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500% Safer – That’s Why We Rear Face! (& A Must See Video)

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.

 

 

A few of my favourite things – A list I wish I had BEFORE more baby was born

My attempt in this post is purely to summarise a few great products I have stumbled upon that have helped make my life and/or my boy’s life a little more easier, convenient, or just super fun….Some of which took many trials and errors before finding the right fit for us…. Maybe I one day will need to refer back to this list 😉 It will surely save me a tonne of time…

1) Hot water flask at the changing station (no cold bums for babies)

2) Calendula baby massage oil from a great homeopath who prepares birthing kits for moms-to-be

3) Calendula Plus by Natura for nappy rashes. This was my absolute first choice but as this product was so absolutely impossible to get hold of, I had to look for an alternative so I found Badger Bum Balm which I am so in love with – works for better than anything I have tried…

4) Xgel xylitol paste for cleaning babies gums and teeth

5) Momi Baby Bags is a South African company which have amazing baby bags that are actually big enough to pack in just about anything… including many reusable pocket nappies which brings me to another favourite…

6) Bum Genius Diapers (we have version 3.0 which use velcro fasteners and I think I would have preferred the snap button system but still love, love, love them)

7) Woolies have fantastic nursing bras that don’t make you feel like a complete frump

8) Badgers Sunscreen and Sunbara Sunscreen are the only two sunscreens that I have found which are actually free from parabens and carcinogens….

9) Ju-Ju-Be nappy bags

10) Graco MyRide 65 convertible car seat. As South Africa isn’t exactly au fait with rear-facing car seats (even though they are 500% safer than forward-facing car seats), it took me weeks of online research to find what I thought would be the right product – So I only have the one to compare but I am very happy with the product…

11) Rescue Remedy Spray

12) Teething Troubles www.theresaremedyforthat.com is a nifty spray bottle for teething that is all natural and work a charm…. Boots also stocks a chamomile homeopathic remedy which is also very handy…

13) w-last offers an awesome natural teething gel and mozzie cream that works nicely on bites

14. The Pegasus Blue Box first Aid kit is a must

15. Glamour mom nursing tops are just fantastic but a local company Peek-a-moo is offers a similar product

16. I just love our Baby Bjorn and our Crystal Baby Wrap which is a fantastic aid for attachment parenting… Jett weighs 10.5kg and I am still happily carrying him around (which I am sure my Chiro Claire either loves *or hate*)

17. The Baby Book by Dr William Sears

18. Gnld laundry detergent (Sharon Plaskitt +27 (083-408-7371)

19. I just love my charm that I wear everyday that boasts Jett’s fingerprint. A moment captured in time Little Fingerprints

I will keep adding to this list until I think I am up to date with my favs, and then I intend to keep it current.

Till then…night-night x