My husband and I always tell our children that it is our job as a parent to ensure first and foremost their SAFETY. The priority of their happiness and everything else comes AFTER their SAFETY. This is difficult sometimes for them to understand or accept, but that does not matter, because it is our job as their parent to ensure this. This may sound harsh, but it is a reality as a parent.
One area that is very important is…
Car Seat Safety
There are guidelines and laws to learn and sometimes, it comes down to
When I was pregnant, I worried about many things and one of those things was our car seat. It was important to me that we get it installed professionally because we had never done it before and our baby’s safety was a number one priority. I was put at ease when a trained car seat technician installed our seats for us.
When our rear-facing seats were switched over to forward-facing, I once again looked up car seat clinics in our area so that we could be reassured that they were installed properly.
I remember my daughter begging us, for what seemed like forever, to get out of her booster seat. I had many chats with Wendy, from mapsgirl, during this time, because she knows car seats inside out and backwards! It wasn’t until we felt certain that my daughter was tall enough AND fit properly in the seatbelt in our vehicles (because all vehicles are different) that we allowed her to say goodbye to her booster seat.
My son is counting down the days until he can get out of his booster seat, because he feels that it is babyish, but he still has a year or more to go! Safety comes first.
Date: Wednesday September, 16, 2015
Time: 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET
Moderators: @mapsgirl, @listen2lena, @multitestingmom, @fabfrugalmama
We just moved our daughter (who will be 7 in November) into a booster from her car seat. I really would have liked to keep her rear facing longer than I did but the constant screaming (she has a condition which causes inner ear pain when driving) when she couldn’t see us made us decided to turn her at 18 months. She did much better when she could see us. My son stayed rear facing to around the age of 4/5 and in his carseat until around the same age as her and then in a booster until around the age of 11 I think.
Oh my goodness, your poor daughter. That must have been difficult to diagnose.
I applaud for you for seeking the help of professionals in installing infant and child’s car seat. Their safety, as you say, must be a parent’s first objective. Good for you.6
Thank you, Elva.
This was a great party and I learned quite a bit, it’s amazing how the laws have changed so much over the years!!
I’m glad you learned something new – there were some fantastic tips shared!
Sounds like everyone had fun at the twitter party. It is so very important that children are kept safe in cars, when you see all the accidents often caused by someone doing something stupid (but not always) it makes it even more so.