Becoming a parent for the first time is challenging and often confusing; with all sorts of contradictory information being given between the government, health care providers, friends and family. I’ve experienced the confusion around car seats, in particular, first-hand.
Though installing car seats shouldn’t be complicated, it can be an extremely daunting task for new parents, experienced parents and other caregivers. In the case of my own family, my husband and I were sure we’d installed our baby’s car seat correctly, when we hadn’t.
Let me help you de-mystify installing your car seat, clarify best practices and get you to a place of confidence regarding your child’s safety in your vehicle.
When I had my eldest I was a young teen mom at 18 years of age. I didn’t know much about car seats besides heading to Walmart and purchasing one that looked nice and that I could afford. And although I was involved in the community and had lots of support, no one ever mentioned the importance of car seat safety, as far as I can remember.
Fast forward several years, and I was now married and pregnant with my second child. I had always looked after other children so I had seen car seats evolving, I just never knew much about them, other than how to install them…or so I thought. Turns out I wasn’t doing everything exactly right. Thankfully, we now have a vast internet and I was learning more and more each day the pregnancy went on. The more I realized how much detail went into car seat safety and how much research and development was happening in the industry, the more interested I became.
Let me share with you what I have learned, and teach you how to keep your children as safe as possible when riding in your vehicle.
I have always cared for children. I worked as in child care for about 10 years before staying home fulltime when my son was born. It wasn’t until after I had my son that I realized that car seat misuse is so common (myself included!) I look forward to working with you!
I’ve seen a lot of inadvertent car seat misuse over my career and over the years I’ve become passionate about helping everyone keep their kids as safe as possible in cars. There is a lot of conflicting information and, often, completely unsafe advice floating around the internet and a lot of people just find car seat manuals confusing and difficult to follow. After my son was born in 2016 amongst many other friends having babies I realized how confused we all were—how unsure we were about our babies’ position in their infant seats and if we were installing them correctly. I think we were all doing it wrong.
I want to be there to simplify everything for you and show you that keeping your babies safe doesn’t need to be hard or inconvenient!
In her work, she’s often observed that families struggle to use car seats correctly, and finally took the plunge to become a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) – aka “car seat tech” in order to provide accurate education and information on best practice and use of car seats. She now serves the westside of Vancouver, providing seat checks and car seat information to families (www.vancouvercarseatsafety.com).
I am registered nurse in critical care and a CPST. My most rewarding job is mothering my firstborn child since 2016. It is through a parent education session with Holly that I was first introduced to car seat safety. I have since been keen to help parents keep their child safer while travelling in car.
An appointment with me will make you confident with using your car seat safely every time. I offer this service in English and French.