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    Kid banging head in car seat

    Both my girls bang their heads in their car seats. They both sit on our couch and rock too. I think it's a sensory thing, although DD1 is neurotypical while DD2 is possibly autistic.
    It wasn't as big a deal when I had them in Britax RA50's but I got 2 Graco Headwise 70's last week. Now when they bang their heads I hear loud plastic creaking/cracking sounds. I'm kinda worried they'll break the head rest. I really like the seats and want to keep them. But I wonder if they'll hold up to the abuse my girls are giving them.
    I'm not worried about needing the extra height or weight of the Headwise, both girls are very tiny. DD1 is almost 4 and has probably a good 3-4 inches left in the RA50, she's 27lbs, DD2 is 22lbs and about 3-4 inches shorter than DD1.
    Mama to DS1 7-98 in a seatbelt, DS2 11-07 in an Affix and Turbobooster, DD1 12-10 RF in a Headwise, DD2 4-12 RF in a Headwise
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    Re: Kid banging head in car seat

    So does anybody think this would be an issue of them possibly (most likely DD2) breaking the seat by repeatedly slamming their heads backwards into the seat?
    Mama to DS1 7-98 in a seatbelt, DS2 11-07 in an Affix and Turbobooster, DD1 12-10 RF in a Headwise, DD2 4-12 RF in a Headwise
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    Have you called Graco to ask?
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    I would hope that a car seat meant to save a kids life is strong enough to handle a preschooler banging it...


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    Re: Kid banging head in car seat

    How hard are they banging their heads? If it is quite hard, I would worry about damage (especially with creaking/cracking sounds). Sure car seats are meant to protect in an accident, but only once, then they should be replaced. If it is gentle banging with the rocking, I wouldn't worry about it as much. Have you checked the plastic and foam for any damage?


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    Re: Kid banging head in car seat

    Sometimes it's gentle and sometimes it's really hard. Hard enough I feel my van shake when I'm stopped . I haven't had a chance to look at the seats under the covers. They've only ridden in them twice so far.
    Mama to DS1 7-98 in a seatbelt, DS2 11-07 in an Affix and Turbobooster, DD1 12-10 RF in a Headwise, DD2 4-12 RF in a Headwise
    Loving wife to DH

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