Why You Should Extend Rear Facing Your Child – Car Seat Safety You Should Know

Being pregnant is such a special time but there are lots of challenging choices to be made. So many different items on the market and choosing a car seat is no different. I had such a difficult time choosing a car seat for my little one when I was pregnant. I think it was probably one of the most confusing decisions for me. This is common knowledge information. To add to the mess I had a Volkswagen Beetle!! So Tiny! (I did not want to get rid of it, I loved my little car) There are so many different car seats out there But I finally decided on a Britax B-Agile Travel System and I was glad that part was over.

As my baby got older and I read more and more information about car seats.  Most parents I had been around forward face their children at around 12 months of age. (some even sooner). Thankfully, I read up on car seat safety early to not make that mistake and offer my child the safest travel option.

Recommendations are constantly changing for the better, the AAP now recommends rear-facing children to a minimum of age 2 and the use of a booster until at least age 8.

I know there are a lot of things that us as parents overlook because we don’t even give it a second thought. We just think everyone is doing it and put it aside as “normal”. I really hope more and more parents get away from that train of thought. We don’t want to parent with blinders on. I know that different parents make different choices for their children. But this isn’t one of them, it’s based on their safety and unless your child has a disability that requires them to be in a certain position rear-facing would be the best option for them. 

Here’s why:

Before the age of 4 children’s bones aren’t fully set yet and the impact to a forward facing child in a collision could be catastrophic to their little bodies leading to serious injuries or even death.

Will they be uncomfortable? 

4 Year Old-Courtesy of Car Seat lady

I hear a lot of, “my child is too big”, “his legs are too long”. This is one of the biggest misconceptions associated with car seat safety. Children are comfortable in the weirdest position, and it’s okay if they have their legs crossed because of how tall they are. In no way does that interfere with their safety. A baby turned forward too soon (even meeting weight requirements) could suffer internal decapitation in a crash because their spines aren’t mature enough yet. Rear-facing is 500% safer! That’s a staggering percentage.

“Toddlers are not just small adults; their bodies are still developing and those developmental changes make them more vulnerable than an adult. A toddler’s vertebrae are connected via cartilage rather than ossified bone. Those connections are called synchondroses, which are slowly closing over time. There are three major points of ossification, each with two synchondroses. According to a study published in the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the first station to close is the C3, second is the axis, and third is the atlas. The results of the study show: Continue Reading Over at Car Seats for Littles”

You can visit the Car Seat for Littles and The Car Seat Lady websites for more information. Information is Power. If you’re interested in knowing When to make the switch, read here.

Thanks for reading.

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Disclaimer: I am not a CPST, but have done a lot of car seat safety research. Please read your car seat’s manual for proper installation and usage and always remember to buckle your children in correctly.

Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Mess Free Painting Craft + Fun Giveaway

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Now that my son is a couple of months shy of TWO! (It has gone by terribly fast) 🙁 He is constantly on the move, on to the next thing. There are only a couple of hours of Peppa Pig and Egg surprise videos this mama can handle. What is it about those videos? Oh my goodness.  Anyways. I’ve been thinking of different ways to entertain him other than being glued to the iPad. Mess free painting can be a solution.

Painting can be fun but messy, but I’ve come across Kwik Stix and mess free painting is now possible.

Being that he’s 22 months, his attention span is limited and I’m not about to set up a whole elaborate play time for something he might not even try or will do for a few seconds. It needs to be practical, easy to clean and fun.

I was approached by the guys over at Kwik Stix for a review and after reading over their product. I said YES of course.  The claim is that these markers paint similarly to real paint but dry within 90 seconds. So your kiddos work of art doesn’t have to hang anywhere to dry, no glitter involved, glues, and macaroni. I gave it a try with my kiddo and he loved it as much as a kid his age can. But mostly I loved it. Mess free painting? YASSS!

Don’t get me wrong I still need to supervise the kid or else he’ll draw on my walls and furniture and that ruins all the fun. But this is definitely something you can sit your kiddo down for, give them ample space to work if they are young like my little one.

FEATURES: 

  • Ease of use – similar to markers/glue stick containers
  • Glides on paper with little effort – great for little hands that lack dexterity
  • Colors are nice and bright 
  • Dry time is exactly as advertised  – 90 Seconds
  • Mess free painting
  • Works on paper, canvas, posters, and even wood – so be careful with your furniture as with anything that a child can draw with. 

The pack I received had 12 colors, which you can find here. There are also different options available, a 6 pack & 96 pack; these would be great for a classroom. If you know a teacher going crazy with the mess the kiddos make, these would be a great Christmas gift.  
 
To find more info on their company by visiting their webpage, Facebook page and amazon product page to make a purchase. I highly recommend these Kwik Stix. You can also check out some of their other products. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of your Kwik Stix.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Bloomsy Box Review + Giveaway

You know those flowers at your local supermarket? Leave them be! You’re so much better than that. I have been know from time to time to pick those up too. I don’t typically write posts on flowers but this time I decided to take BloomsyBox up on their offer to review their subscription box service. First because Well, I love flowers. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t. Secondly, I just celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary and flowers would be a great way to start the celebration (also let the hubby off the hook, yes dude, you’re welcome!)

I’m somewhat of a newbie to subscription boxes, I have signed up for a few before but I never thought about getting flowers delivered monthly.  I received a medium bouquet of roses, but blooms will be vary monthly.

How does the subscription box work? 

 Bouquets come in three different sizes: Small $34.99/mo, medium $38.99/mo & large 48.99/mo.  They also have different payment plans which – Month to Month, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay and 12 Month Prepay. Prepaid plans will lower the monthly price slightly. Bouquets will be different every month. All plans auto-renew & may be cancelled online at any time.

Where does the flowers come from? 

They are shipped from farms directly to your door.  Blooms come from South Africa, Holland, France, and South America. They are handpicked and delivered fresh.

My take on the service?

My flowers were beautiful, delivered to my front door, thorns removed (except for a few missed ones) All I did was cut the stems slightly under running water and placed in a vase. There were a total of 24 roses 12 were long stemmed and 12 shorter. They lasted a whole week. I think this would make a lovely anniversary gift, especially the 12 month plan.

Here’s how the arrangement looked on day 8.

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Now onto the giveaway. Enter to win a 1 month subscription box to Bloomsy Box below.  Winner will be announced after the giveaway has ended. Open to US Residents. Good luck!

Want to find out more? Visit their website at www.bloomsybox.com for details.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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