Riding in a car with a baby wasn’t really something I thought much about before we had Owen. Even when I was pregnant I didn’t really think much about the logistics of it. Did he sit front-facing? Rear-facing? What did our parents do? I was at a loss, but have since learned. Thanks to my friends and pediatrician that having Owen face backwards for as long as possible is the best and safest choice.
I was so excited when Chicco reached out to help spread the word about their TurnAfter2 campaign to remind parents (thank you!) to wait until our babies turn two years old before turning them to face the front.
When it comes to babies, there are so many opinions on feeding, diapering, sleeping, and all of those are personal preference. But, when it comes to their safety, I want to know what my doctor recommends and I want to be reminded, because Lord knows me mind is so jumbled these days. I could use all the reminders I can get!
It turns out a lot of parents turn their kids around before then because they think that their kids look uncomfortable. But, just think about it. How many times each day does your baby make a face that looks uncomfortable, but in reality, they’re just testing out their latest skills, are confused, or suddenly learned that their eyebrows can do some really funny things?
I snapped a few pictures of Owen’s daily funny faces that keep us laughing. It’s a good reminder that they’re in a stage where they’re learning so much, so a grumpy-looking expression or uncomfortable position usually doesn’t mean that there’s something actually wrong.
Over the weekend, we installed our NextFit iX Zip Convertible Car Seat, one of the top-rated car seats on the market.
Owen looks pretty happy in it! I don’t blame him, it looks very comfortable in there!
What makes it really amazing is that you’ll be able to use it for a longggg time! Which is great, because the thought of having to replace a car seat every few months sounds so expensive. The NextFit iX Zip Convertible Car Seat can accommodate your kiddo from 5lbs. up to 65lbs. That means you can use this car seat from the time you bring your baby home to the hospital, up until they hit 65lbs! In the rear-facing position, it can accommodate kids from 5 to 40 lbs.
It was incredibly easy to install. It only took me about 15 minutes. Also, It’s very easy to recline, which is a seriously cool feature. You can recline it more when they are smaller so they’re heads don’t fall forward while they nap. And you can tilt it more upright as they get older since they love to look around.
Another feature that I’m obsessed with, and any mamas will understand how great this is, is that the cushion zips off and is machine-washable.
This might not sound like a big deal. However, when your kid vomits three times in one car ride, you’ll be glad that all you have to do is unzip it and toss it in the laundry instead of attempting to wipe it out. And yes, we know this from experience.
We haven’t had our NextFit iX Zip Convertible Car Seat for too long. However, we already love it and would recommend it to anyone! I wish I had been more educated on car seats before Owen was born and realized that one car seat could last me from the newborn stage, through his second birthday and even beyond that!
It’s still crazy to me that we already had to upgrade Owen to car seat that can really grow with him. I wish we had done that from the start! How is he so big already?! It seems like each week he’s grown or learned some new skill and it’s so fun to watch!
Did you know that it’s safest to keep your kiddos facing backwards up until two years old?
What’s your babies favorite thing to do during car rides—nap, sing, giggle?!
P.S. There’s a giveaway. Checkout the ways to enter below! Make sure to snap a picture of your baby that’s under two years old, use the hashtag #TurnAfter2 to enter to win a NextFit Carseat. Also, remind other parents of how important it is to keep them rear-facing for as long as possible!