Every single time we get in the car, my almost-three-year-old tells me that the straps are too tight. But, really, they’re just as they should be. She just doesn’t like being constrained. She’s a free spirit, after all. She likes to run and leap and let the wind blow through her hair.
So, I keep the straps safe and snug – and we get on our way. She is generally quiet in the car – thoughtful, observant. But sometimes she sings or asks questions. And she gets excited when we go under tunnels or on bendy roads.
The best thing about almost three-year-olds is that you can have full conversations with them.
She and I talk. We really talk. About what to eat for lunch and how to help others and why it’s important to brush our teeth.
Her intellect often astonishes me. She picks up on so much. She teaches me something new almost every single day. Truth be told, I like hanging out with her – in the car or otherwise.
She’s funny. She’s fearless. She’s my friend.
* She is riding in Safety 1st’s new Air Protect car seat. The Air Protect™ technology shields children from side impact intrusion and immediately reduces crash forces at the most critical spot: around a child’s head. At first, I wondered if my daughter would be bothered by those massive “wings” around her head, but she didn’t say a thing. In fact, she seems to much prefer this car seat to her old one.
My husband and I also prefer it because it is narrower than most other convertible seats on the market – a good thing when you’re trying to smoosh two car seats into the backseat of a Toyota Camry.
The Air Protect car seat works in both the rear-facing and forward-facing mode for 5 lb. babies all the way up to 50 lb. preschoolers. It retails for $249.99 and is available exclusively at Babies R Us & Toys R Us. The seat is comfortable, the colors are stylish, and – most importantly – the safety ratings are high. I recommend it.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Safety 1st car pack, which includes: a See Baby Soft Mirror, a Secure View Mirror, a Soft Solution Roller Shade, a “Baby on Board” window sign, and a $25 gas gift card. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Sunday, September 6th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #17 Sara. Congratulations!