My daughter was 12 months old, weighing a tiny 11kgs when I put her forward facing. I gathered she had grown out of her infant car seat and she was big enough now to be in the next stage up and surely, big enough to face forward.
I left my job working in logistics when my daughter was 16 months old and joined Born Fabulous.
Not only did my life change in the sense of what I was doing career wise, but my daughter’s life changed too. On my second day working at Born Fabulous, I was asked to watch a few videos, start learning about different brands, the products available and get to know what the company did and why. I took the brands and started working down the list. BeSafe was next.
Car Seats. I knew this. I use one daily. In a moment, everything I thought I knew about car seats changed.
- There is more than just a Group 0+, infant/baby car seat. You have toddler and child car seats.
- You can protect your baby from day one, with a pregnancy belt and should deactivate the airbag if you place your child on the front passenger seat.
- Winter jackets should be taken off before placing a child in a car seat.
- Second-hand car seats need to be assessed adequately for any prior damage and if your car seat has been in an accident, it needs to be replaced.
- Rear facing is recommended for as long as possible (Up till 4 years of age) and children should be in an appropriate car seat up till the age of 12 years old.
- You have seat belted options and isofix bases.
- There are crash test safety ratings and there are extended rear facing car seats available.
- Car seats work according to the weight and height of a child.
- The straps of a child need to be tight and secured as possible and the headrest of a car chair should be adjusted regularly to ensure your child is protected adequately.
Number one rule when buying a car seat; do your research. The information available on car seats carried on for what seemed like weeks.
Video after video, page after page, I read it all. My mind was completely blown.
I went back to the team with tears. But the reaction was the opposite of what I anticipated. Had I made a mistake, yes. Could I change it, yes!
I moved my daughter back to rear – facing and placed her into the correct car seat for her height and weight. I made a promise that I will continue to read up about the importance of car seat safety.
I joined support groups on Facebook and quickly learned that there are other moms out there like me. They too didn’t have the correct knowledge about car seats. I also learnt that many moms can’t afford car seats but there are organisations that can help.
BeSafe Pregnancy Belt
With my second pregnancy, I wore my BeSafe pregnancy belt the day my blood tests confirmed I was expecting. The BeSafe Pregnancy belt guides away the hip belt from the stomach and baby. In a pregnancy, the baby is positioned far forward and can be put under a lot of strain in the event of an accident or collision.
What I especially loved about the BeSafe pregnancy belt, is that it was comfortable for me to use during my ordinary day to day driving. It has also been tested in accordance with ECE R16.
This time around, I knew more so I could do better.
If you would like to know more, read about car seat safety on besafe.com or visit your BeSafe Retailer.