Did you watch the video above? You should. And share it. With your kids. It’s really not that big of a deal to keep a child in a 5-point harness.
It is the final day of our Child Passenger Safety Week celebration and we are focusing on the 5-point harness.
At Baby Gizmo we believe that kids riding in a 5-point harness car seat as long as they can is safer. That’s it. It is safer.
We know many parents are itching to move their 3 and 4-year-olds to a booster seat with the seat belt because they just think that is what they are supposed to do. Just because a booster seat CAN be used with a 40 lb child doesn’t mean that you should do that. That is the MINIMUM weight and we aren’t willing to go with minimum.
Here’s the thing: Sometimes seat belts can fail. Sure, it’s rare but it can happen. If a seat belt fails in a crash and you have a little 40 lb four-year-old in a booster seat, there is a chance your child could be ejected from the seat. You never, ever want your child ejected from the seat! A 5 point harness doesn’t fail!
Here is another way to look at it: NASCAR drivers are all required to wear a 5-point harness. Why? Because it is safest! I know you are going to immediately tell me that YOU are not a NASCAR driver but you can’t imagine the amount of force that will hit your child in a crash even if you aren’t doing race car speeds. If car manufacturers would come up with a standard 5-point harness for the regular ole’ mom driver, I would sign right up!
And yet another way to look at it: Do you have a child that sometimes falls asleep in the car? Don’t we all? If you have a small child in a booster seat that tends to fall asleep, their head starts to hang down and their body starts to shift. A seat belt is only good if it is positioned perfectly on the child. A sleeping, shifting child is not positioned perfectly. If that same child was in a 5-point harness, the harness does not shift even if they fall asleep. This same idea pertains to a wiggling child that is trying to hit his sister, reach for a toy, grab something from the floor or basically move around like they have ants in their pants like most 3-5 year olds do. They move around, the seat belt doesn’t stay in the proper position, they are subject to more injury in the case of a crash.
Thankfully, the car seat industry has been evolving with the times and there are many seats available that have a high weight limit 5-point harness. We are talking up to 85 lbs and 57 inches with the 5-point harness! The Britax Frontier 85 SICT will hold up to the average size 11 year old!
Am I telling you that you have to put your pre-teen in a 5-point harness? Well, not really but you can bet that my almost 8 year old is riding in a 5-point and will for a while. Again, I would ride in a 5-point if it was offered! Yet, when we pick up other kids her age (or even my 5 year old’s friends), the kids looks at me in horror as I welcome them into my car with a “harness up, my friend!”.
I don’t care.
I can pretty much bet you that my daughter is probably the only one in her 2nd grade class who still sits in a 5-point harness. Again, I don’t care. And neither should you! Can we just all agree to leave our children in a 5-point harness car seat until they are at least 6 years old? Or longer? Please?
Okay, I’m stepping off my 5-point harness soapbox and getting to the GIVEAWAY!
WHAT IS UP FOR GRABS:
TWO lucky participants will win a Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat of their choice OR they want to keep their child in a 5-point harness even longer, winner can choose a Britax Frontier SICT 85. This giveaway is open to US residents only! (Yep, we want to get as many of these fabulous bad boys in parent’s hands that we can this week!)
Below are some of the entry methods explained in case you are just joining us today. All entry methods need to be completed and marked off on the Rafflecopter entry form at the bottom for you to actually be entered to win!
1) Post a blog comment by telling us one reason to keep your child in a 5-point harness longer.
2) “PIN” our Baby Gizmo video (above) to one of your Pinterest boards and put “BabyGizmo.com wants kids in 5-point harnesses longer. (You can “pin” the video by hitting the “Pin It” button at the top of this post OR grabbing the URL of this blog post and pinning directly on the Pinterest site (with this URL http://youtu.be/Wi0xLH_zdu4) OR you can go to Baby Gizmo’s Pinterest Page and just re-pin the video there.)
3) SHARE the video above on your Facebook page. All you have to do is paste this URL http://youtu.be/Wi0xLH_zdu4 in your Facebook status box and then make sure to tag The Baby Gizmo Company (put @BabyGizmo) in the description so that we know you did it. (When you type the “@” sign in your Facebook status and start typing BabyGizmo, a drop down box should appear to choose the company if you LIKE us on Facebook, of course!)
4) Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to make sure you are entered and for more entry opportunities for those parents who do not have a rear-facing child!
*You can only do each entry method ONCE. Please do not cheat and enter more than that! Doing each entry method will require a few different blog comments so don’t worry about commenting more than once (or you can just combine all your answers into one comment). Just follow the Rafflecopter directions. Today’s Giveaway STARTS now and ends TONIGHT Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.