Throughout this time period I have noticed a really scary element of baby essentials buying from lots of people that I had not really thought about since now and that is the fact that too many people decide to buy second-hand car seats, without knowing if they fit and also what the history behind the seat is … for me taking a strangers word for it that it that it has not been in a collision is not peace of mind enough for me to want to save a few quid.
I know buying the essentials is a costly affair but for me ensuring you have the correct, size, fit and 100% safe car seat is the only way forward …. Other items such as clothing, pushchairs and many other baby items really could be bought second-hand … yet watching these selling sites on the likes of Facebook it’s a real eye opener … folks do, and will buy a baby car seat for example that is obviously not in the best looking condition which to me flags up its internal capabilities to do the job its supposed to do!!
If it’s looking rough and battered, don’t people wonder what the insides will look like?? And really £10 is never going to give me peace of mind that it is safe.
Yet these same people seem to think nothing of bragging about how much they have just paid for their haul of Next baby clothes or how much they have spent on nursery furniture or prams.
Is it only me that thinks this is utterly odd?
Don’t get me wrong second-hand has a place, for example we are intending to use our 2WayFix base for this baby, we used it with Joshua for just under 2 years and since it has never been involved in a collision, it has been cleaned and packed away properly and the batteries removed from the compartment prior to packing along with it fact it is R129 (i size) compliant as this is the newest regulations for car seats so I have no concerns that this bit of kit can be used again for this baby.
However I won’t be using the stage 3 booster seat for this baby that Joshua is using now as he will have used this for the best part of 5+ years once he comes out of it and as with all things car seats are not meant to last forever so for peace of mind we would replace it for this baby, after all that sort of usage is bound to take its toll!
Accidents & Car Seats
Once a car seat has been fixed in a car that has a collision it is always best practice to dispose of the car seat (this does not mean sell it on) as although it may look OK on the outside there maybe untold damage to the components of the seat internally.
Best practice is sometimes hard to swallow when we are talking about replacing a reasonably expensive piece of kit, even if insurance may pay out for the cost, having the money upfront to replace a car seat can be difficult to find, most families (mine included) have to budget for the more costly stuff in life so we would struggle.
Now I don’t know about you but I have my email on many mailing lists and one of them is the Maxi-Cosi newsletter as I like to keep informed of what is going on with brands and since all my car seats have ben Maxi-Cosi I take great interest in what they are up to going forward since we are going to be using the brand again with baby.
This week I received they’re monthly update email and when I read through it I discovered something I though was such a really wonderful Idea…
Maxi-Cosi are now offering a Car Seat Swap Service that helps you out after you have been involved in an accident .. genius!
I love that at a really stressful time Maxi-Cosi is going the extra mile to help their families above and beyond and I for one am super grateful my car seats are all Maxi-Cosi, not only are they good quality they go that extra mile!
Disclaimer: I was not commissioned to write this post