My new pushchair has a carrycot attachment (which I really wanted so the baby could lie flat and face me) but I was a bit shocked to find there are no straps to keep the baby in. Is this normal and safe?
I was expecting it to have a three or five point harness, but there is nothing even to attach one to. I'm a bit worried that my baby (not born yet by the way!) will slide up and down (as where I walk is quite hilly) and get bounced about too much (I normally just 'bounce' my buggy down our front steps but will be a bit scared of doing this now!!)
Sorry if I sound like a complete nutcase (!) but I obviously want my baby to be safe and thoughts of him/her flying out of the carrycot are infiltrating my mind (third trimester of pregnancy though!!!)
Does anyone have any experience of using a carrycot without any safety straps? Is there anything you can buy to make them safer? Thank you for your help!
I felt the same the first time I used our carrycot (I had a bug). Posted here and someone told me to remove the mattress and lo and behold there were D rings underneath. I then bought a harness for about 10 pounds from mothercare and strapped DS in. Might be worth looking to see if there is something similar. Otherwise most people just add lots of blankets etc which seem to wedge the baby in...
No there is def no harness attachment (it's the carrycot for an icandy pear) and it's very shallow so there is no room for a proper mattress - just a blanket underneath. Wedging the baby in with blankets is a great idea though
We bought ours 2nd hand, but the instructions say it has no mattress and if you put a mattress in it must be less than 1cm deep (!!) so I was planning on just using a blanket folded over. The seat unit fabric comes out completely (along with the harness) to convert it to a carrycot, and as far as I can see there is no way at all of attaching straps (but I'll be v.happy if someone can tell me otherwise!)
It does have an 'apron' cover zipped on so I'm thinking that in reality that will keep the baby in... I just have a tendancy to imagine worst case scenarios (particularly when I'm in late stage pregnancy!!) I'm reassured to hear that many carrycots don't have straps anyway, and i presume they must be tested for safety.
ahh yes, i think i jut found a pic of the one you have got on the icandy site. i agree it doesn't look very deep. am sure a blanket in the bottom would be fine. you;ll def be ok if you have the apron on i'm sure. liek you say it must have been tested??
In all honesty, it never even occurred to me. I mean by the time they can get out, you've moved them to the pushchair bit, surely? My 3 month old is in the chair now, albeit laid flat & with baby insert, because he likes to look around. I don't think my Xplory even has straps in the carrycot.
I considered it - I had one with d-rings under the mattress
I looked at the harness
and I looked at newborn dd all snuggly in her blankets and I thought of threading her little arms through the webbing and tightening it all up and clipping it into the pram and unclipping it all every time she howled and I had to pick her up and clipping it all back up again afterwards
MrsBadger I'm convinced It wasn't so much the baby 'jumping' out that I was worried about - more being 'bounced' when we go down steps and kerbs and things (please bear in mind that I am pregnant - dh thinks I am mental!)