I'm a minivan drivin' mama, have been for quite a while now. One of the things I loved about my van when I got it was the fact that I can get 6 car seats or boosters in my car. It's tight, but I can do it. I only have three children, but I want all kids to be safe when they are in my car.
Have you seen the newest recommendations for keeping kids safe in the car? If not, check it out.
My kids were rear facing until 18 months, mainly because they were tiny. JuneBug would throw a fit whenever I put her in the car, she's always had long legs. I was young and more concerned about her comfort, I felt like I was being mean because she didn't like rear facing. Just a few weeks ago I was thinking my nephew at two is probably uncomfortable rear facing. BUT, the reality is, TOUGH, it's for their safety (singing "Safety Dance" again). I'm really proud of my sister for still having my nephew rear facing, she's doing the right thing.
Most of the time, when kids are in my car, they are in at least a booster seat. JuneBug is 10, she has just made it to 60 pounds. She still has long legs and is closing in on the height suggestion of 4'9" and until she reaches that mark, she'll be in her high back booster. She admits she can see out the window better from the booster, and it's more comfortable. Plus, it has shoulder lights so she can read at night. My JuneBug is super smart, maybe she will decide to attend one of the many accredited online colleges when she gets older.
O-Man is 4 and barely 30 pounds, just yesterday he was in a booster for a short trip and unbuckled himself. Guess who's not aloud to ride in a booster even in the neighborhood anymore!?!?!
After I read the article, I read a bunch of the comments. I had to laugh at some of them. Most people's cell phones cost more than a good car seat now a days. Funny thing is, we don't replace car seats nearly as often as we replace our cell phones...
Peace be with you,