That would have been handy to know - Baby Steps in High Heels

Friday, November 20, 2009

That would have been handy to know

So, yesterday I met with a car seat installation safety technician. Yes, she was actually a licensed professional. Who knew this even existed?! I found her to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Did you know that you should look at both the owner’s manual for your vehicle and the owner’s manual for the child safety seat when installing one? I didn’t. There are some tricks to the process that common sense can definitely cause you to overlook. Overall, we had done a fairly decent job of installing Avery’s car seat, and I’m pretty sure she would have been just fine without any of the tech’s changes. However, I must rant about one piece of information that came to light yesterday.

For those of you who know my sweet husband, you know he’s a bit of a perfectionist and a fairly intense neat freak. So, I was very excited when I found car seat protectors during the baby registry process. It’s a handy little piece of fabric that can be placed underneath a child car seat that is supposed to prevent the seat in your vehicle from being too damaged by the 20-30 pounds of baby and safety seat sitting on top. This great product even had a little flap that included a pocket for extra storage and looked very chic. At $15 a piece, I thought this was a great deal and registered (and received) two – one for my car and one for the husband’s car. I was very proud of this little find.

Fast forward to yesterday, and the technician tells me that we can’t use it. What? Huh? Isn’t it designed for this specific purpose? What else would you use it for? She tells me that, if I want to keep it in place, I’ll have to sign a disclaimer before she can officially approve the car seat installation. It will also void the manufacturer’s warranty and liability in the event of an impact (even if it’s obvious that the car seat itself was faulty and caused injury to my child). Well, that would have been handy to know about 3 months ago! There goes $30 worth of diapers.

I thought the wedding industry was a racket, but this whole baby product market really drives me insane. From products that claim to be safety tested and approved (by who? Your next door neighbor?!) to those that are constantly being recalled (seriously, if something is designed to be put in a baby’s mouth, maybe you shouldn’t use lead-based paint … just a thought), it all seems a little ridiculous to me. But that’s just my opinion.

Are there other products out there to avoid? Anything we should be weary about? And what do I do with the car seat protectors?!

1 comment:

  1. RETURN RETURN RETURN. If you do not have the receipts, contact the mfr.