A few months ago my hubby and I were driving around when we started chatting about the fact that we would need to upgrade Jett’s car seat from the infant seat to the toddler seat soon. We both agreed that it made no sense to move from the rear facing position to a forward facing position but knew that we would have no choice. I wasn’t comfortable with this and didn’t realise that we even had a choice (as not one baby shop in South Africa stocks anything but forward facing car seats). Not happy to settle, I decided that I would do some internet research when I got home.
Much to my delight, I found a whole rear facing movement on the net when I got home. With research pointing to the fact that rear facing is 500% safer than forward facing, I knew that forward facing was most certainly NOT an option for my boy! Rear facing wasn’t just marginally safer – it is a no brainer.
My next hurdle was trying to work out which seat would be best for us as we couldn’t go and have a look for ourselves. So I spent the next few weeks trawling reviews and finally decided to settle on the Graco MyRide 65. My next step was bargain hunting for the cheapest way to get it to SA. I found an incredible bargain on a pink seat for my boy (I know, I know!) and put it off to a pink seat for mommy’s car 😉 and not a pink seat for my boy. Not that we gender typecast anyways.
I found this awesome video entitled “The Importance of Rear-Facing Version 2” on YouTube today which just shows seeing IS believing. Please pass this video on to help create a demand for rear facing car seats in South Africa.