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  • The Car Seat Lady

    We are a pediatrician, labor & delivery nurse, and new mom - AND nationally certified child passenger safety technicians & instructors - with more than 50 combined years & 25,000+ car seat installations worth of experience. We're the experts - and we want to share our knowledge with you so that you can keep your child as safe as possible in the car.
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The Car Seat Lady responds to Consumer Reports’ April 2014 Infant Car Seat Ratings

We’ve struggled to make sense of Consumer Reports’ infant seat ratings released last week – and how to explain why we disagree with many of their conclusions.   It boils down to this: their findings often differed with our combined 55 years experience in the field installing more than 25,000 car seats in nearly every … Continue reading

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Inflatable Seat Belts (Seat Belts with Air Bags)

Inflatable seat belts are now found in the back seats on some Ford & Lincoln vehicles (starting in 2011) as well as some Mercedes vehicles.  The goal of these seat belts is to increase the protection to the person’s chest by spreading the crash forces over a larger area of the chest than a regular … Continue reading

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Motion Sickness & the “Puking Poncho”

As someone who gets very motion sick myself, I can tell you that nothing is 100% in terms of preventing motion sickness. Motion sickness happens because your brain can’t reconcile 2 differing inputs – one from your eyes that tell you that you are moving and the other from the proprioceptors in your skin and … Continue reading

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How Much Does the Car Seat Weigh?

WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE CAR SEAT WEIGHS? With most vehicle manufacturers now giving a weight limit for the lower anchors of 65 pounds (combined weight of child + car seat) it is now important to know how much your child’s car seat weighs. For a complete explanation on the changes to LATCH … Continue reading

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Car Seats & Shopping Carts: A Dangerous Combo

Parents use infant car seats as more than just car seats. Babies are often carried in these seats, ride in them on stroller frames, sit in them atop shopping carts, and nap in them while in the house and on the go. A 2010 study in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found … Continue reading

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Child Passenger’s Bill of Rights on a Plane

For more information, see the following FAA documents pertaining to traveling by plane with children in car seats. Regulatory Requirements Regarding Accommodation of Child Restraint Systems FAA Advisory Circular: Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft If you had a bad experience on a flight, let the FAA know – click here. If you purchased a ticket … Continue reading

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Combi Coccoro & Zeus Recalls 1/3/14 – ALL you need to know about it

Combi issued a recall affecting 3 of their convertible car seats today – the Coccoro, the Zeus Turn, and the Zeus 360.  I’d like to explain this recall (and specifically why the car seat is being permitted to be used before the repair has been made) – which requires a little background info, and some … Continue reading