuals both for your seat and your car. In that case, be sure to use the seatbelt installation.

It's also a good idea to have your car seat inspected to make sure that it is installed correctly. Just contact your local police department.

Okay, I'm done now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
posted by Steveg @ 2:04 PM  
  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    Considering how long the child will likely be using the car seat (up to 8 years old) and how much safer it is to properly install the car seat and then leave it there instead of constantly moving it between cars, I also believe it is far better to buy two seats for two cars.

    The cost works out to a couple of pennies (or less) a day. That's actually really cheap for both convenience AND peace of mind.

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