Yes, Jan is married. I am his wife.
Thanks for taking the time to come here.
I think all of you are WAY too in to this whole car seat thing in general..wow.
We all have things we're passionate about. Those of us gathered on this board frequently are passionate about trying to save kids lives by having them properly harnessed. And many are equally passionate on some other subjects, too. Since over 80% of seats are installed/used incorrectly, and cars are the #1 killer of ages 0-18, its something worth IMO being passionate about. Its not *exactly* car seats we're all into. Its keeping kids safe.
We've had 3 car seats installed at these clinics. What is wrong with making sure it's done right and learning from the experts?
Absolutely nothing is wrong with getting a seat checked at a clinic, and its great that you guys went! Since lots of parents just figure "Meh - its good enough." when its really not. The problem is that your dear husband seems to be saying that you and he haven't learned anything, and don't intend to. That the only purpose of the clinics is to install the seats so you don't have to. That doesn't help you out at all when a situation arises that for some reason (some examples have already been listed in this thread, so I won't list any) you need to uninstall the seat, and you're stuck, b/c you don't know how to put it in again.
There are several experts on site, including people from Transport Canada. We both learned how to install them, but I let Jan deal with the car seats since I do so much more for our daughter!
And so many of you talk about this "misinformation" but what exactly are you all referring to? Jan is not an expert, Gary is who is quoted! Also note that HIS contact info is a the bottom of the COLUMN not article (please look up difference). Why don't you go to the source of this "misinformation."
Very good point - I think Gary should be contacted, if not by someone here, then certainly by TC, who would likely have a problem with some of the advice he's supposedly given. One about rear facing at 20lbs, which isn't something that should be recommended. My son hit 20lbs at 5 months! Another is about the 3-in-1s, and actually, it is rather a misinformation thing to say 'why should a parent install a car seat' b/c, well, its just part of the whole shebang.
Looks like while I was writing out my novel in response that CelticLabyrinth hit some of the misinformation points better that I did.
Lastly, while I myself see the value in consulting experts - I never just blindly take their info as golden. If I did, there'd be lots of problems I'd run into from not checking up on their advice. Experts are not infallible. The 'experts' use to tell us breastfeeding was bad, b/c it isn't pasteurized. The 'experts' used to tell us smoking was ok. Things change. It pays to check up on your experts sometimes, and, to learn what you can on your own, too.