As you all know… Owen is growing so fast.
He is by far our tallest baby, maybe not chubbiest 😉 Caleb won that prize, but definitely topping the charts in height.
With this growth comes the possibility of having to move him into a convertible car seat, vs. the infant car seat he currently uses.
He would of course still remain REAR facing.
I think I can squeeze a few more months out of it his infant seat… but for sure by age 1 he will need to move up to something larger.
Currently we have a SAFETY 1st convertible car seat that Taite is using. It is one of those 5lbs-45lb seats. It can be used both REAR and FRONT facing.
Caleb uses a GRACO Nautilus 5-point-harness car seat (goes up to 100 lbs!). Yup, you read right… Caleb at age 6 still rides in a 5 point harness seat. I am not doing this because I think its needed… I really think he’d be fine in a booster. Seeing as hes well over 4 foot tall and weighs 52lbs. He however likes his car seat… He has told is he likes to sleep in it… I guess sleeping in a booster with no sides results in him falling over 🙂
Here we are though at this transition stage again.. and I was going to just put Owen into Taites car seat (rear racing) and then move Taite into Calebs graco, and then Caleb into a grace booster we already had. HOWEVER… It was brought to my attention that “regular” car seats expire every 6 years, just like infant car seats.
I began thinking “well.. ours is fine, it looks great and still functions like it did brand new… “
I hate to junk something that seems in perfect working condition.
I hate to have to spend another $100-$200 on another car seat…
I then read this, and it really did make sense.
“While I can understand the frustration of throwing away something that still looks good, it’s important to understand that the breakdown of a car seat is not something that can always be seen with the naked eye. Car seats are made of plastics. Consider what happens to a plastic toy if it is left outside for some time. The plastic becomes brittle and can develop cracks when stressed. Car seats are subjected to extreme heat and extreme cold while sitting in your vehicle, so the plastics eventually react just like that toy left in the sun. You may not be able to see that the plastic is breaking down, or is more brittle, but that change could be dangerous in a crash when the car seat shell is stressed. It’s far safer for parents to buy a new car seat than to take a chance on a car seat that may be too old to function properly in a crash.”
– learn more about car seats expiring here.
Although Taite’s seat looks fine… it may not be.
Then again you wonder about life when we were kids.. and how we never used these huge car seats… I don’t even remember having to use a booster seat as a child. My husband actually remembers riding in his dads arm as a kid on long trips (in the front by the wheel!)
I think though that we live in a different age now… with lots of knowledge that can be helpful and save lives….These rules may seem a bit much, but they are here to protect our children. People are a lot more distracted in their driving today as well, with cell phones, txting, and who knows what else. The fast pace society we live in I think contributes to a lot more accidents.
So… that being said, I think we may have to buy another car seat :-\ eek… my husbands probably reading this thinking “Great…” – its ok Travis, ill pay for it 🙂 – I love my graco nautilus one Caleb uses A LOT, but Im not sure that one is rear facing? it might be, got to look into it. For now, I think ill move Taite into Calebs, and Caleb into a regular booster, although im sure he will protest to giving up his seat.
I have also made the choice to leave Owen rear facing for longer. I think its safer… I don’t believe we should live in fear… as believers… however, after reading sites LIKE THIS... I would rather be safe than sorry. Whats the rush, you know?
Note: Did you know in Europe some areas recommend children staying rear facing until age 4?! wow… 🙂
*The photo above of the boys has nothing to do with car seats 🙂 I just didnt have a picture to use and didn’t want to be a boring no picture post and really didn’t want to post pictures of car seats, cause – thats boring too*