I’ve always thought of myself as being a fairly smart person. And I know that AdoringHusband considers himself to be incredibly smart. So why is it that two smart, Ivy League educated, graduate degree having, multilingual folks can fail at something so basic….something so absolutely incontrovertibly easy, that I know I risk losing your respect when I tell you what it is.
OK. Deep breath. Well, it seems that AdoringHusband and I have been putting Zizi in her car seat incorrectly. Not dangerously, but indeed stupidly.
Go ahead and laugh. We had to laugh when we realized this yesterday. All I can say in my own defense is that it’s all AdoringHusband’s fault!! He’s the one who told me way back in the beginning that the way I was strapping her in was wrong. I figured that he was the one who had read the manual, so he must know the right way to do things. I was wrong!
We came to this great realization now that we have had to move to the convertible car seat. We had been waiting for the Orbit Toddler Car Seat but its release was pushed back from February 15th to March 15th and now until the end of April. Zara was squished into her infant seat, so we had to stop waiting.
I ordered a Maxi-Cosi Priori seat in Indian Red from Elite Car Seats. AdoringHusband, not one to be a slave to fashion like I am, got a more basic color this weekend from Target. Yesterday he called me very pissed off after taking her to day care. “The straps on this seat are too short! I’m taking it back!”
“What do you mean they’re too short? This seat is supposed to fit a child up to 40 pounds!”
“Well it doesn’t work. I had to contort her to get her into the seat just like the trouble we were having with the straps on the Orbit! I’m just going to get the Britax.”
“I thought you didn’t like the Britax.”
“I don’t, but clearly this isn’t working and I have to get something. Do you want the ordering information?”
“No, hold up a minute. There has to be more to this,” I replied.
“I’m ordering the Britax,” he said with finality.
I said goodbye and decided to try to figure this out. We read tons of reviews about the Priori and only one mentioned that the straps were short. The others were all very positive. I’m thinking to myself, how can our average sized 10 month old not fit into a seat rated up to 40 pounds? Something wasn’t adding up.
I called Elite Car Seats and asked about issues with the straps on the Priori. She began with some nonsense. “All children are different and not all seats work for all children…”
And I’m like, “Lady, please stop right there. You are not going to convince me that my 50th percentile 10 1/2 month old daughter somehow won’t fit in a normal convertible car seat. I just want to know, have you had any issues from Priori buyers about the length of the straps?”
“No, not really,” she answered. “But I can call Maxi Cosi and see if they have an extender to help with the problem.”
“That would be great.” I thanked her and she promised to call me back.
In the meantime, I’m looking at the car seats and wondering… I call AdoringHusband back.
“How did you put Zara in the Priori?” I asked.
“What do you mean?”
“What did you do with her legs? Did you put them through the straps?”
“Of course!” he said, huffily. “That’s when I found out that the straps were too short.”
“I don’t think the legs are supposed to be put through the shoulder straps.”
“Of course they are!”
“Well I’m not so sure…”
“I put her in the same way we put in her the Orbit seat.”
As we are having this dialogue, we are both on the Maxi Cosi site looking for the manual. He finds it first.
“Oh no! I did it wrong! Her legs aren’t supposed to go through the straps!”
“So there’s probably nothing wrong with the seat, then?”
“No…” he trails off.
“This also means that we’ve probably being putting Zizi in the infant seat the wrong way as well.”
“Good lord, we’re morons! But you told me to do it your way!”
“I thought it was the right way!”
“Yeah. Don’t tell anyone.”
“Who would I tell?”