December 12, 2018

The one Thing you Need to Know about You Car Seat



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. 


A few Articles

Car Seat Information

Recommendations on Car Seats for Children

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.

#carseat #carseatssafety

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  • Neely Moldovan

    It drives me nuts when I see kids not buckled correctly! Its probably the thing I spend the most time on!

    December 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      yes, me too!!

      December 19, 2018 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    Oh my gosh, what a scary thing to happen! I’m so glad that you were all relatively ok through it all. My oldest is 5 and just moved up to a booster seat for driving around town (mostly to and from school because I can’t easily buckle a 5-point harness in the car-rider line. But if we go on the interstates he is back to his 5-point. When I was 18 I was hit by someone who was driving in the wrong lanes and it totaled my car, but I was ok. Luckily it was only me in the car.

    December 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      yess! I’m glad you found a solution and a great on indeed.
      It’s so scary!

      December 19, 2018 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Jessie

    Oh my goodness. I am so glad you and babygirl are okay! WOW. What a scary experience! I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your car seat is in working order and that your babies are strapped in right! Great job mama!

    December 18, 2018 at 10:08 pm Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      Thank you so much! you are so sweet!

      December 20, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Marjie Mare

    I truly wish I knew the blogging world when I was pregnant. So many great tips are available now. I will share your post with my sister in law.

    December 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      right!!! so helpful! me too, really! I would have done so many things differently with my first

      December 20, 2018 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Kate Loves Travel

    Glad you found the right car seat in the end… and great that it protected your daughter so well in the accident!

    December 19, 2018 at 1:14 am Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      Yes! we trust Chicco all the way!

      December 20, 2018 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Morgan Shaw

    God I am glad your child is okay and inspired you to write this post. You are right the right car seat and utilization is to save lives.

    December 19, 2018 at 4:37 am Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      yes it really does!

      December 20, 2018 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Krysten

    Oh my goodness how scary! I don’t have kids, however I do have a nephew I love very much so I’ll definitely be sharing this article with my brother.

    December 19, 2018 at 5:32 am Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      Thank you so much!! it’s really very important

      December 19, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Jack branson

    These definitely parents should be aware of because its important thing for kids safety.

    December 19, 2018 at 11:05 am Reply
    • claudiaestrada22

      one of the most important things to check!

      December 20, 2018 at 8:12 am Reply
  • Erica D Ardali

    It seems like info on car seats changes every year. My kids are adults now, however my cousin just had a baby, I will pass this on to her

    December 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Jazmin Williams

    My friend posts a lot about this, so thankfully I’m aware for when I’m a driver and can take my nephew out and about. Thank you for sharing and raising awareness!

    December 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Lauren Stewart

    Oh wow that is so so scary!!!! Getting ready to have another baby this is such a good reminder.

    December 19, 2018 at 10:07 pm Reply
  • Marcela

    I don’t have kids yet. I’ so glad for you that you have chosen the right car seat. Safety and security first. I can’t even imagine how was that for you. I’m so happy that at the end everything has end up fine.

    December 20, 2018 at 7:59 am Reply
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  • Elizabeth O

    Your story is very inspiring and I hope parents withe young kids will read it this travel season. Whenever I see kids in cars unbuckled, I honk and always feel like calling the cops on those parents…

    December 20, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • aisasami

    Oh my, I am glad your daughter survived the accident without any injury. But it is always important to buckle those car seats incorrectly. I always checked when my sister was a baby,.

    December 25, 2018 at 9:52 am Reply
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