We have our 3 month daughter in the joie isnug, a really comfy seat which I love! However recently my daughters head has been flopping forward when she sleeps. Which obviously has me panicking! I've tried taking out the newborn insert (as she is just on the recommended height limit being a long baby) but that seemed to make it worse so immediately put it back in.
There is no recline feature on this car seat.
Is this ok? She has strong head control already but I worry she is too young to put her head back if she is in deep sleep.
Thanks for any advice
Head flopping forward
poppyflower1803 · 08/07/2022 20:52
BertieBotts · 13/07/2022 15:15
It's not ideal.
First of all I would try pulling her down further in the seat and kind of tilting her hips to encourage a lying rather than sitting position, although you are probably already placing her in a lying position at 3 months. Don't be afraid to sit with the seat when she's in a happy, calm mood and experiment with placing her higher up and lower down to see the difference. Kind of scoop your arms/hands under the sides of her and move her up and down a little bit.
Secondly, are you fitting using the base or seatbelt? Some cars have quite a steep slope in the back seats and this combined with isofix points that are located quite low down can place isofix seats at quite a severe angle which can cause this issue. The fix for this is to try fitting without the base, because you will generally find you have a little flexibility of angle when you're fitting the seat using the seatbelt alone. You might only need to do this for a couple of weeks until she gets more head control. Otherwise, Joie do a base called the i-Base Advance which is compatible with the i-Snug and has an angle adjust option on it, you can use this to counteract sloping seats.
BertieBotts · 16/07/2022 15:39
By i-Size are you looking for the standardised isofix fitting, or just the testing to the newer R129 standard with the side impact test? i-Size actually means the former but a lot of people use it to mean the latter so it can be a bit confusing. I can explain more about this if you like.
All four seats that I mentioned are Swedish Plus tested. The Joie i-Spin 360 is not plus tested, although the Joie i-Spin Safe is. That's very similar to the i-Spin 360, the main difference is that the 360 version also has the option to be used forward facing, whereas the i-Spin Safe is rear facing only. If the highest safety is your concern, then you won't want to use the forward facing mode at all anyway.
Besafe Stretch and Avionaut Sky are approved under the newer regulation R129, so they've been though that extra testing including side impact test. Axkid Minikid and Britax Max Way Plus are approved under the older regulation R44, but they both have really good side impact protection on them and it's likely that they would also meet or exceed the R129 standard, they were just older seats designed before that regulation came in.
If you're looking for isofix fitting there is only one 125cm limit rear facing seat which is also isofix, this is Axkid One. It's quite a bit more expensive than the Joie and other seats I've mentioned.
You could also just wait and see what her height is like when she's closer to outgrowing this seat, as when they are little it can be quite difficult to measure them accurately and this could potentially cause an incorrect estimate.
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