When my mom was a child, everyone smoked, drank and never wore car seats. Now I’m all for the advancement of medicine and science and hair dryers that work faster without frying my hair follicles, but at some point, life begs this question:
Is the world getting scarier, or are we just getting more anal retentive?
I’ve been looking into getting Riker a forward facing carseat. He’s 1 now, and over 20 pounds (he’s a tank, a slender tank, but a tank) and he’s very tall, so his feet stick way out of his little baby seat.
Forward facing car seats, when and where to put your infants into them, are a source of much debate. The American Academy of pediatrics recently changed their recommendations that children not be put in forward facing car seats until they are two. Which is hilarious to me, because at that point Riker will be 3 feet tall and his ankles would be dangling over the back edge of the seat, as he lays propped up like an ‘L’.
Some people say, wait. Some people say, just put them in the forward facing seat. Some people hew closely to the AAP recommendations, some just go for it when they feel like it.
Now, of course, I want to attend closely to my childrens safety. That’s why they sit in, and indeed are buckled into, car seats. But when I started to research some forward facing seats, I found that many are built like tiny sherman tanks, with teflon and head arresters and crazy Nascar racing 5 point harness straps.
I think about when my mom was a child, and kids bounced around the back seat like tiny Yorkies while parents flicked cigarette ash out the window on their way back from cocktail hour. And yes, cars were bigger and there were less drivers on the road and we didn’t all drive like crazy hellions on the freeway and kids were hardier stock yadda yadda yadda. All true. Like I said, I put my kids in car seats, so get off my case.
I know knowledge is power, and scientific advancements save LIVES, and stuff. I want my kids to be as safe as possible, but can we just for a moment consider the fact that perhaps, we’re kind of getting a bit paranoid?
All that said, I’m buying the best car seat I can afford. I mean, this isn’t the 60’s.