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  • My first time vending with @supermomculture at @craftsavvymarket today. I had so many moments leading up to today that I told myself that it would be a lot easier to just quit and not have a both.  But then I thought, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.  Just remember when you have an idea that starting is half the battle.  It won’t be easy but it can be done! Thank you @craftsavvymarket for having me today.  Mr and the girls helped out so much. Thank you to everyone that came by to support! I have no clue who the little girl is on the left but she stayed with us the whole day.
  • And another ☝🏾. My precious babies. How did Harper grow up so fast! She looks 6! Slow down baby! #pictureday
  • TBT The outfit that started my love affair with @suakokobetty. This was 7 years ago! On Saturday I’ll be chatting momprenuership with Suakoko Betty owner @iamcharlenedunbar at the @craftsavvymarket. Event is free! Plus you can shop @supermomculture and 25 other handmade vendors. Time flies! I’m still desperately trying to fit back in it! My goal for 2020!
  • Fall school pics are in and Peyton made mama proud! Low key annoyed they cut off her beautiful puff. It’s good to see all my hard work taking pics for the blog have paid off in these school pics. picture day hack: stick to a tried and true hair style. I tried something diff once and Peyton looked like Kid from Kid n Play. I didn’t even order any. Don’t do it!
  • Getting ready for our first vendor sale at @craftsavvymarket in Atlanta this Saturday! I’ll have hoodies, tees, bags and a few new items 😆. Special discount st the event. Plus your girl will be sharing her story about her entrepreneurial journey!  Event is free! RSVP to enter to win $50! Follow @craftsavvymarket for details! PS. I lost my GAP folding skills. Judge your supermama 😂
  • Me busting into 2020! Amazing day at @cantuxcurlboxmasterclass19! So many gems from @myleik @meccagamble @thefinancebar @theamonyee today! These ladies didn’t come to play. Real talk from start to finish. I’ll share my takeaways on my stories later but @cantubeauty commitment to insuring we take action and holding us accountable is what I needed.  Time is up for going to events and not taking action.  I’m ready! 📷 @daynabolden. Hat from #targetstyle Jeans #fashionova
  • Some weekend project inspiration! Cleaned out my kitchen cabinets to get ready for the holidays.  Details on blog https://heytrina.com/kitchen-cabinet-drawer-organization/
  • We’re taking neon right into winter! I saw @funmiford with this coat on a few weeks ago and ordered it the next day.  Wouldn’t you know, it matches my @supermomculture hoodie perfectly! Consider this my winter uniform. Details and links are on the blog heytrina.com. Link to hoodie in my profile. 📷 @kaynjames
  • Nobody:
Me: Let me clean out all my kitchen cabinets along with everything else going on 😆. I actually enjoy decluttering (my spaces, not others). Swipe ->. My mind feels at peace when spaces are clean and organized.  Ever since @pinchofhelp did my master bathroom, I’ve been on a mission.  I’m not good like her but I stalk her IG daily for all her tips and before & afters.  My kitchen is (almost) ready for Thanksgiving! Please send positive vibes on the rest of the projects we have going on 🙏🏿. Details on the blog. Link in profile #heytrinashome #babyshopahome
  • Doing a mini extreme home makeover just in time for the holidays! Shout out to Mr for speaking my love language and getting ish done in the house (wife porn as @snackswithjack calls it 😆). This past wknd he knocked out our 20ft foyer and hung my new chandelier! It was like watching the Berlin Wall come down 🙌🏾. Also thankful that we didn’t have any incidents on this scaffold 😓. I was so happy when they picked it up cuz my nerves were so bad. We still have a lot more to do but we’re chipping away.  Make sure you watch my stories for updates.
  • Peyton as Cecilia from Decendants. Instead of a wig I used a clip in ponytail.  I may use it in the future for myself if I’m feeling feisty. She went to school as Run DMC because she was unsure if they could dress up or not.  Can your kids dress up at school?
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Car Seat Safety Q + A

September 28, 2018

September is baby safety month and this week is National Child Passenger Safety Week. I partnered with Chicco and had the opportunity to ask Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, nationally-recognized car seat safety expert and unpaid child passenger safety consultant for Chicco USA, my own questions about car seats. Keep reading to find out when you really should turn your child’s car seat forward. If you’ve checked out these deals and got yourself a new car, you need to learn the importance of car seat safety. If you are looking to buy a new car then you may want to search for a model online, perhaps you would like to buy a Chevy Tahoe, you could purchase one of those models online at Chevy Tahoe Dealers. It has plenty of room to fit a new car seat in!

How do you know when your child is ready to transition from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing one?

Children should remain rear-facing for as long as possible – until they reach the highest height and weight limits of their rear-facing car seat, meaning parents should really focus on a child’s size, rather than other factors, like age, to determine when it’s best to turn them around. Fortunately, car seat manufacturers have developed seats that allow children to remain rear-facing until they weigh at least 40 pounds or more, which means most can remain rear-facing well into their toddler years. Keeping children rear-facing longer ensures their head and neck is protected as protected as possible in the event of a collision.

What is the number one thing that parents do wrong with car seats?

Many parents are excited about the chance to turn their children forward facing, often because they see the transition as a positive milestone, and sometimes because they think their child’s legs look cramped or feel that they’re uncomfortable. The reality, however, is that little kids are much more flexible than we are and what may seem cramped to an adult is perfectly comfortable and natural for them – just think about how many times you’ve caught your child sleeping in a funny position or squished inside a tight space while playing! In fact, arms and legs are almost never injured in a crash when kids are riding rear-facing, so the concern turns out to not really be an issue. Helping parents delay the transitions can help prevent a lot of serious injuries. It is important to note that if you are ever in a car accident, you should make sure that you get a lawyer involved to help you particularly if the accident wasn’t your fault. If you have been involved in an accident recently then you could take a look at someone like these West Coast Attorneys.

What is the most important feature you should look for in a car seat?

The best car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and you feel you can use correctly each and every ride. There are so many options, it is also important to think about your budget and lifestyle. It’s worth taking a little time to do some research and check out the different options available and make sure you know how to properly install and fasten your child’s seat.

Why aren’t all car seats created equal?

There are a wide range of car seat options to fit every family’s budget and needs, however, all car seats on the market have passed at least the minimum requirement for safety standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As kids get older, does age matter vs. weight for using a booster seat?

Once a child is ready to be turned around, a forward-facing seat with a five-point harness provides the best protection and most of these can be used through age 6-8 and beyond. There are many options, including convertible seats, and 3-1 and forward facing only seats that can subsequently be used as a belt-positioning seat. As with rear facing, keeping kids in the forward-facing harness as long as possible is the safest way to go. Once they outgrow that, a belt-positioning booster, which protects kids until they can fit the vehicle seat belt alone, which for most kids, would be around 8-12 years of age.

I appreciate Dr. Hoffman for taking the time to answer my questions. Below are a few more facts about car seat safety.

  • According to Chicco’s 2018 Car Seat Safety Survey, when it comes to turning their child forward-facing prematurely, it’s because parents are reading the wrong cues:
    • Rather than heed the recommendations or advice from others, one-in-eight (12 percent) parents admit they just turn their child around when they feel the time is right.
    • They think their child’s legs look too cramped (40 percent)
    • They think their child simply looks uncomfortable while riding rear-facing (32 percent)
    • Parents turn their child around based solely on what they see other parents doing (19 percent)

Harper is riding in the MyFit LE Harness Booster seat in Anthem. Chicco’s car seat portfolio offers options for parents and children at every age and stage. Click HERE for Chicco’s car seat options. Check out Chicco’s guide to choosing the right car seat for your little one HERE.

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