Carseat Help on Whidbey Island

As a mom, I know car seats has been the most difficult purchase for me, its always difficult for me to pick the "BEST of the BEST" car seat. Although my standards are pretty average, safety testings, does it fit my car and child, and can I afford it.

Then the next few things is, getting the car seat installed. I know tons of people who say "rear facing is the best". But our old car seat manufacturers instruction has a weight limit for rear facing and my little one is a tad over it. So the question of whether following the popular and safest route or to follow the manufacturer instruction?

While we were in Colorado for our road trip to visit hubs family, we got into a car accident. I remember all my decisions about this trip and the car seat issue (squish was forward facing). You can think that while the car was rolling over (we rolled over 3 times) that it would go by so quickly that I won't have my guilty thoughts pester me at those time. Well it did. Turns out that following the manufacturer instruction was the safe route for us. My child was not hurt but most of us in the car was not in good shape.

I think if that did anything, it just rejuvenated my desire to be a CPST, its always been at the back of my mind. We were in a car accident on September then there's a Child Passenger Safety Technician Course in my town in October, seems like the stars are aligning. 

Now, lets get to the nitty gritty of how to get help for YOUR carseat. First, did you know that if you follow my events on facebook, you will see when is the next car seat checks are and did you know that the SAFE KIDS NORTHWEST have their own facebook page?

If you do need immediate assistance here is the list of the CPST techs here in Oak Harbor, we do have a few more around the area, if you would like to do your own search for your town, just go to then click find a tech.