Driving, for long distances, or short, is one of the most treacherous things we do. Roads are fraught with uncertainty, and the safety of ourselves, and most importantly, our children, is something that should be paramount for all parents.
While most parents take utmost care, by purchasing child car seats and restraints for protection in the event of a crash, several cheaply made portable car seat harnesses available online are being sold to unsuspecting parents, offering little or no safety benefits.
The harnesses in question were tested by UK authorities, to find, that in a low speed collision of 50km/h (Video Below) the harness completely disintegrated, hurling the crash test dummy into the dashboard of the car – a situation that in the real world would have caused severe injury and most likely, death.
When buying a car seat, the options available can be expensive, which is why cheaper alternatives have been adopted by parents, however, European approved car seats are tested under crash conditions of up to 110km/h for your peace of mind to know that you are purchasing the best possible car safety device for your child.
With the prevalence of car accidents in everyday life it is crucial to, above all else, purchase a child car seat which you are sure meets European regulations indicated by an orange European Economic Commission stamp of approval sticker, as this is the difference between life & death.
Peggie Mars, founder of Wheel Well – A South African Road Safety Awareness Initiative focusing on the wellbeing of children on the roads- says “These cheaper options offer parents a false sense of security and do not help to prevent injury or death.”
The findings of these poorly made harnesses should serve as a warning for parents to be diligent when choosing a safety restraint for their child, to avoid a lifetime of regret, and to be able to rest assured that they are providing their children with the utmost in safety.
Chicco Seat Up 012
We are incredibly excited to announce the arrival of our new Chicco Seat Up 012 Car seat with Isofix. This a really great buy as it is a 3 in 1 car seat with Isofix that caters for the following groups: Group 0+, 1 and 2. Suitable from birth to 25kgs. If you are looking for comfort, safety and easy installation then this is the perfect car seat for you and your baby.
Quality Time and Bonding
Life is so busy that we often find ourselves focusing on “getting things done” rather than the importance of family time or quality time. We here at Chicco happen to think that time will have to be split and/shared between mom and dad in order for the house chores, work and quality time to be shared evenly and done thoroughly. (more…)
Time really flies by from the time you hear the news that you are pregnant through to birth of your baby. It is therefore quite crucial that you and your partner record your baby’s milestones, growth and progress in a fun and easy way so that you always have the memories to share and look back on. Chicco have compiled some really fun ideas we found…if you happened to have used some already, send them to us via our Facebook inbox! (more…)
So, most of the time we think you men have it easy – you don’t have to go through 9 months of pregnancy and all the physical discomfort that comes along with it…weight gain, pain and morning sickness to name a few! But becoming a father figure to someone and ultimately becoming a support system to someone for the rest of their life, is a big task that should not be underestimated. Along with becoming important to this baby, father’s also face the pressure of supporting their wives during a testing time (both emotionally and physically trying). Chicco have put together some tips and advice for first time fathers to try and make this all a little easier! (more…)
Having a child can be overwhelming as much as it is a beautiful experience. It really does help to be prepared whether you are speaking to other mothers or reading books. Here is a list of 5 things all new moms need to know, to help with your preparation. We want to ensure this experience is as enjoyable as possible.
When having a child we experience so many new and exciting moments that fill us with such joy. There is nothing more encouraging then when a child develops in a healthy way and we know we are a part of it. We have compiled a list of some of the most memorable and special milestones that you should record – you won’t regret it!
Chicco Activ 3 Lifestyle Stroller
Being a women is no easy feat…we are constantly trying to balance beauty, brains, being a mom, a wife, being successful in the workplace, a chef and the list could go on…
Most of us worry about our weight before we’ve had a baby too, so trying to lose the baby weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle after having a baby can be a nightmare! (more…)
So…you are kind of in the “honeymoon phase” with your baby, you have spent a blissful couple of weeks/months at home with your baby and have bonded as a result. You are most probably scared to now lose that bond when you return to work? How on earth do you bring yourself to going back after all this time? We have compiled a small list of coping mechanisms and tips so that going back to work is a little easier on you! (more…)
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now…besides having to do the nursery, buy the clothes, equipment and accessories for your baby, he she will need a name! But where do you begin? Every mom and dad goes through the daunting yet fun task of naming their baby. Some parents want the most unique or strange name they can find, others look to the trends or celebrities to find their baby names, some parents follow tradition and name their children after their parents or grandparents and then look for interesting second names. (more…)