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    TF/TFP Tightening harness- how tight is tight enough?

    I've read that you should not be able to pinch any webbing between your thumb and forefinger. Are there any guidelines relating to how easy it can be to get your fingers/hand between the harness and the child?

    I'm getting fed up with this TF harness adjuster, and I'm starting to think my idea of "tight" is just too tight. I never feel like I can pull it tight enough. But maybe it's fine. I'm sure I can't pinch any webbing, but it always seems too easy to slide my hand between the harness and the child's belly. I pull the slack out at the hips before tightening, so that's not the problem. But it also seems hard to buckle the kids in if we don't loosen it first, even using the continuous loop thing to move what slack there is.

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    Re: TF/TFP Tightening harness- how tight is tight enough?

    Don't worry about getting your hand underneath the harness. No matter how tight the harness, it's usually pretty easy to put your hand under the harness on the child's abdomen.

    If the harness is tight enough that you can't pinch a horizontal flap of harness at the shoulders, than it's tight enough.

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    Re: TF/TFP Tightening harness- how tight is tight enough?

    Definitely don't worry about getting your hand in at the belly- the shoulders are what matter. It will be harder to get you hand in at the belly of a fatter kiddo than a skinny kid.

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    Re: TF/TFP Tightening harness- how tight is tight enough?

    Here you go; pics and commentary on how to check for harness tightness:

    http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?p=465536
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    Re: TF/TFP Tightening harness- how tight is tight enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    Here you go; pics and commentary on how to check for harness tightness:

    http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?p=465536
    Thanks so much for that!! Now I'm pretty sure the issue is with me and not with the seat. I actually was not aware there was a "too tight." I'm sure my kids are going to be much more comfortable in their seats now!

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