I am sure many of you aware of my thoughts on car seats and if you are not here is a quick over view:
- Both my 6 year old and 4 year old are in 5 point harness seats and they will be until they reach the max weight limit and then its highback booster till they out grow that and then its the booster (and if they are still in a 5 point when they are 8 that is fine with me)
- Our 20 month old is rear facing and in a 5 point and she will be rear facing until she no longer can be.
Why am I bringing this up? Well reading through hubby paper he stumbled upon an article yesterday on USA Today (Most parents fail Car Seat safety Test Article) and shared it with me. I am a stickler for car seat safety, I am the one that people dread that says “hey tighten your baby’s straps, they aren’t safe like that” if the straps are lose and the one who bluntly says to her friends “You need to fix that it is not going to do any thing set up like that” and I will admit that the reaction from people is not always “Ok thanks” and many times ends up with a backlash of “it is my kid” type reactions it is still something I feel very strongly about (which is why I am sharing it with you today).
When I share deals with you on carseats as you have probably noticed they are the top of the line seats, they are the seats that do have a pretty big price tag on them even when they are on sale and while the average frugal person may think that is expensive I do not. I see it as the most frugal thing I can do as a parent by having my children in the best seats possible. That is why you see the deals for them and may not agree that they are a deal, but the results of not having a high quality seat are not something that I can bear to think about.
But it is not just the seat that is important, it is important to make sure that you have your seat in properly and there are many places that you can go to get your seat checked to make sure that it is installed properly. Your local fire department, hospital, and police station can check your seat, just call them and ask when you can come in to get it checked. There are also car seat safety checks that are offered in many communities for free, and while you might think you have it in right it may not be and it doesn’t hurt to have your seat checked.
I know you may be reading this thinking, Oh my frugal blogger talking mommy talk, but before being frugal, a couponer, a wife, a blogger and anything else I am a mom and the safety of my children comes first. And when it comes to luxury items, the most important luxury item in our house is our children’s car seats.
National Seat Check Day is Saturday September 24, 2011 and you can find locations through out the country that are offering free car seat checks.