Last year, I was sent an email forward of this YouTube video. It broke my heart for the family that lost their son.
My oldest daughter is the size of a six year old and she is 4. I've kept her in her Britax Marathon (up to 65lbs and 49" tall) even though she is tall and weighed enough for a booster. I've met some moms that are in a rush to get their kids into booster seats, either because a younger child needs their current 5 point harness carseat or they feel their children are ready. I'm even disappointed to mention a mom that I know (who's husband is a state trooper) had her 3 year old in a booster with out a back. I cringed every time I saw their car pull up. Not to mention it is against the LAW in Colorado to have a 3 year old in a booster.
This weekend, I purchased a booster to have for my daughter for short trips around town in our second vehicle. I still don't feel comfortable with her in it. 95% of the time she still rides in her Britax. I feel like it's a risk we take driving our vehicles everyday and I need to be proactive about keeping my children as safe as they can be under all circumstances.
Even though I try my hardest, I can never escape the memories or the reality of car accidents. This is what happened to Sj & I on a casual weekday morning on our way to Whole Foods a few years ago. A woman, didn't see us coming and turned left in front of me. I tried to avoid her, but obviously at 35mph, I couldn't. All of us were unharmed, thank goodness. The impact is still at the front of my mind, every single day when I get into my car.
Please put your child's safety in mind and question if your carseat or booster seat practices are the safest you can offer your precious little one. Don't second guess your maternal intuition.
Foundation Started By Kyle's Parents