Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Just a little blip for special needs seats..

I'm sure everyone already knows I'm a car seat safety nut and want to be a CPST (if they ever have any classes in this area!). I've been researching special needs seats for a while so I can be knowledgable on the subject in case anyone ever needs advice. :-)

A lot of kids who have medical issues that require them to be in a car seat long past the usual age can sometimes get a prescription and have some or all of the cost of the seat covered by insurance. Always check and see if this is an option for you!

This is a new seat that harnesses to 115 lbs and has 22" top slots (important for tall kiddos). It's called the Roosevelt by Merritt Manufacturing. It runs about $1000.



Here is a site with tons of special needs seats to choose from:


http://www.adaptivemall.com/safetycarseats1.html

And don't forget: Kids are safest rear-facing for as long as possible, and this is especially true for children with low muscle tone. Most kids can easily rear-face to about age 3 in car seats like the Britax Marathon and the less pricey Evenflo Triumph Advance. If your special needs child is small enough to be rear-facing, they really don't need a special needs seat yet, as these all only face forward and are usually very large.

Here is an album of kids "extended rear-facing". They are much safer this way and contrary to popular belief, they are not usually uncomfortable with their legs folded.

http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum.aspx

1 comment:

Mom2Madolyn said...

I use the Britax Boulevard for my dd and she is still rear facing at 2 1/2 years old. If your child rides outboard by a window, the head proteciton is what you want to look for in a car seat.
Here is the one I have
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2535311

The next one we are going to is the Britax Traveller Plus for Special needs car seat. It's under $500
http://www.devinemedical.us/britax-traveller-plus.html