Arturo is only 6 weeks old and I must admit that the first few times driving the car alone with him were terrifying.
The thought of having a bump scares me senseless as Art is so tiny and fragile, but my midwife put my mind at ease a little bit when she told me:
“They are tougher than they look these little ones”
I know you can’t wrap baby’s up in cotton wool, but you can follow some simple security principles to keep your baby as safe as possible when in the car.
I was contacted by Kiddicare, the baby specialist, and asked to help raise awareness of Road Safety Week. Every 30 seconds someone, somewhere in the world, is killed in a road crash. This is such a devastating statistic, I was happy to do my little bit.
Road Safety Week runs from 17-23 November and is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.
Since I’ve become a mother, I pay much more attention to the roads around our house. Our street, which at first impressions appears to be a quiet residential area, can get rather busy as cars cut through to other estates, often at great speed. Sometimes a car will zoom past at such speed, I’m talking about 60 miles an hour, and it makes my blood run cold. Then we have the idiots on quad bikes – just why!?
All it takes is a split second for a toddler to step out into the road and the unthinkable can happen!
I follow a brilliant blogger on Instagram, Jacqui who writes Baby Boy Bakery. Around 6 months ago they tragically lost their little boy after he ran into the road whilst playing a game. He was 3 years old. It was such a horrible shock even though I don’t know this family, I cry when I read Jacquis blog, which she is now using to celebrate Ryan’s life and come to terms with her grief. She is an amazing inspiration and I urge you follow her.
It frustrates me that a few years ago there used to be speed bumps on our road but these were removed when the road was resurfaced. I’ve contacted my MP about having them reintroduced but got fobbed off with a generic “no funds” letter. I really don’t understand why some drivers feel the urge to speed in residential areas.
You CAN make a difference
If, like me, you feel passionate about making our roads a safer place for all, there are lots of campaigns you can get involved in HERE
My Safety Tip
Now winter is upon us, we all know how important it is to keep our little ones wrapped up warm in the cold weather and Art already has a selection of snow suits, However, I recently discovered a frightening fact:
Snowsuits can compromise car seat safety
Winter coats and snowsuits change the way in which safety straps fit across the child’s chest meaning that they don’t function correctly and the child could actually be ejected!
This is why I love my Maxi-Cosi Pebble Footmuff in RaspberryRed (£40 Kiddicare). I place Arturo in his car seat in his normal clothes so the straps fit correctly keeping him safe, whilst the Footmuff wraps around him keeping him nice and warm.
I’m not sure if there is a minimum age requirement for this product but perhaps it wouldn’t be suitable for brand new babies as I think the top of the muff could cover their face.
What does Art think of his snuggly car seat?
There are more tips about buying a car seat HERE
This review is in collaboration. No imbursement was received for this review. All opinions are strictly my own.