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?

DIY Christmas Edition

Let’s Do This!

I’ve done a lot of DIYing lately and I promised to show you all how it’s done. Today’s post will have different “sections” to it. First, I want to tell you how I make my homemade spa care stuff, then I want to show you cute DIY Christmas gifts, and lastly, how to make your own fun social media posts.

I love to just drop a bath bomb in a hot bath and sink into it.

This recipe is so customize-able! Use whatever essential oils you want, then use the bath bomb that is going to fit your mood or need. My skin is so soft and silky smooth after one of these baths! I just love it!

The biggest question I got from the giveaway was how to make the Root Beer body scrub. Well here is how! I use a blend from Eden’s Garden called “Root Beer”. In my opinion, it smells just like the drink! Here is a link to where you can buy this blend. I love it because it is great for sore muscles and grounding yourself. It would be great in a bath bomb too!

http://www.edensgarden.com/products/root-beer

My favorite secret is this delicious, SUPER EASY, lip scrub.

I discovered it when I first started using Lipsense. They tell you to exfoliate your lips often, so I found this easy, yummy, and effective lip scrub. You just have to try it!

This is an easy one! All you need is bottled Root Beer (Or regular for your adult friends), a hot glue gun, red puffs, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes! The rest is self explanatory! I love how easy and cute this idea is. It’s pretty cheap too! For those crafty moms, you probably already have most of this in your house.

 

This last craft is very near and dear to my heart. Our local fire department has been so good to our family, and especially to Tod. We printed a picture he took with them and made them this cute survival kit for Christmas. Very easy, but can become pricey depending on how many you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I wanted to share this hidden gem that I found. I wanted to make custom graphics for my blog and Facebook. I found the site Canva and fell in love! I don’t pay for the upgrade, but you can. Even with all the free stuff, it’s so easy to use and they give you a ton of pre-made templates to use! You can use it for everything! Posters, Social Media posts, blog graphics, the works! Go check it out! https://www.canva.com/