Great Carseat

It’s been a while since I last blogged. I have been back at work for about a month now and time is flying! My schedule is much different now then when I was on maternity leave. I miss the days of playing with Cubby, feeding her and figuring out what activities we would do for the day. Now I’m lucky if I get to spend 3 or 4 hours with her and it’s usually in the evening when both she and I are tired. I recently had a good 4 days to spend alone with her (while my husband was enjoying his trip to Spain!) and it was refreshing to spend the days with her from morning until night. We played, we danced, did puzzles, read books, climbed the stairs, pretended to talk on the phone and visited her friends. I really miss the morning routine with Cubby. There is nothing like the sweet sounds of her babbling to herself in the crib when she wakes up in the morning and the big smile you get when you go to get her out of the crib. It melts my heart. During the work week, she is not even awake when I leave for work, so my husband gets to do the morning routine.

Awww Cubby.. she is growing up so fast now and learning new things every day. She can point to her nose when you ask where her nose is, she is starting to repeat words, she can climb up stairs, she is cruising on the furniture (although she is still not walking), she can make a diamond with her fingers when you sing Twinkle Twinkle little star and say “like a diamond in the sky”, and she can blow kisses.

Ok, enough about Cubby. I wanted to discuss our great carseat, the Britax Marathon 65. We moved Cubby to it in June when she was about a year old. I was reluctant at first because it meant not being able to take her in and out of the car easily, especially when she was sleeping. However, I now love our Britax Marathon 65. Here are some pros and cons of it:

Pros                                                                                 Cons

sturdy construction                                                      expensive

can be used from 5 – 65 lbs.                                         heavy to travel with

heavy duty straps and harness

sturdy base that stays put

approved for travel on planes

great prints and colours

lots of accessories available for it

easy to install into the car

Cubby doesn’t get upset when she goes in it (she actually likes it!)

As you can see, there are many more pros than cons. I really like this carseat and since Cubby is still small, it will be used for a long time. You can read more on Britax’s website:

http://www.britax.ca/car-seats/marathon-65

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I know there is some confusion over when to change from rear facing to forward facing. This is the most recent information that I could come up with from the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario’s website:

Infants

Newborn babies and infants require special protection while in a vehicle. In a collision, using properly installed rear-facing car seats can save your child’s life.

Infant car seats should face the back of the vehicle, rest at a 45-degree angle and move no more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) where the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap is routed through the child car seat. If necessary, use a towel or a foam bar (pool noodle) under the base of the child car seat to adjust the angle. Harness straps should sit at or below a baby’s shoulders. You should not be able to fit more than one finger underneath the harness straps at the child’s collarbone. The chest clip should be flat against the chest at armpit level.

When the child outgrows the maximum height and weight of his/her infant seat, you may require a convertible rear-facing seat until your child is ready to be facing forward. The law requires using a rear-facing car seat until the baby is at least 9 kilograms (20 lb.)

The law is a minimum requirement. It’s best to keep your child rear-facing until they are at least one year old or until they have reached either the maximum height or weight limits of the rear-facing seat.

  • Birth to 9 kg (20 lb.)
  • Rear-facing seat
  • Use away from an active airbag

Toddlers

A child can start riding facing forward when he or she is at least 9 kg (20 lb.).

To prevent the car seat from moving forward and causing injury in a collision, it is important to use the tether strap exactly as the manufacturer recommends. If your vehicle does not have a tether anchor in place, contact a dealership to have one installed.

To install a forward-facing car seat, fasten the tether strap, then use your body weight to tighten and fasten the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap.

Ensure that the shoulder straps are at or above the child’s shoulders. Straps should be snug, with only one finger width between the strap and the child’s chest. Avoid using aftermarket car seat products. They can become projectiles or may have hard or sharp surfaces that can hurt the child in a collision.

  • 9 to 18 kg (20-40 lb.)
  • Forward-facing seat
  • Use with a tether strap

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/carseat/choose.shtml

The information is dated as of June 22, 2012.

Let me know if you are aware of any more recent changes!

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About newmom78

I am a mother to 2 beautiful girls with a degree in Occupational Therapy. After suffering a miscarriage of my second child at 5.5 months pregnant, I have decided to change and simplify my life. This blog is about the chronicles of my daily life with my daughters as well as the laughter and frustration that goes along with trying to be "super mom" and play numerous roles; wife, mother, daughter, employee, friend, and student.
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3 Responses to Great Carseat

  1. Amber Khan says:

    Great blog Sonia! I think though that the law in Canada has changed to 22lbs and that the child has to be walking before turning the seat forward facing (I could be wrong). I know a lot of moms with babies Zain’s age that won’t be turning their seats around until the child is 2 or older (or when they max out the weight or height restriction). Rear-facing is so much safer. Also, I’ve been learning about not putting super heavy or bulky coats on babies and toddlers in the winter because it can affect the effectiveness of the straps. I guess we’re supposed to dress them in a warm fleece and cover them with the coat or a blanket. So many things to consider!!

  2. Pingback: Recent changes to carseat legislation in Ontario | raisingmycub

  3. newmom78 says:

    Thanks so much Amber! I thought that it was something like that, but I didn’t want to post it unless I was sure.

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