Saturday I seized the moment and ran a few errands with out the children in tow. Late in the afternoon, I found myself smack dab in the middle of a Baby Superstore.
We all know who is in a Baby Superstore on a Saturday afternoon. Expecting parents, new parents, and doting new grandparents. Oh and me, picking up humidifier filters, which is the only reason I visit this Baby Superstore. The energy in the place was buzzing with excitement.
Pregnant moms were checking out the "most adorable Halloween costumes they had ever seen". Ever. Big husky dad's were contorting themselves into the straps of baby carriers, with the urging from their wives, raging with hormones, on the cusp of delivery. Then there were adorable itty bitty newborns, all bundled up, with coordinating blankets over their infant carriers, the new parents peeking at them around every turn, for their first public outting.
Expecting parents were armed with little scanning guns. Contemplating the smallest details from color, size, this one or that one. Choosing all the latest and greatest gadgets. I would love to give them my perspective on all those gadgets, but I refrain. I want to whisper in their ears, please go out to a leisurely dinner, go see a movie. Take a nap. Instead I smile at them, in love, relishing the moment of becoming parents.
I grabbed my two items, replacement humidifier filters and headed over to the booster seat section. My soon to be five year old is just about an inch away from moving out of her Britax Marathon. A five point carseat. Yes, my daughter commonly mistaken for a six year old, still rides in a carseat. It's the safest place for her, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I didn't see the Britax Frontier, but noticed an employee. I made my way over to inquire if they would be carrying it soon.
At the same time, a couple with an eleven month old approached the department specialist. Their son was ready to move into a big boy carseat and they were in desperate need for advice. I was surprised when the employee took them to the boosters, instead of the carseat section.
She went into her spiel about boosters and how to not bother buying a regular carseat. I could tell the parents were overwhelmed. Their son was small for eleven months and he would have been swimming in her recommendation. The mom asked if the back lowered because it just, "seems so big".
Now technically, I was not eavesdropping, but standing on the fringe of this couple's inquiries. I was patiently waiting for my turn. I grabbed the opportunity to ask about the Frontier, which they don't think they will carry until the new year. I walked away, grabbing a closer look at another 5 point harness booster seat, Graco Nautilus, the alternative that was rated very well.
Then there was a moment, a moment when the inquiring mom made eye contact with me. I couldn't stay silent. I said hello to the mom, mentioned how all the choices are overwhelming, then I looked her in the eye and said please do your research. Carseats are one of the most important investments you will make as a parent. She asked, so I told her about our carseat choices.
When I walked away, I felt content knowing that I shared my opinion with an impressionable mother. Knowing that I would have regretted not speaking up to that mother for the rest of the night.
My post on Booster Seats vs. Five Point Harness.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Child Passenger, Safety Program, webpage.
Car Seat Safety webpage.
Please I urge you, to do your research as well.