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Joie every stage- baby slumped forward

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Salouu Thu 31-May-18 17:19:56

Does anyone have any advice? We have recently purchased this chair for our 9m old, it’s rear facing and the straps are done tight enough but she slumps forward.

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BossWitch Thu 31-May-18 17:23:32

Our dd did this sometimes, we just used to push her head back!

Happycow Thu 31-May-18 17:25:22

I don't have this seat myself, but is the base of the chair at the right angle?
If not it may be that a rolled up towel or pool noodle under the carseat at the back ( in the 'corner' of the seat) changes the angle enough for it to be more reclined. But check the manufacturers guidance on doing this (was fine and recommended for my cybex).

If not, you might need to buy a reclining car seat?? Or those strap things that go across the front of the seat to hold her head in place. But they might freak her out if she wakes up and can't move her head!!

student26 Thu 31-May-18 17:27:31

I think that’s the seat we have. Is her bum forward enough? My little one had her head slumped forward the other day. I gently pulled her legs until her bum was resting at the lowest point with the strap done up. That way she was more reclined and wouldn’t have been able to put her head forward without a lot of effort.

teaandbiscuitsforme Thu 31-May-18 17:45:24

Don't buy a head strap! They're a strangulation risk and are not crash tested.

Looks in your picture like you need to pull her further down to the buckle. What car is it? Have you got really sloped seats?

Salouu Thu 31-May-18 17:49:40

Thanks all, I’ve tried pulling her down but she’s stuck there, our seats are really at an angle which doesn’t help - I’m not sure about rolling anything up under the seat though as not sure if it would be safe- although she doesn’t look very safe at the moment.

I sent Joie a message and they said the insert is meant to be used until 15months (the manual says 9m and she’s on the 75th percentile so a bigger 9m) but it hasn’t helped using it.

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teaandbiscuitsforme Thu 31-May-18 17:55:02

Try playing around with different combinations of inserts rather than the order in the manual IYSWIM. That can help.

And are the straps at or just below her shoulders? Rather than a bit below.

Salouu Thu 31-May-18 17:57:10

The straps come out just below her shoulders from behind? Is that no good?

We’re on a long journey at the moment so I will play around at the next service stop.

Pushing her head back wakes her up and she goes mad haha.

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Salouu Thu 31-May-18 17:58:03

Action shot of the straps!

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user1471530109 Thu 31-May-18 17:59:14

I think there was a wedge with it wasn't there?

Plus, have you got the seat on the right setting at the bottom. There are 3 or 4 options!

teaandbiscuitsforme Thu 31-May-18 17:59:38

Just below is ok, further down can push their head. Maybe try up a notch? But make sure they're not above her shoulders then!

My DS hates me messing with him when he's in the car as well. Head flop isn't dangerous after 6mo though, it just looks so uncomfortable.

Salouu Thu 31-May-18 17:59:55

It’s a vw polo.

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Salouu Thu 31-May-18 18:01:23

Thank you, I’ll try and put it up one when we next stop, I’ll try and pull her down as well but I did try that before we left... she’s so big!!

I’m pleased to know it’s not dangerous, it just looks awful!!

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GreasyHairDoNotCare Thu 31-May-18 18:01:40

I'm having the same problem with my 10 month old. His head slumps when he's asleep and I have taken the insert out. Will putting it back in make a difference?

teaandbiscuitsforme Thu 31-May-18 18:04:18

You want the insets that go under them and not the inserts that go in the headrest section to try to make them more reclined.

Salouu Thu 31-May-18 18:07:15

I don’t get why the manual says 9months and they told me 15months, I’m just not sure what to do as she’s quite squashed in there with it- I took off the thick padded bit underneath as well as getting her in was hard!

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student26 Thu 31-May-18 18:14:36

My baby is very slim and is almost a year old. I took out all inserts and she fits really well. It helped with the head slumping too.

Salouu Thu 31-May-18 18:55:48


Thanks everyone, I think it’s resolved!!! I’ve kept the insert in (without the head bit and the big padding underneath) and adjusted the straps so they go from her shoulders, and finally pulled her legs so her bums well in.... anddddd she looks a million times more comfortable and sat back! A relief for a long journey so thank you!

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Pigletthedog Thu 31-May-18 19:01:57

Op if you're on Facebook, there's a page called Car Seat Advice UK, the admins are very knowledgeable and helpful. Might be worth a look there too if you have further problems.

teaandbiscuitsforme Thu 31-May-18 19:04:58

Excellent! Hope she's ok for the rest of your journey!

Salouu Thu 31-May-18 19:11:46

Cheers all!! Thank god for the internet! smile

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