Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Car Seat Law in 2014 & Simple Car Seat Resource

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has released new laws about car seat safety starting in 2014.  The law in itself is a little difficult to understand, however the basic premise is: if your child's weight plus the weight of the car seat is over 65 lbs, then do NOT use the LATCH system of attaching the car seat to the car, you should use only the seat belt to attach the seat to the car according to the manufacture's instructions.  The only exclusion is that if a top tether is available to use, you should continue using it with the seat belt, as this top tether will help keep the seat secure and limit movement in the event of a crash, but as always be sure to follow the instructions that came with your seat.

It is also important to note that you should never use both the LATCH system and the seat belt system at the same time because using both can cause failure in the event of a crash.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Party Deprived-- Advice Needed

Dear Experienced Parents,
My darling husband and I are party deprived, yes I know this is a first world problem, but it is nevertheless bothersome.  Before baby, we were semi-regulars on the going-out circuit and even when I was pregnant I trudged along (maybe rolled a bit) and enjoyed myself as best I could.  However, I really miss a good party, and I am thinking of New Years Eve and the challenge that I do want to celebrate it with baby because he is a HUGE part of what we are celebrating, but I don't know how to do this and still see your friends?  All advice is sought and wanted, and I can't wait to hear from you all.

Party Deprived New Momma

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Monday, November 11, 2013

News about Best Fitting Booster Seats

While, I am not here yet with William, this is good info to know for all my readers who have "littles" who are getting bigger but not big enough or old enough for just a car's seat belt.

IIHS names best fitting booster seats for 2013

More seats than ever receive top rating from IIHS

Booster seat safety ratings released: Inside the report's results

Edited: I just found a updated newsletter where there is a list of car seat and booster seat recalls from SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.; you can like them on Facebook too.