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Borrow or rent child seats

A couple of friends of ours are coming to visit in July. They have 2 children, 8 and 4, and I wonder if I could borrow somebody's child seats for the duration. Zurich and Luzern area, and anywhere in between .

Alternatively, do you know of a place that rents them?

Suggestions welcome .

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Re: Borrow or rent child seats

I woulld buy some second hand Kindersitz on Ricardo,

http://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/kind-un...tze/l/cn40521/

You need to know the height and weight of the children, their age is useless.

These look suitable, brand new, CHF 60,-- each, delivery is another CHF 15.

http://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/kind-un...v/an678640090/
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I woulld buy some second hand on Ricardo, www.ricardo.ch
Not a bad idea, but what do I do with them when the week is over?

Lend them to other EFrs, I suppose
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Re: Borrow or rent child seats

An eight-year old of average height should be absolutely fine in a booster seat. Lidl had some EU-approved ones the other day for just over 10CHF.
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Not a bad idea, but what do I do with them when the week is over?

Lend them to other EFrs, I suppose
(Sell them here for CHF 80 each )

Information in English,

http://www.tcs.ch/de/test-sicherheit...sicherheit.php
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Re: Borrow or rent child seats

Do you know any head masters of local schools? Schools most defnitely have some child seats in store. As you use the seats during the school holidays, they probably would agree (of course only when knowing you).
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Do you know any head masters of local schools? Schools most defnitely have some child seats in store. As you use the seats during the school holidays, they probably would agree (of course only when knowing you).
Sadly, no, I don't have much contact with children or schools, but very good idea, I'm sure someone can benefit from it
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An eight-year old of average height should be absolutely fine in a booster seat. Lidl had some EU-approved ones the other day for just over 10CHF.
Another advantage of booster seats is that they take up less room when installed than a seat with solid sides. This is a point to consider if three adults are going to be in the car with the two children. Sitting in the back of the car between two children's seats is not much fun unless the car is broad! Been there, done that, still suffer from squashed arms!
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Re: Borrow or rent child seats

What about the airport? I found this one: http://www.flughafen-zuerich.ch/Port...tositze_DE.pdf
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Another advantage of booster seats is that they take up less room when installed than a seat with solid sides. This is a point to consider if three adults are going to be in the car with the two children. Sitting in the back of the car between two children's seats is not much fun unless the car is broad! Been there, done that, still suffer from squashed arms!
Pardon my ignorance, I thought child seat and booster seat were the same . I googled them, and they still look the same. What am I missing?
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Pardon my ignorance, I thought child seat and booster seat were the same . I googled them, and they still look the same. What am I missing?
The booster seat is a hard moulded cushion. The child seat also offers side protection.

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Not a bad idea, but what do I do with them when the week is over?

Lend them to other EFrs, I suppose

Yes this is exactly what we do. Also advertise them on WRS or Glocals - people are always grateful and we have never had these and other items returned in a shoddy or incomplete condition.
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Re: Borrow or rent child seats

There a couple of scenarios:

If the older child is over 150cm they don't have to use a car seat.
If they are under 150cm then you can use a Booster seat - Migros Do-It sell them for 20chf
http://www.doit-garden-migros.ch/g3....713000/s_level

For the younger child, if they are over 15kg, they can use a booster too. It will be fine for short distances. For longer distances and higher safety you might prefer this one:
http://www.doit-garden-migros.ch/g3....oduct/6214.473
80chf. Should be able to easily re-sell it on the forum for 50chf when you are done. In fact, if you do buy the cheap one, and want to sell it to me when you're done for 50chf, I'll take it...

I can't imagine you can rent them for cheaper...

I have one of these: http://www.bubblebum.co/
I bought it at Migros Brunau park. 50chf. It was fine for our 4 year old, who is quite tall and weighs 20kg.

For optimum safety, a more substantial car seat with the child sitting in the middle position is safer, but that's more down to personal preference.

For age 4-12, the main reason for making boosters compulsory is to bring the car seat belt up to the right position across their hips and chest. The bubble bum definitely does that for my 4 year old...
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There a couple of scenarios:
For age 4-12, the main reason for making boosters compulsory is to bring the car seat belt up to the right position across their hips and chest. The bubble bum definitely does that for my 4 year old...
The child in a crash without a booster seat will "submarine," that means go UNDER the lap belt. This is why the booster seats are hard (and usually uncomfortable)
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the bubble bum is designed with the anti-submarining clips and also the ridged part around the sides so the child doesn't slip off sideways easily....

Edited to add: however, the Australians have just taken booster seats off the list of approved child restraints, and now recommend a more substantial child seat. And my son only goes in the car about 10 times a year (As in, 10 short trips)...
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