|keeping kids entertained with|
When E arrived, the Chicco Keyfit was passed on to him. E is still using it - although at 10 months, he is slowly outgrowing it. We have a spare Britax Boulevard ready for E. However, my problem with the Britax is that it needs a tether to be rear-facing. I have yet to find the tethers for our cars. Trivia: Did you know that car seats have expiration dates? You can check your car seat's expiry date on the label that's usually stuck on the side of the seat or in the inner label. Our Keyfit was manufactured in 2007 and has a 6 year life. So it is good until 2013 and by that time, E will be in the Britax. Read this link to learn why car seats have expiration dates.
|a Spinkie Little Friends Squeakie Toy|
Instead of purchasing car seats, some people act as their children's car seat or have yaya seat the child on their laps. However, according to this Crash Test Packet used in a mechanical engineering dynamics course at the University of Utah, "[o]ne of the most dangerous places in a car for a child is on the lap or in the arms of an adult. Children can be crushed by adults in a collision, and/or may not be restrained properly by an adult."
|and an Isabel Rag Doll|
With E, we are still in the crying session period - there are times when he forgets that he is in the car seat but there are times when he simply refuses to be distracted and just cries and cries ....! So, yes, I take him out, comfort him but put him back again when he settles down. It also helps that we bring books and toys for the kids to keep them busy. We also keep an adult at the back with the kids. So if I drive, yaya sits at the back with the 2 kids and no one sits beside me in front. If you don't have a yaya, one alternative is to provide a "fake seatmate" for your child by strapping in a doll or stuffed toy beside him/her.
Some argue that because people drive slowly here, there is no need for car seats. Yes, people drive slower and we do not have freeways. But we have more aggressive drivers than defensive drivers. So consider that before you exclude car seats from your registry or shopping list for baby.
Final note - as much as I love babywearing, I will emphasize that baby carriers are NOT replacement for car seats.
*Thank you to Mothering Earthlings for the knick knacks to keep N and E busy in their car seats! ;)