I am part of the extraordinary #CarseatFullstop team who is working hard to create car seat safety awareness. BUT, I am by no means superhuman. I have made some pretty careless mistakes. And I have struggled with buckling up my stubborn kid.
There was a period when we were waiting for the bank to repossess our car. There was a lot of uncertainty as to when they might come, so we had to be prepared. At first they said today, then tomorrow… they never came. But we’d stripped the car of all our things, including the car seat, not expecting to drive it ever again. In the midst of the waiting, we had to go to the shop. It was a mere 2-minute drive away, so we thought – no biggie, our kid, Axl, can sit in the back.
Very quickly, we had undone the habit of him getting into his car seat. Almost 3 months later, we still struggle to get him in. I am not talking about 2 minutes of whining, giving up, buckling in and off we ride. Nope. I am talking about 30 minutes of death-screams that lead to hyperventilation, vomiting and kicking. And neighbors poking their noses out of the window, to see if I am beating my kid.
I’m the first to admit that I am not a perfect mom. I had Axl when I was 20. I knew little about car seats, breastpumps and all the other accessories that accompany a pooping, bundle of joy. The importance of car seats wasn’t clear to me. While we always had one for Axl, since birth, I sort of approached it as an optional thing. And then I started seeing a friend’s outrage at careless parents. It wasn’t until we were pulling out of our complex, when a car came centimeters from knocking us (Axl wasn’t in the car, FYI) that I realised I needed to start taking this whole thing a lot more seriously.
So instead of harping on about the things you already know like how your kid should be in a carseat no matter what, I am going to answer the excuse a lot of moms have been using.
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