Saturday, December 30, 2006

Car seat and other fustrations

On my last midwife visit I weighed Payton out of curiosity, she was just shy of 40lbs! I realized since then that her car seat is only approved for use of the harness straps until 40lbs, after that she's supposed to move up to using her seat as a booster with the seat belt straps!! She's to little for that!! She's not even 2 and a half yet! Rod and I really don't want her using seat belts yet so I've been looking around. In Canada you can only get approved harness straps up to 48lbs, which would give her until she's at least 3. But it's expensive when you don't have extra cash laying around, but is cost an issue when your child's safety is involved? Nope. And in reality at some point we will need 2 booster seats at the same time, it's just not an expense I was expecting now. Sigh. Just because my toddler is big for her age doesn't mean she shouldn't get to be safe!!

And then with all my looking around I found that my infant seat may have a recall on it, nothing to serious but another thing for me to think about/worry about. I'm going to have to get out the exact manufactors number and dates and give them a phone call to see what's going on with that.

We're still debating stroller issue's as well. Most double strollers have a per seat maximum weight of 35lbs, and we've already found Payton weighs more than than that. She's not a huge stroller fan but does tire easily and need breaks, and there is those times when I NEED her strapped in as she is 2!! So I tracked down a sit and stand stroller that would be compatible with our car seat. Then she could ride if she(or I) needed. The weight per child is higher at 45 lbs, but she's still only 5 lbs shy of that. Will we in reality use it enough to justify the expense? Or should I just resign myself to using the snuggly/sling a lot and have Payton in her umbrella stroller? Then when the baby is bigger we can get another umbrella stroller and clip them together? I just don't know. Decisions decisions....

So we have Christmas(and Christmas dinners!! yum!) the next 2 days which will be nice. Then it will be back to the same old same old for a bit! Full steam ahead in getting this place ready for baby arrival! More decisions on the way! I received a newborn diaper sample in the mail, it's SO SO SO tiny!!! I can't believe it's going to fit on this baby!!So which clothes do I need to get ready?? Blue ones or pink ones?? Guess it will be all of them just in case!!

Oh yeah, I guess we have to come with names too?? Oh my....just so much to think about!

3 comments:

Lee said...

I hear you about the carseat. We put extra $$ into brodys seat once I realized how long he could rear face, and it will turn into the next stage too. its hard to spend the extra cash on stuff like this, and too bad we didnt buy these with our firsts, to make them last longer - although I guess they would expire anyways...
Its like u just have to pour out the cash hey??

Shari da loop said...

40 lbs??? wowzers!! She doesnt look that big. V is only about 35 lbs, she is reaching that stage where she is thinning out. I think she did at one point weigh about 38 lbs.

I think our carseat is rated until 42 lbs for the harness straps. I can;t imagine just using the seat belt yet, but we do have shoulder straps in our rear seats, so its not too too bad. still... i agree with you that she is too young to be held in with just a seat belt.

Miss-buggy said...

Shari...the benefit to being in the US is that in the states they are approved for a harness up until 65lbs. But the EXACT same seat here, but just approved for Canada only would have a rating for 40-48 pounds. Go figure!! I swear sometimes our government doesn't know what they are doing!!