Let’s Make Sure To Buckle Up All Our Children

Let’s Make Sure To Buckle Up All Our Children

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Let’s talk seriously for a moment shall we? I know how quickly an accident can happen. In the blink of an eye your whole life’s course can be altered. In that blink of an eye everything changes while you are still thinking that it could never happen to me. I know  the devastation of losing someone in a tragic accident, although it was a helicopter accident and not a car accident and I will never wish that feeing on my worst enemy. While Darrell’s death could not be prevented, we as mums have the power to prevent tragedy in our every day lives. Buckle your children up!

In South Africa it is law that we restrain our children in suitable car seats until they are three years old but the reality is that they need to be in a car seat until they are about 12 years old. A seat belt is designed for an adult male of 1,5m tall, so if your child is in an accident wearing just the seat belt the impact will be felt on their organs and not in the correct shoulder and hips of an adult, and could even kill your child in a minor collision. I am so lucky that I just make the cut off being only 5ft. I did however purchase the Be Safe pregnancy belt to adjust my seatbelt over my belly when I was pregnant with Elijah.

The latest statistics from the AA are the only 7 percent of South Africans have their children in car seats. Where are we going wrong? Do we not care? Are we not law abiding citizens? #CarseatFullstop was created by a local Cape Town mom, Mandy Lee Millar as she is so passionate to the cause. When I learnt about #CarseatFullstop I immediately offered to help in some way. I back this cause fully and even if I reach one more person I will have done my job. Of course being me I want to reach out to the whole of South Africa! If you can afford a car you can jolly well afford the best car seat money will buy. Make it a priority. I did.

 

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Elijah is now in an extended rear facing seat, the Maxi Cosi Two Way Pearl. Rear facing has been proved to be so much safer for your little ones. I was so diligent and even bought two seats as Elijah goes to his Grandparents every Tuesday and I do not see the point of having one very safe seat and then a less inferior seat in another car. Accidents can happen at any time and with anyone. The Maxi Two Way Pearl is extended rear facing to 105cm or 18kg whichever comes first, which should see you through till four years old. But who knew I would give birth to a giant. Elijah is already 100cm but only 13kg and he is not even three yet. So I am now starting to look around for his next seat. I really do not feel he is is ready for a high back booster seat and he is definitely not ready for just a plain booster seat. There are two extended rear facing seats till 25kg and 115cm, the Volvo Britax Max-Way car seat  and the Besafe Izi Plus. The Besafe is the #CarSeatFullStop Best Buy and it has one of  the highest scoring etc in the world. Find the results here   The other option would be to forward face him(which I am obviously hesitant to do) and purchase the crash tested Belt Upp system. It is just another belt that goes across the body so that in the unfortunate event of a collision the impact will be distributed more evenly across the little precious body.You can find info on the Beltupp and its crash testing etc here https://www.beltupp.com/child-safety-seat/about/index.html

Beltupp with high back booster

#CarseatFullstop  is something I feel very strongly about and I am so proud to be associated with them. We need to keep our children as safe as we possibly can. South Africa has such a terrible road accident rate. #CarseatFullstop is a very proud retailer for the BeSafe car seat range in South Africa. This means that if you purchase a BeSafe car seat through us, the profits go to maintaining this initiative! If you would like to have your little one as safe as they can be, be sure to join this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/supportcarseatfullstop/ or contact us on besafe@carseatfullstop.org.

With statistics saying that up to 93% of people aren’t strapping in their kids… We ALL know somebody who is adding to that number.

“You have the power to save a little life.
One share, seen by one person, who straps in one child, saves a life.
#CarseatFullstop. Every child. Every time. No matter what.”

 

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  1. Sam.R

    did you know sweaters on car seats is dangerous?

    1. Angela Rea

      Hi Sam. Yes I do. Thanks for saying that as I am the one who normally points it out so this makes me feel not so bad. This is. Knitted cardigan which is actually quite thin. The arms are quite long so it looks bulky.

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