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Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Carseat Sidekick - Safe?

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

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

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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I think they look ridiculous. There look like a much better option.
http://mbeans.com/lula-clips.html
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:06 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:41 AM   #5
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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