So I was just reminded of how annoying and frustrating international adoption can be.
Guess what I found out? We get to buy 2 infant car seats!
It is illegal to use a USA one in Canada.
It is illegal to use a Canada on in the USA.
So, as of today we now get to buy two because apparently the standards between the two counties are different. Even if they are the exact same brand, they have to have the appropriate Country certification on them. And it doesn’t appear that any car seat company does dual certification on their car seats! (Please, if you know of one that does let me know).
We can possibly rent one with a car rental in the USA, but at about $10 to $20 a day, and about 3 weeks in the USA, it will be cheaper to just buy one. And, if we get lucky and don’t need to rent a car (if our hotel is next to the hospital) we would just need one for the taxi ride to the airport. However, I don’t think we can rent one for a one off car ride. Arg. The annoyances of international adoption.
So, as of now, I have a potential options that could happen:
- We could break the law on the USA side, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to get a ticket for unsafe car seat travel when we are in the middle of an adoption. Something tells me this wouldn’t be smart!
- We’ve thought about breaking the law on the Canadian side, but honestly it’s not going to be worth the ticket if we were caught. And since our child will be spending a lot more time driving in Canada, there is a lot of potential that we could get checked as they do random car seat checks here (or so I’m told).
- Another, more realistic option is that when we know the State we are going to be in, I may reach out to someone who can lend us a car seat to get to the airport! This could be complicated if we are flying between states, which may be a necessity, but depending on where we are this could work. And then we buy a Canadian one for the long term. Only time will tell.
- Another option which is less complicated is that we just buy one in the USA and then find some sort of low income / mothers in need group to donate it to when we are done with it. I’m not sure if groups take used car seats, but I would HATE to thrown one out after only a few weeks of use. I know they say not to get one used, but honestly, if it’s only used for a few weeks, I hope some group will take it. And of course this would mean we’d buy a Canadian one too.
Right now option 4 is my preferred option due to the simplicity of it. We buy the one we really want for Canada. And we buy one for the USA and hope we can donate it when we are done with it. I don’t have to figure this out today, but I do need to try to figure out which brand to buy. Any suggestions on the brand?
Sometimes our rules are just so frustrating and seem so silly! Honestly, how different are Canadian vs. American car seats, really? Sometimes our rules seem crazy!
I’m going to chalk this one up to the joys of international adoption!
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