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Monday, August 27, 2012

We take a break from the birthday festivities to bring you a major facepalm!

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/08232012-car-seats-my-son-will-be-forward-facing-at-1/

This ^^^ instantly made me facepalm... then I read some of the comments, and I felt like banging my head against a brick wall. No joke.

First and foremost, this comment...
"Kaylab says:
I turned my son front facing after he turned three months. It wasn’t a tough decided. I had to get back to work and I didnt feel comfortable driving and not being able to see him through my rear-view mirror. The made much more sense to me! I was able to see if he spitup, fell asleep or simple playing with himself.
I just made sure he was securely strapped in and that the base was also secure. I couldn’t imagine doing the rare-facing thing for too long."
Ahhh 3 months?!? How did she even get a base to forward face?? There is absolutely no way that car seat was properly installed! Not that I expected it to be from someone like that. I mean, "it wasn't a tough decision" after all. Facepalm times infinity!

I also love how the original poster tries to claim that she hits his head every time. My car is 14 years old, so very tiny, and my son is huge, and I don't hit his head every time. I'm not going to lie, I have a couple of times when I was in a hurry and not paying as much attention as I should have been, but as long as I watch what I'm doing, I can easily make sure not to bump his head. I swear these people will come up with anything to justify themselves. 
If she's so worried about his head, you'd think she'd rear-face him longer, huh? Double standard much?? 

And seriously, she makes all moms look bad by using the "distracted driver" excuse! Every. single. mom. out there goes through this. She is not alone by any means. We have all dealt with the screaming, kicking, pooping, puking, whatever the case may be, child in the backseat. 
The first time Grace really threw up, we were in the car. I was driving, and going about 70. I heard a strange noise and looked back to see her projectile vomiting all over creation. If there was ever going to be a time that a mama got so distracted that she became a dangerous driver, this was going to be it! My first experience with my baby really throwing up had to be in the car. What did I do? I calmly pulled off to the emergency lane and slowly came to a stop. THEN I panicked, lol. 
Her kid is not going to be any less of a distraction forward facing. And, as a mama, we all know that it becomes more of a routine than a distraction. If she can't handle driving with her kid in the car, she needs to quit driving. Her turning him around is not magically going to make her a better driver. 

I just want to give a shout out to this woman...
"Elizabeth says:
I just can’t see switching for ease/convenience when they are safer rear facing."
Someone with some sense!!
Oh wait... I found another...
"kara says:
I’m going to straight up judge you. My daughter is a carseat screamer as well and always has been. She is rearfacing in a convertible carseat in my TWO DOOR honda civic. In order to get her in and out, I have to pull up the front seat,pick her up, climb back there with her, buckle her, climb back out,and adjust the front seat when I get in to drive. I’m a busy single mom and having her rear facing in my 2door is INCREDIBLY inconvenient, but it is MUCH SAFER and I have no problem doing it because my convenience (or not having to listen to a screaming toddler) does not even come into play in a safety situation"
Thank God there are some sensible people in this world!
I mean, come on! I was 17 and I knew enough to at least not turn them around before 1 year and 20 lbs, and the more I learned, the more I changed.

Seriously, how can anyone know about internal decapitation and not do everything in their power to protect their children from that?!? Oh wait, it's better for her family! She wouldn't be saying that if something actually did happen to her son! Having the potential to have your child's neck broken/ internally decapitated/ dead cannot possibly be better for her family. I know there is no situation where it would be better for mine!

Some people... I swear. I lose my faith in humanity a little more every day because of completely ridiculously selfish people like this.

She opens with this... "The mommy wars continue. First it was breastfeeding vs. formula feeding,..."
This is so not the same thing as that. Formula feeding does not have the potential to kill your child!
Later in the post, she says this... "Don’t judge me for it just as I won’t judge you for never breastfeeding..."
Well lady, I AM judging you. Why? Because it is not the same thing!!! You are putting your child in HARM'S WAY. You have the knowledge to protect your child and you choose not to because it is more convenient for you. What a selfish person you are. 
I do not judge people who honestly don't know. I have been there. I was one of those people. I do judge the people who educate themselves and still refuse to change. 

That is all.

**Sorry for the crazy font! The copying and pasting messed it up, and I can't get it to fix. I will try to fix it more when we get back from taking Grace to gymnastics.

4 comments:

  1. I read that too and it made me so damn mad! How in the world can it possibly be better for a family to FF at 3 months..... That's breaking about 20 different laws in all 50 states. Gr. Some women need a good slap across their face.

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  2. Oh my gosh. That is ridiculous! No excuse to forward face that young. There is a reason they recommend rear facing. I pity the children whose parents put them in danger like that.

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  3. I read this too today! it made me so mad. I understand that some people just don't know that they don't have to switch them at a year. But the lady who turned around her 3 month? I can't imagine turning around my 7 month old, let alone a 3 mo old with little head support! goodness, people are dumb.

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  4. I just pray that none of these people are ever in even a minor wreck. Children are so fragile that sometimes even a minor wreck can gravely injure them :(

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