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    Question on car seat law..

    Regarding removing an infant from their safety seat, while the car is moving, to feed the baby.

    Thoughts? Someone is saying its legal and I dont understand how it could be? Or safe for that matter...

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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    Yep.

    Some states (mine, for example) still have an exemption that allows it. (We're working on getting that changed!)

    Depends on the state, though. You can't just say "it's legal," you'd have to say "legal in my state."

    And legal doesn't make it safe. There are no exemptions for the laws of physics!
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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    Yea, I just found a place with laws and I guess its legal in Idaho...

    I told the girl that was asking that just because its legal, doesnt mean its right. She is arguing with her mom about having to stop to tend the baby when they make a 12 hour trip.

    It boggles me that someone would do that Thanks!

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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    crazy! i would never have guessed that was still legal in some states. or that it was ever legal, once carseats became mandatory. why people wouldn't just pull over is beyond me but *i hate to admit this* my aunt was taking her daughter out of her carseat to nurse her at the wheel just a couple of years ago. despite my insistance that it was next to child abuse, she continued because she didn't want to listen to her daughter scream. "you could stop and park, then!" - but no, catering to her daughter's every whim and putting her safety at risk, to boot, is a better idea, i suupose. okay, sorry to go off like that. /rant.
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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    That is NUTS to even think that that is safe. Not to mention legal in the first place. I remember when Marcus was little & we drove 2.5-3.5 hours to family, if we needed to stop then we stopped, but he always stayed IN the car seat when the car was moving. If he needed to eat someone just moved to the back seat with him & fed him while the other was driving while he rode in his seat strapped in.

    Also what IF something happened while he was NOT in his seat & he died? She would NEVER be able to forgive herself. I deffinatly think those laws need to be changed!
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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    Yea its her mom that is pushing the issue, she doesnt think its a good idea. And I totally agree. I have two kids and when we took them for any long trips as babies, if they needed something, we just stopped at the next rest stop or gas station and dealt with it. Just one of those things when having kids, you stop more!

    I was shocked to see it was ever legal myself!

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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    Legislators rarely (if ever) uphold safest practice, however the laws of PHYSICS don't care what jurisdiction you're riding in. Carseats aren't magic. They have to be used correctly for the entire length of every ride. Just one second's worth of misuse can & too often does have permanent disastrous effects.
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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    If they're taking a 12 hour trip, they'll probably spend some time traveling in a state where it is illegal. It's definitely not safe. I have a niece who is still alive because she wasn't taken out of her car seat minutes before a serious accident. You cannot predict when an accident will occur. A car seat can only do it's job if it's being used.
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    Re: Question on car seat law..

    Yes Idaho law lets you take out a baby from it's seat if you are tending to it's "immediate needs". Our local group from Safe Kids has been trying to get it changed for years but it keeps getting stalled. Also if all the seats in the vehicle are taken it's ok for a child to be on a lap. How stupid is that???
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