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cacasey1981 12-02-2012 11:14 PM

Carseat Sidekick - Safe?
 
Just found this while poking around online - what do you think? Safe or not?

http://www.shortstackjack.com/

It goes below the chest clip but the harnesses in the video are barely snugged down.

jaelynsmommy61607 12-02-2012 11:32 PM

I think they look ridiculous. There look like a much better option.
http://mbeans.com/lula-clips.html

brigala 12-03-2012 12:05 AM

Re: Carseat Sidekick - Safe?
 
I wouldn't use them. For a newborn they may push the chest clip up into the chin or make it hard to properly tighten the harness. They are probably harmless for older babies who are tall enough that the chest clip is further from the buckle, but that video makes it clear that they don't know how to properly use a car seat and I'm therefore very suspicious of the product.

I think the Lula clips are a much better idea if you are really having a hard time with straps.

luvsviola 12-03-2012 05:06 AM

Re: Carseat Sidekick - Safe?
 
I wouldn't use them. It just isn't that hard to push the straps out of the way. Not worth it, IMO.

cacasey1981 12-03-2012 06:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaelynsmommy61607 (Post 15998513)
I think they look ridiculous. There look like a much better option.
http://mbeans.com/lula-clips.html

I agree the look ridiculous - if you really wanted something like that it could be much smaller.
The site is a little deceptive b/c it says they are safety tested but the testing was material product testing only.

Done at 3 12-03-2012 06:50 AM

We use the lula clips and they work great! Fishing buckles from underneath kids is a pet peeve of DH so he scooped up 2 sets of these for our car seats and was so pleased with himself ;)

monica-m 12-03-2012 08:58 AM

Re: Carseat Sidekick - Safe?
 
I would not use that product and I would advise a parent that came in to a seat check to not use them. Ultimately it's a parental decision but I think it's 1. an unnecessary product, 2. can interfere with the harness, and 3. a direct violation of manufacturer's instructions to attach crap to the handle of the seat and the harness. If you feel you need something to hold the harness open for baby, Lula clips are a much better choice.

luvsviola 12-08-2012 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MamaJ2006
As someone who as ACTUALLY USED the Carseat Sidekick, I can say with complete confidence that it is totally safe! I absolutely love mine and use it all the time. It totally can't push up the buckles at all, so it is definitely not a choking hazard. It's the same weight as those shoulder pads that people sell for the straps, so you can tighten the carseat straps just the same as you can with those. Maybe everyone else should actually use the product before bashing it! Lol.. Totally safe and totally worth it!

You should not use those strap pads either! They are unsafe and are prohibited by the manufacturers.

cacasey1981 12-08-2012 08:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MamaJ2006 (Post 16019498)
As someone who as ACTUALLY USED the Carseat Sidekick, I can say with complete confidence that it is totally safe! I absolutely love mine and use it all the time. It totally can't push up the buckles at all, so it is definitely not a choking hazard. It's the same weight as those shoulder pads that people sell for the straps, so you can tighten the carseat straps just the same as you can with those. Maybe everyone else should actually use the product before bashing it! Lol.. Totally safe and totally worth it!

Yeah, we aren't really bashing - those extras aren't crash tested or approved by the seat manufacturer. That means they could cause problems in an accident.

kaia.aline 12-08-2012 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by luvsviola

You should not use those strap pads either! They are unsafe and are prohibited by the manufacturers.

Pretty sure that person either invented or works for the company


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