Torben Gundtofte-Bruun

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I'm something of a Swiss army knife both professionally and in private, able to juggle a wild variety of things at once. I've worked in every kind of business that uses software. I'm also very good with tools, both IT and mechanic. Whether you need software design or assembling some IKEA furniture, I'm your man for the job. I'm generally soft-spoken but driven by clear principles.

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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
This works well in combination with Chad's neck pillow. As you said, moving the torso slighty forward allows more room for the head to lean back behind its equilibrium.
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
Yes, this works very well, but only when placed with the opening in the neck. That way, the chin is resting on the top surface of the cushion, so it's comfortable and doesn't restrict breathing.
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accepted Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
Aha, so it really is a "foreheadrest"! Thanks for clearing that up. I've never seen that in the world around me. It doesn't sound all that comfortable; will the child really sleep through any road bumps (I mean bad surface rather than just soft speed bumps)? Is this even safe to use when there are road bumps? I'd be concerned about jolts to the head, since that handlebar is mounted on the bike frame and not on the (slightly suspended) child seat.
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revised Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
Fixed grammar.
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answered Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
@user770 it's not about the seat being uncofortable but about the head falling forward... the seat you linked to doesn't seem to have a back that can be leaned back. The one we have can do that. It's not the child that falls forward, only the head.
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
@Paul I have already considered something softer, and even tested it. I'm writing it as an answer below.
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
yes I looked at both links. Are you referring to the first one? It doesn't explain where it's supposed to go, or even how big it is. Is it a handlebar? Is it a (fore-)headrest? wtf is it... ;-) I'm now getting the idea that you mean the "bar" should go across the chest, sort of like those in amusement parks. I definitely need a clearer understanding of what you're trying to suggest!
May
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
That makes sense. I'll try and see if a neck pillow does the trick.
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
I think this is a good suggestion. We found a neck pillow on Amazon that's very narrow in the neck and also nearly closes in the front. We're going to try that and see how well it works.
May
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comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
I don't understand how a handlebar would keep the child's head from falling forward. Would you place the handlebar so high that the front of the child's helmet is resting on the handlebar? Doesn't seem safe, or comfortable (bumps). Maybe I'm totally missing your point.
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comment At what age/stage should my child be at before I start using a child seat?
@David (better late than never) My wife is a trained physiotherapist; I am certain she knows what she's talking about and she confirms that the same applies in Austria, and I must assume in all European countries. Infants should never sit upright (or even reclined!) until they're able to sit on their own. Just like @Gary said.
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comment Should I get a reflective jacket/coat, or more lighting and reflective strips for the bike?
@Slokun More and more European countries require reflective vests as part of the basic safety equipment, along with a frist aid kit and a warning triangle. I'd get fined for incomplete equipment if I couldn't produce a vest per passenger+driver. I thought that was the kind of vest you referred to, but now I understand.