My sweet girl might be growing up, but she’s still very much a baby. She was a late crawler and an even later walker, and if my memory serves me right, I believe she measured below the 15th percentile in both weight and height at her last pediatrician appointment. She’s a nugget. And when she broke her femur this past December—simply by twisting the wrong way—it was a big setback for an already late bloomer.
And so, while I know I should be encouraging her motor skills and overall physical progress, and cutting that veritable cord to give her the independence she needs to thrive, I often find myself in coddle mode.
It’s funny, with my first, I was in a rush for everything. I couldn’t wait for my son to have his first taste of solid food, to potty-train, to transition to the big kid car seat, to start nursery school to go on a play date and get a hair cut.
But, nowadays, I just want time to slow down. Penelope is walking (actually, running!) like a champ, talking up a storm, and progressing by leaps and bounds. It’s awesome—obviously! But I’d by lying if I said my heart didn’t ache a tiny bit every time she masters a new “big girl” task. Stay my baby just a little longer...
One transition that I don’t have to worry about quite yet is turning the car seat around, thanks to the new Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat.
As you probably know, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caregivers keep children riding rear-facing until they’re at least two years old. In fact, a new study from Chicco revealed more than half of the parents surveyed are aware of the AAP’s recommendation. But while 84 percent of parents of kids ages two and under would tell another parent if he or she was putting his or her child and risk, 72 percent also felt uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping their child rear-facing for longer. . In a nutshell, that’s why Chicco has announced the TurnAfter2 movement—to encourage parents to celebrate the daily milestone of riding rear-facing. Chicco wants moms and dads to share on social media (#TurnAfter2) and educate themselves (and others!) about this important issue.
Of course, anyone who’s every wrangled a feisty toddler into a traditional rear-facing car seat whilst out and about knows that, in reality, this can be a big ask and daunting task. Before my son turned two, he would crank and complain that he was squished and uncomfortable in his rear-facing toddler seat. It was a daily wrestling match and a battle of the wills that made even the shortest of car trips a frustrating process.
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Thankfully, Chicco is making it easier to keep kids happily riding rear-facing for longer with the revolutionary Fit2 Infant and Toddler Seat featuring an innovative two-stage base which converts from an infant position to a toddler position, available now at Babies“R”Us.
The infant position (stage 1) is more reclined for newborns and infants between four and 35 pounds. The toddler position (stage 2) is more upright and spacious with extended legroom (hoorah! no cramped legs!), and adjustability to accommodate children between 15 and 35 pounds. A lever simply lifts to transition the base from stage one to two.
It’s designed to fit your growing babe—because, those little itty-bitties don’t stay tiny forever (tear!), and features removable head-and-body support, a nifty chest clip that fits all throughout babyhood, a seven-position headrest for your those sudden growth spurts, and an ultra-padded five-point no-thread harness with one-pull tightener.
As a parent I love the thought and care that went into the safety features and design, but as an on-the-go mom I’m obsessed with the built-in convenience of this incredible piece of gear. The hardest part of transitioning to a traditional toddler car seat is that you have to give up the click-in-and-out convenience of the infant “bucket” seat. The fact that I can continue to use my travel system (it’s compatible with all Chicco strollers) is beyond amazing. This makes quick errands, big-kid school drop-off, and other coming and goings so much simpler. Plus, when my girl falls asleep in her car seat, I can carry her inside without waking her up.
Penelope is getting bigger, stronger, bolder, and brighter every day. I’m here to foster her development—but potty-training and pre-school and haircuts—they can all wait. She’s still my baby after all.
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