What it’s REALLY like to Transition your Toddler from a Car Seat to a Booster Seat

As most of you know, my son recently turned 4 years old in June. After weeks and weeks of talking to my husband prior to his birthday about how big he is and how he is outgrowing his car seat, we decided to make the transition to a Booster Seat.

I know! Oh my gosh!

These days, you have to seriously consider every option when considering life changing decisions for your kids. Questions like; When you start solid foods? When to change their car seat? Should I let my son do karate? Is now, in line to check out, really the time to let my kid have a tantrum, or do I go straight to monster mom? Should I switch him to a booster seat?

Unfortunately, the world expects you to do what they want you to do. They want you to raise your children exactly the same way they raised theirs. The days of “Mom instinct” are gone!

So, of course, when considering to transition my son, I got major anxiety about it. But my son kept telling me, “Mom! It’s squishing me! Mom! My weenie hurts! Mom!” I felt so bad! I would loosen the straps to relieve some of the pressure, but then it was too loose for my comfort on his shoulders.

Finally, I said screw it! I looked at the height and weight of the seat he was in versus the booster I wanted to get. He met the requirements for the booster, even though he still met the requirements for the car seat too. I looked it up online and finally decided to ask his pediatrician when he went in for his 4-year wellness check up.

Check out my post about the MEAN kid! http://wp.me/p8aYjD-dz

What his pediatrician said surprised me!

He said, “Well, what do you think? What is your gut telling you?” I thought about that for a second. Part of me wanted to snap back with, “What the hell are the regulations?” But instead, I told him that I wanted to move him into a booster seat for ease and comfort.

So he told me to do it! He said, and I quote, “Mothers are starting to ignore their maternal instinct to do what is “right” by other moms. Don’t let society tell you how to raise your child.” He then went on to tell me that if he meets the requirements for the booster seat, then there must have been tests on that booster seat to make it safe for children of his age, height, and weight.

Well, that was good enough for me!

So we switched it, and about a month later I found this article about “When should my child switch from a car seat to a booster seat?” from Baby Center. This quote is from their article.

“You can safely switch your child to a booster seat if she’s at least 4 years old and she weighs 40 pounds or more or has grown too tall for her car seat (when her shoulders are higher than the top set of harness-strap slots in the car seat’s back).” -Stephanie Tombrello Child passenger safety specialist

That is exactly what happened to my son! He weighs about 40-42 lbs, his shoulders were right at the harness-strap slots, and he is 4 years old! Plus, he is a boy, and it was hurting his boy parts… That is reason enough for me. I want my son to be comfortable!

In conclusion…

I am not going to ask for your opinions on this because frankly, I am just going to follow my own instincts and ignore all of your suggestions anyway.

BUT, I do want to know, what are the funniest things your children have said to you! I want to write a post about the craziest things we hear come out of their tiny mouths.

My personal favorite is, “Mommy, why are people fat?

10 MORE Reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood

Yes, you read that right. 10 MORE reasons!

If you are reading this and haven’t read my first post; 10 Reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood, then you need to click that link right now… When you are done, come back and enjoy 10 MORE reasons!

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Don’t mind my face. I like to partake in #nomakeupsaturdays

This week has been super crazy busy. Work was crazy and I have been busy every day after work. So I haven’t put much time into my blog this week. I don’t feel bad about it though. A lot of my time was spent Rocking Motherhood! Literally.

For example, today I took my son to an indoor bounce house park! It was a lot of fun! All of the pictures you will see in today’s posts are from that adventure.

Dino teethIt was just the two of us, and we went wild! There were a lot of bounce houses in there that “big” adults can’t go on. When I first asked if I can play with my son, the young teen at the counter didn’t even hesitate to say yes! I was so excited, I didn’t even read the rules. I was “too big” to play, but that girl didn’t know that! Bless her young heart. She made my day by inadvertently calling me skinny and letting me have one of the best days off with my kiddo. Thank you!

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Now, why don’t we just dive in, shall we?

  1. I have full conversations with my son.
    1. Since day one, I have talked to my son about everything. I involve him in decisions, and I ask him complex questions. It’s important to me that he learns conversational skills.
  2. He gets a cookie when we go to the store.
    1. Our grocery store bakery gives out free cookies to young shoppers. It’s become sort of a tradition to get one every time they are available.
  3. I co-parent with my husband.
    1. My husband and I talk about every decision involving our son. When he asks for something, we make sure that both of us are on the same page. We are a team.
  4. I NEVER blame my husband or undermine his decisions.
    1. Sometimes we are not both around to discuss and coordinate our decisions. If for some reason I don’t agree with what my husband has settled on, I never undermine his decision by changing it or telling my son his dad was wrong. I support my husband, even if he is wrong. Ha!
  5. I teach my son manners.
    1. Not only Please and Thank you, but holding doors open, asking to be excused, and things like that.
  6. I use my shirt, his shirt, his dad’s shirt, any shirt to wipe his nose.
    1. Sometimes you don’t have a tissue around. That doesn’t mean I am going to let my son walk around with boogers on his face!
  7. I make my son clean up his toys.
    1. He hates it, but some day he will be thankful that I taught him to respect his things and pick up after himself.
  8. It’s not ALWAYS on the Disney Channel.
    1. My son likes to watch things on channels like Animal Planet, History, Discover, etc. I want him to know that there are more things to watch than Disney.
  9. A lot of the time it’s on the Disney Channel.
    1. But let’s be honest, Disney is life! So yes, we watch a lot of the Disney Channel in this house!
  10. We teach him about sports.
    1. Not all sports. Just the most important ones. Like Baseball, Football, and NASCAR. You know, the important ones, lol!

King of the world

Now real quick, since this weekend is Mother’s Day; and since I am obviously a mother… I thought that instead of a Sunday Spotlight, I would post this today. I love posts like this one! Do you?

So, no Sunday Spotlight post this week, but we will pick back up next week!

Tell me YOUR greatest accomplishment this past week!