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May
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awarded  Teacher
May
9
answered Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
May
9
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.
May
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May
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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.
May
9
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
8
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.
May
8
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
8
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.
May
2
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.
May
2
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.
May
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comment Should I get a reflective jacket/coat, or more lighting and reflective strips for the bike?
$50 for a safety vest seems like a lot. The safety vests I'm required by law to have in my car vost $4 apiece. Wouldn't that suffice?
May
2
comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
Good observation. On our next trip, I'll try to raise him a little, and if that fails then I'll try the pillow in the back. We've already considered the "travel neck pillow" but it really only supports the child's head sideways. At least in that age, it doesn't prevent the head from falling forward; older kids have more "chin" to put the pillow under, and then it might work better.
May
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awarded  Student
May
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comment Safety data: Which is safer, head/tail lights which blink or emit a steady beam?
+1: check local laws. Several European countries have dropped the "nonblinking" requirement (Denmark, Holland, Austria at least). I'd have preferred an official stance so it would be consistent at least.
May
1
comment Bike is shifting on its own
I have a bike with an automatic transmission, that's also how I read it first. It's not fun when you don't actually want it to change gears just then.
May
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asked Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
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