Babysitting, Car Seats, and Capable Kids

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A few months ago we were watching our neighbor’s son. He’s four years old and very cool.

Anyway, we were going out to dinner and Chuck E. Cheese and had to put the carseat into a 2 door Ford Focus hatchback. Unfortunately, the carseat was larger than expected, so it didn’t fit through the door. Instead, we had to fold down the seat and pass it through. We also couldn’t figure out how to install it because there were no latches and it wasn’t obvious how it worked.

So the kid hops into the car and say “No, you put it here and do this.” He rearranged the seat, jumped in, grabbed the seatbelt, and showed me how to pull it across him and snap it in. For those parents out there dying and thinking “I wouldn’t let you watch my kid” — I think I did it right. At least it looked how it supposed to look. I just wish we had asked how to use a carseat before we went out.

I was impressed. I guess I have a lot to learn. Too bad newborns can’t talk and tell you how to install carseats properly! Anyway, I learned if you babysit, try to get a kid that is mobile and able to tell you what to do. And geez… Carseats are hard to install!

Published on June 21st, 2007 - 2 Comments
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  1. Yes, lots to learn, lots to learn! As for the car seat thing, if you’re going to be a new parent, at least in California, the Highway Patrol has a service that will help you install your car seat in your car the proper way and they will go through it with you and check to make sure it is OK. Call your local Highway Patrol office to find out (this may work in other states, too, I don’t know.)

    Comment by FamilyFinanceBlog — Jun 21st 2007 @ 1:27 pm
  2. I know about kids, and I do agree with you when you say that: “Carseats are hard to install!”

    Comment by Jack — Jun 21st 2007 @ 10:23 pm

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