Did you know you can have a safe car seat in more ways than one? In my quest for the “next step up” from infant car seat to convertible car seat, I discovered a website which tests the seats and rates them based on the level of chemicals such as lead, bromine and chlorine they contain. I really didn’t know we even had the option to find one with fewer (or no) chemicals, and just assumed we’d be choosing based on safety ratings and friends and family recommendations. This is one of those areas where I thought- well, even though he’ll be exposed to the plastic off gassing and chemicals in the fabric, this is why we feed him organic food and use only natural skin care on him; the areas we can control help to offset the areas we can’t. But I don’t have to settle and neither do you! Check out This Convertible Car Seat.
Now I don’t have to hope he holds his breath or doesn’t chew on the straps every time I put him his seat, which makes for a healthier, more relaxed mommy.
Have you heard the story about the man who lost his wallet and loved it so much more when he found it than he had before? I had a similar experience last week which reminded me that I need to share my love of the Moby wrap with you. I was starting to feel like maybe I shouldn’t carry my 23 pound 7 month old so much and transition him to the stroller. (Why I was feeling this way, I don’t know- sometimes crazy thoughts creep into my head) Of course I know that babywearing is ideal, especially for the first 9 months! Anyway, I was readying to leave my apartment, feeling apathetic towards my wrap, which mysteriously I couldn’t find. I then realized I had left it on our roof terrace the night before, which threw me into a panicky whirlwind of running up to the roof searching for it, then down to the doorman to ask them if anyone had turned it in, to then finally finding the porter who cleans the terrace every morning. He said, “That was yours? It’s in the garbage!” He quickly went to the trash room, tore open the bag, and saved my beer soaked Moby from an early demise. I was SO relieved. I couldn’t use it on that outing, and my baby and I missed it the whole time. I couldn’t wait to get home to wash it (a few times!) and use it again later that afternoon. Aaah. Our favorite mode of transport, babywearing. What was I thinking? I guess I needed this wake-up call!
Here are links to some of my favorite carriers: