Saturday, January 14, 2006

Car Seats and Carrots


Teething Carrot
Originally uploaded by bendblock.
In search of Eleanor’s next car seat, I went to Toys R Us yesterday. For all of you who are not familiar with the intricacies of car seats, consider yourselves lucky. The car seat that Eleanor is currently using is what is called an infant car seat (it’s what you see new parents lugging around with a baby in it). It is made to face the rear of the car and hold a baby who weighs 20 pounds or less. Her next car seat will be what is called a convertible car seat, one that can face the front or the back.

So, I’ve been reading reviews, consumer reports, and basically anything that I can find about convertible car seats, trying to find what will work best for Eleanor and fit in our car. Obsessive? Yeah, a little. So, I had just about decided on one when I went to Toys R Us yesterday to look at it. Yesterday just so happened to be the one day of the month that the car seat safety guy from Children’s Hospital was at the store giving out free advice and information. After a fairly one sided, too long conversation, I wanted to wrap Eleanor in bubble wrap and never take her in a car…it’s just too dangerous. Child passenger safety is this man’s life. He was spitting out statistics about how many children died in car accidents daily, how many of those deaths could have been prevented by proper car seat usage, explaining how a babies head is like a basketball on a pencil, and generally inciting terror deep in the recesses of my newly maternal nature.

He did share some useful information, mainly that children should face the rear of the car as long as possible. Most convertible car seats can face the rear until the kid is 30 pounds. Mr. Car Seat Man advocated a seat that could face the rear until 35 pounds just because it could keep them facing the back longer. The reason for this is simple if you think about it. An infant/toddler has a head disproportionately large for their body. In event of a crash, the weight of the head continuing in motion puts a large strain on the neck if the kid is facing the front.

I left more confused than when I had entered. Did I want a car seat that would work as a booster seat as well? How many recline positions should I get? Should I take the advice of Mr. Car Seat Man and buy the Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 car seat that Eleanor will use for the rest of her life? Will that car seat even fit in our car? Sigh.

In other news, Eleanor has two (sharp) teeth on her bottom gum. She bit my finger yesterday and it hurt! We have yet to give her “real” food, except for this carrot. Oh, and I was eating a banana the other day and she acted like she wanted some, so I let her lick/suck on it. She has also learned how to roll quite well. I put her to bed last night and a few minutes later she was screaming. When I went in to check on her, she was on her tummy (she goes to bed on her back) and NOT happy with the arrangement.

17 comments:

alice said...

I would be interested in another post when you pick out a carseat...good luck.

Viator said...

dear melody and matt
to pick a conveyance that's fit for a queen / or should I say princess, yes princess I mean.
takes true dedication but not for the law / scene: Mel exits Target red of tooth and claw
But won't El' look spiffy and won't El' look sweet / arrayed 'tween GPS and fax in her seat.

Love Ya,
Ben and Brandy

joel said...

i've got no advice on carseats (in fact, i'd like some myself) but i'd like to take this time to point out that eleanor has not only had a carrot and a banana, but also had a Hershey's bar on Christmas. I know because I saw the picture and the internet never lies...

M. Lumpkin said...

Well, remember Joel, you also saw Karl Rove in a pink onesie, not to mention other things from the internet like this.

Viator said...

Methinks a caption contest is in order. Opening salvo:

"If post-partum depression has you feeling like THIS, maybe you should talk to your doctor about Ladeedah(TM)"

Anonymous said...

dr. teeth.

-moby

joel said...

caption #2 (for ben's amusement...):

Mix breed puppies for sale. Like new. Only nice people need apply.

Amy & Brandon said...

Dearest Melody,

Brandon doesn't know if he has anything to say about car seats... He does however know that if you leave a child in a bouncy seat on the kitchen table long enough... well, bad things can happen. (His little brother... he's okay now, he was standing on stage at the wedding!)
We miss you, and we miss Eleanor. I say you go for the Eddie Bauer one if it can fit in your car because then she can use it forever and you will avoid this dilemma in the future.
Hmmm... that's all. We're going to go have something to drink now!
Oh and we miss Matt too!

M. Lumpkin said...

I'm very pleased. This the the largest comment response for any one post since our announcement of Melody's pregnancy. In a way that's appropriate...

Any other ideas?

Viator said...

>>Any ideas?

Another pregnancy would probably get our collective attention.

alice said...

Or if you bought a dinosaur...

joel said...

maybe not one of those namby-pamby herbivorous dinosaurs... let's try one of those calvin & hobbes-esque voraciously hungry carnivores.

M. Lumpkin said...

I don't think something like that would get along very well with the man-puppies.

alice said...

Why? Do man puppies eat people too? Are there not enough for them to share?

joel said...

not people, . . . children.

Viator said...

Do man-puppies tremble
(As man-puppies ought)
When Joel up an' rambles
'Bout dinos? Mien Gott!

Anonymous said...

mr. lumpkin,

i'll need your digits if i'm to call on you and the missus this saturday.

xxsecretcodexj.p.martinka@gmail.comxedoctercesxx

-moby