September is National Child Passenger Safety Month, and as a mommy of four, I of course want my children to be safe in the car. Through the years, we have gone through numerous car seats as our children have grown.
I try to stay on top of what is considered to be best practice in car seat safety. This spring, the American Association of Pediatrics came out with new car seat recommendations that encourage parents to keep their young children rear-facing until age 2 or the highest limit for their seat.
Joel, 15 months, recently grew out of his infant seat and, thanks to Graco, we have been able to try out a new My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat.
According to the product information on the Graco website:
My Ride 65 stays rear-facing up to 40 lbs. – longer than most other car seats in the US. Then, it secures your forward-facing child in a 5-point harness until he is 65 lbs. (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends your child stay harnessed as long as possible). Other features like EPS, energy absorbing foam, side-impact testing*, removable infant insert and toddler headrest help keep your child snug and secure on all his journeys.
*Side-impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system.
Joel seems to like his new seat. We have taken some longer-ish road trips (3 hours) and he has been able to sleep comfortably. Sydney tried it out when I first took in out of the box, and she said it was comfy. There is a removable infant positioner that is nice and cushy for the tiniest ones, and two cupholders for the bigger guys. Joel is able to grab his sippy out of the cupholder and, in theory, can put it back, too!
I like Joel’s new seat because he can remain rear-facing for a while still. My kids tend to be tall and skinny, so I anticipate him growing out of this seat because of his height before he is too heavy for it.
As far as the all-important ease of installation, I found it to be relatively easy. It was not as easy as his previous seat, the Infant SafeSeat, which had a nice seatbelt locking clip incorporated into the base. But it is definitely easier to install than some other seats we have owned.
Graco has a bunch of helpful videos on their site to assist parents in the proper installation of car seats. If you have any question whether your child’s seat is installed correctly, I encourage you to check out their videos.
Good news! Graco has kindly offered to let one of my readers win your very own My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat! U.S. addresses only.
To enter (mandatory), leave me a comment and tell me something you love or hate about your child’s current car seat.
For additional entries,
- Follow Occupation: Mommy in a reader (leave me a comment telling me you did so, or that you already do)
- Follow me on twitter @occupationmommy AND tweet about the contest (leave me a comment)
So you can have up to three entries for this fabulous giveaway!
Please make sure that you either leave your email address in your comment or that your email is attached to your Blogger profile so I can contact you. Winner has 48 hours to respond with his/her mailing address, or another winner will have to be drawn. Contest ends Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.
Come back each day this week for my series on child car safety!
Monday: Why I’m a Car Seat Fanatic
Tuesday: Infant Car Seats
Wednesday: Tips for Toddler Car Seat Safety
Thursday: Car Seats for Preschoolers
Friday: Car Safety for Older Kids
Disclaimer: I was provided a free car seat by Graco for review purposes, and another to give away. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.