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    CPS Technician tl01's Avatar
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    Size4me crotch strap

    This seat's crotch strap is so short! We just bought one if these for DS2... He keeps point to his groin... He cries and screams owie... All I can figure is that the strap is too short? Anyone else bothered by it? Any tips or ideas? Is Graco planning a longer strap?
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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    I agree it's waaay to short. But I'm not sure what to do about it...

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    My two peeves about this seat rf are the short crotch strap and the fact that you have to use the slot closest to the child for rf. Poor design in my opinion. Hope they make some changes.

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    Supposedly Graco will send a longer strap, but supposedly that longer strap is the same length as the current one. That's what I've heard--I don't have first-hand experience. I keep meaning to call.

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    Quote Originally Posted by LISmama810 View Post
    Supposedly Graco will send a longer strap, but supposedly that longer strap is the same length as the current one. That's what I've heard--I don't have first-hand experience. I keep meaning to call.
    How can it be longer if it's the same length:/? Strange. Maybe I'll request it and see. Thanks!
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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    I might request one too, but I'm also using the further out crotch strap...I heard you weren't supposed to but the seat would be unusable if I didn't!

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    Sounds like time for a mass of pics of Graco's fb page showing how short the strap is. Worked for Dorel.

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    Yeah, I might try and take one next time he's in the seat, because it's barely acceptable for not squishing his junk when it's on the further slot. And DS is skinny and small for his age!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phineasmama
    I might request one too, but I'm also using the further out crotch strap...I heard you weren't supposed to but the seat would be unusable if I didn't!
    Are there theories on why they say not to use the outer slot?

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ps Mama View Post
    Are there theories on why they say not to use the outer slot?

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    I'm honestly not sure Maybe they only tested it RF with the inner slot? They are not very far apart either, it doesn't seem like something that would make a difference. I hope someone else knows.

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    I thought the seat belt interferes with the strap if it was on the outer position?

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    I'll have to check that out tomorrow. Although I do have mine installed with latch so idk if that will make a difference or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl01

    How can it be longer if it's the same length:/? Strange. Maybe I'll request it and see. Thanks!
    Magic!

    No, supposedly they SAY it's longer, but isn't. Again, that's just what I've heard. Might or might not be true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ps Mama

    Are there theories on why they say not to use the outer slot?

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    I heard someone (Graco? Clek?) mention this issue at Kidz In Motion. IIRC, it's safer to have it close to/ under the child, like Diono recommends.
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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    On older kids, the second slot is going to still be under the child. The first slot is WAY under the child, it's one of the key reasons I opted to get rid of that seat and stick with my MR. The crotch depth, strap, buckle etc is just ridiculous. I felt like I was trying to dig in poor Z's junk every time I got him in or out.
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    Oh yeah, it's definitely under him, or darn close!

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    am I the only person on the planet that prefers the shorter crotch strap? I HATE the long one on our nautilus. I much preferred the short one on my marathon. I like then the hip straps that are closer to the thigh etc. instead of the buckle being at the belly button. I also only have a girl and realize my preference might change with a boy.
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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    It's NOwhere near his belly button!! If I had it on the lower slot it would be coming from like his butt over the top of his junk area. With the outer slot it's coming uncomfortably close to touching his junk area.

    Maybe you just have differently shaped kids

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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    Quote Originally Posted by Phineasmama View Post
    It's NOwhere near his belly button!! If I had it on the lower slot it would be coming from like his butt over the top of his junk area. With the outer slot it's coming uncomfortably close to touching his junk area.

    Maybe you just have differently shaped kids
    not meaning that the crotch strap on the size4me goes to her belly button. . . we haven't tried that seat yet, i prefer that any seat's crotch strap doesn't go that high up KWIM? Her nautilus to me has a crazy long crotch strap that i HATE, i am jealous of your short strap dilemma
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    Re: Size4me crotch strap

    See I've only ever heard of the Nauti having a short crotch strap!

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