This is something that has been on my mind- a lot lately and it's madening to me. It blows my mind and if I'm completely honest, it makes my blood boil. It's car seat safety. Are you serious Abbey? Really?? You are doing a link up and a series and you want to talk about it? YES!
Let me back up, when Frank and I were dating, he worked at the North Charleston Fire Department. He responded to a horrific accident that involved a grandma, mom and two small children. Annabelle and Emma Kate's age, maybe a little older, maybe. Long story short, the babes were not in carseats. Like, they were in the carseat but the carseat was not installed to the car and the children were not fastened in. They were projected out of the car and onto the interstate. It was VERY VERY messy. I won't go into the details because we keep it PG around here. Between the dad showing up to the scene and the fire department restraining him and Frank driving the ambulance to MUSC and then recieved counceling over what he saw, touched and cried over. I mean ugly cry, on my bed, on my couch, in my arms, for days, weeks, months. This is not something to be taken lightly.
|Proper strap placement.|
|I actually took this picture on purpose to show improper strap placement. AB was wiggley when we buckled her in and we didn't realize it was so loose. She was mad when I reached back there to mess with her!|
Infant seating is so important. Don't disregard them just because they are turned around! They need snug straps as well as proper reclining.
If you did not marry a firefighter who knows how to install a carseat or are concerned that you have not installed your carseat properly, please make sure that you read the directions! They are not that difficult, or you can "youtube" your installing directions and watch a short clip. I know, it's like you need an engineering degree for all this baby gear, but it's worth making sure that your babe is safe and you can have a peace of mind, I'm just sayin!!
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