Hi! I am a Car Seat Nerd. I love child safety seats. I think they’re great.
I have two boys. A three and a half year old and a sixteen month old. Obviously, they’re still in carseats. Which means I get to obsess about them. I currently have five seats for my two boys. Both are still rearfacing in one of our vehicles. Yes, you read that right. My three year old is rearfacing still.
I currently own two Britax Marathons, a Safety 1st Complete Air, a Graco Nautilus and a Britax Frontier. I have also purchased a Sunshine Kids Radian 65, a First Years TrueFit, and a Cosco Scenera. I’ve borrowed a Graco SnugRide, and was given an additional Marathon to use for the last two years of it’s lifespan.
When just obsessing over cat seats was no longer enough fun, I decided to become a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. I took a 40 hour class to learn about child passenger safety. I paid out of my own pocket and got up at 4 am for four days to drive an hour and a half to class so that I could volunteer at car seat check events one Saturday a month for the next two years. Yep, I’m that into car seats.
Sometimes I go out and uninstall them from my vehicles just to try them in a different configuration or vehicle. I get all kinds of excited when I get to try someone else’s seats or go seat shopping with friends!
When I see free car seats on th side of the road or at garage sales, I grab them. They’re usually free for a reason. They’re expired. They’re nasty. They aren’t safe to use. I really feel like they are a huge hazard. Low income families can get seats other ways. Safe, new seats even.
When I snag a seat, I harvest any usable parts off it. Usually the Locking Clips, any webbing that isn’t moldy and occasionally the cover. I hoard the locking clips in case someone needs on e and no longer has the one that came with their seat. I use the webbing to make dog collars (beecherpetdesigns.com), and I sell the cover on e-bay if it’s in decent shape and fits current models of seats.
After I’ve harvested what I want off a seat, I either save it for a local seat recycling event or my husband destroys it so that it cannot be used by someone picking through our garbage.