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Infant car seat - help!

Hi there,

There must be someone with the same problem as us.

Our daughter is 5 months old and weight 17 kg and is also quite long.

We have been using the Jane Rider travel system, and until now has been using the flat basinette car seat in the back of the car, she is now at the max in it, so got out the infant car seat, and she is too big for it! The straps are at the max position and they start below her shoulders.

So, after much internet searching it seems that young taller babies are better in convertable car seats, so that they are reverse until aprox a year or so old and then it can face forward.

Have been to Nuggihaus, Aubert and even looked in the Babywaltz catalogue, but they just dont seem to do them. Spoke to lady in Nuggi house and she agreed, all the infant normal seats are really too small for her but she cant move onto the stage 1 seats are they are the incorrect angle and she is very much too young and under weight for them.

So, surely others out there have taller babies, what did you buy, and where from, there must be somewhere out there without having to go back to the UK to buy, or even to consider the cost of getting something that heavy shipped out to Switzerland.

Thanks for any help or advice anyone can lend.

Di and the tall baby Emily! x
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Re: Infant car seat - help!

Did you say Emily is 17kg? or did you mean 7kg?


Anyway, I use a Stage 1 car seat (now forward facing) but it can be backward facing although if your child's legs are long, they are uncomfortable in these because their legs jam up against the seat back. Is this what you are meaning?

Ours is a Bebeconfort Iseos isofix seat (although isofix only works forward facing). It was widely available when I bought it 2 years ago ... I bought it eventually over the border in Bebe9 in Hesingue (near Basel).

Still not sure if this is what you mean ... but if it is, here is a link to the website. The isofix version is also listed on this link.

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PS Bebe9 is expensive. Bebeconfort is widely available in France and you would get a much better price travelling up to Mulhouse to purchase at a big baby superstore ...

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Re: Infant car seat - help!

When you say she is 'to the max' in it is it just that she looks uncomfortably cramped, or that she is really too big for it ?

I'm also assuming she is 7kg, so that's well below the weight limit for a backward-facing seat, and in fact it's recommended that you leave children backward facing for as long as possible (I know some of my almost 2 year old students ride backwards in the car)

I guess your carseat is like a 'bucket' and what you need is the 0-4 convertible seat.

Do you have the instruction manual for the car seat/bassinet - does it actually say what size they should be in for each, the age and weight range ?

Does the infant car seat have a padded insert ? Can you take that out ? Underneath is there a second set of holes for the straps that you can re-thread it to make it bigger ?

Maybe you can post a photo and show us what it looks like and we can then make suggestions...
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Re: Infant car seat - help!

Also forgot to say that you can buy O+ size infant car seats. These are suitable for up to 13kg and are just bigger and longer all over.

We used the Bebeconfort Creatis and as both our babies were small, they were in this seat until about 15 months old. I think you can also buy an isofix version. You will be able to find them on the link I previously posted.

But I am puzzled as to why the good shops that you went into in Basel did not advise you about these options, so assume they thought they would not be suitable?
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Re: Infant car seat - help!

According to this website:
http://www.johnstonprams.co.uk/adverts/strata/

It appears that the infant carseat (not the bassinet) has an adjustable headrest, and when you adjust the headrest, the straps also adjust to the height of the baby....

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Re: Infant car seat - help!

Hi all,

Thanks for this. I did mean 7.7. kg at 5 months, 17 lbs.

The carseat is the Jane Strata http://www.mothercare.com/Jane-Strat..._rd_s=center-7

the insert does not come out and the back part is up to its full height and the shoulder straps come from under her shoulder, if I move her down so its in the right position then she is sitting on the bottlom buckle.

I would be looking for the 0 - 4 convertiable I think, but getting pretty desperate so the bebe one sounds like it could work.

Looks like I will have to go to Mulhouse or to the one just across the border from Basel, we are in Basel anyhow so will check it out.

Thanks so much for some more options to look at, its just not like popping into Mothercare thats for sure!

Di and lil miss tall x
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Hi all,

Thanks for this. I did mean 7.7. kg at 5 months, 17 lbs.
I thought you did ... but it never does to assume .. a lady in our village did have a little girl at the same time as I had my son, who was 15kg at 6 months , so I think anything is possible!
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Re: Infant car seat - help!

Ohhh, and just checked out the link for bebeconfort and they also do the Opal one, 0+ 1, and it comes with extra leg room so lil one can stay reverse facing for longer.

Checked out the Aubert catalogue and they do have the bebeconfort Iseos Neo............................why the hell did they not say in the shop that they do them, or if not in stock they could order???!!!! Puzzled to say the least.

Aubert does not do the Opal one so will look at the Mulhouse superstore you spoke about.

Thanks to all again, one very releived mum!
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Re: Infant car seat - help!

There is Prenatal in Sierrentz which is closer than Mulhouse, otherwise I saw a big Aubert in Mulhouse but have not been in (didn't want to be tempted ..)
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Re: Infant car seat - help!

If you read German, have a look at the TCS recommended seats: http://www.tcs.ch/main/de/home/auto_...ndersitze.html That might help to give you a few ideas. Here's a German review http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/tests...ndersitz-test/
I like the fact that BabyJoe has a reasonably wide selection of seats available in Switzerland, but in the end, I got a convertible seat from the US with a weight allowance to 37kgs (my son was 11kgs at 6 months...)
Good luck!

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Re: Infant car seat - help!

Make sure to get one that is airline approved. Lists are available on the website of your favourite airline.
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