Becoming a CPST

I’d been a Child Passenger Safety advocate since my oldest daughter was little. At her first birthday, she was 18 lbs — below even the lowest limits for rear-facing. That inspired me to explore the safest options for her. I stumbled onto the facts around extended rear-facing in time to keep her seat backward until around her 4th birthday.

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The Saga of my Third Row

We bought my Mazda 5 when my youngest daughter was on the way. I loved how roomy it is, how it has 3 rows, and most of all, those sliding doors. It’s narrow enough that I can park in the skinniest parking spaces and still unload both of my kids without trouble.

Seven year old Val normally rides in a high-backed booster
Seven year old Val normally rides in a high-backed booster
Most of the time, my daughters ride in captain’s chairs in the second row. This works out fine because those seats are adjacent to my beloved sliding doors so it’s easy to get them in and out. But sometimes, we have company in the car and somebody needs to move to the third row for a while.

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Wrapeaze — Wonderful Winter Wear

Living in Minnesota, I am constantly on the lookout for winter wear options for my children, especially options that are safe for use in their child restraints. Child restraint manufacturers (and the laws of physics) prohibit the use of bulky clothing items while using a restraint. Since many popular winter wear items are too thick, interfere with proper harness fit, and create the risk of ejection from the restraint, it can be a challenge to find clothing that keeps your little one warm, without being a hassle or a hazard.

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Foonf Spa Day

We’ve had our Foonf for a while now. Seeing it in the sunlight recently made me realize that it was time for a good cleaning. My 4 year old daughter has a fondness for eating in the car. This replaces her fondness for screaming in the car; so sometimes there’s a buildup of snack debris in her car seat.

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