When we first became parents we researched a lot, and of course, worried a lot as well.
We worried about bringing a sweet girl home when we knew nothing about being parents, we worried about her everything and that included what car seat brand would we use. After much researched we landed and stayed, almost 4 years later, with Chicco.
They had great ratings and was picked the best car seat many times over the years, aside from it being just what we were needing budget wise.
Lester and I bought their Key Fit Travel system that came with a huge stroller, back in 2015, and registered for everything we needed after that. We even added their which was amazing.
Then came Bella, she hated the car seat. She would cry as soon as we put her in and cried until we took her out. This lead to me crying as well everytime I had to drive solo, because of hormones, but as parents, we both were happy with our choice. Security first!
Fast forward to her one year mark, we wanted her out of the infant car seat, but she was on the smaller side and didn’t meet the weight in many of the other car seats. A few months later were introduced to the NextFit Convertible iX (shown below) Zip which allowed her to use it and we had a normal car ride for the first time in many months. The weight minimum is 5lbs (rear facing) and the maximum is 65 lbs forward facing.
She loved it! She looked at everything and didn’t cry whatsoever. Once she was a little bit over two we switched her to forward facing and she was in heaven.
In October 1st 2017 around 7:30 pm Bella and I were coming home from church like every regular Sunday, with the exception that Lester had left a bit earlier that day. On our way home we were hit by a driver getting out of a gas station. I was driving around 45 miles per hour heading west, had just passed a green light and out of nowhere the other driver crossed the lanes going east and proceeded to get into my lane. He did not see me, or that’s what I choose to think. He hit the driver’s side, right at my door, the side Bella was on as well, and from the impact, my car was thrown to the ditch right beside the road.
I still remember how load Bella cried, I remember thinking the end of the ditch is coming, there was a huge cement patch coming and I had to get out. I remember her screaming for it to stop, while I tried my best to control the car and get out of the ditch.
God is great and He protected us through the whole thing and once we were on steady ground I was able to kick my door open and check on Bella.
Her car seat had snapped off one of the seatbelts and was on its side, but she was safely buckled in her car seat and was completely fine. She did encounter a few other issues, but nothing a quick shower couldn’t fix.
I was in so much pain that I was unable to stand her car seat up or even get her out of the car seat or the car. God sent a young man that was able to help us and took Bella out and handed her to me while we waited for daddy, the ambulance and police. It was a pretty close match to the worst day of my life. When Lester got there all I could do was cry…
After that evening, I could hardly move my neck, raise my arms and let alone move my left leg. I was in therapy for close to a year doing treatment after treatment and still to this day my neck has it very very bad days.
Bella walked off without a single scratch, we took her to her doctor and she was perfectly fine. It’s all God’s grace. We could have been killed or hurt very badly but He managed a way to take care of us.
Where am I going with all of this?
Buckling your child correctly is so important. Checking expiration dates on those same car seats can save lives. There is a big reason car seats were made, don’t ignore it. I honestly believe one of the reasons Bella was not hurt, aside from God’s protection, is the fact that she was buckled correctly and that her car seat protected her neck, head and pretty much every single part of her body! For that exact reason, I am proud to say that baby sissy will also have all Chicco.
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This post is not sponsored by Chicco. I was sent a new car seat once I shared my story with them but as promised a few months ago I wanted to share with all of you as well. Many times we prepared ourselves and drive carefully but, we cannot drive for everyone around us. We are careful, pray and mind our lane but the next person may not be as careful so it goes without saying that taking every step to take care of our little ones is more than important.