WHAT TO DO ABOUT A CAR SEAT?
Our new baby is due in just 5 & 1/2 weeks!
We own a GRACO infant car seat (from our first son) which he out-grew at about 8months old and it was stored in the basement.
As some of you know, we recently moved, and in that process we found that the GRACO SnugRide was covered in mildew (or possibly some mold). The car seat cover/seat cushion is machine-washable. However, the biggest problem is that the mildew is all over the straps. The harness and straps are connected to the plastic seat.
According to the GRACO web site:
- Metal and plastic parts may be cleaned with mild soap and water
- Buckle may be cleaned with a damp cloth
Mild soap won't cut it! If we get into using Lysol or Bleach or even very hot water -- There are Risks:
1.) Risk to the baby of being around, breathing in, or getting chemicals in his mouth
2.) The chemicals can weaken the straps and the effectiveness of the car seat harness and may make the car seat less safe in the event of a wreck
WHAT DO WE DO?
Additionally, when we started trying to clean it and see what to do... I detached the car seat from the base. In the base (also plastic) I found evidence of mice. Yes. Mice have been on or in the car seat and the base while it was stored in our basement. Mice poop and mildew?! NOT GOOD. And certainly not good for a new baby being born in November.
I've looked at buying a new one...
The SnugRides range from about $160's-$190's
I've always been leery of buying a used or consigned car seat because you should NEVER reuse a car seat that has been in a wreck. And most of the time you don't KNOW that information when you are shopping a great deal at a consignment sale. Safety is very important for our little ones.
Another idea... borrowing one from a close friend. Or at least for a few months until we can buy one ourselves.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT THE CAR SEAT?
A. Toss it, it's covered in germs and there are risk (both health and safety) to trying to fully clean it
B. Buy a new one and get your peace of mind back
C. Borrow one from a close friend or as for a SnugRide as a Christmas gift from family
D. Clean it the best you can and don't spend the extra money to buy anything new
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