As a responsible parent — and one who edits Car Seat Checks for a living — I'm a bit of a stickler about car safety seats as is my wife. Our children have been in the appropriate seats since birth and we've erred on the side of caution in terms of moving them to the next stage of seats whether forward-facing convertible or booster.
Carter just moved to a full-back booster for example while most of his friends have been in boosters of some kind far sooner. Evie is still in a forward convertible in our two cars and in Carter's old — yet still not expired — travel convertible.
A few weeks ago, around the time of Carter’s transition to the booster, Evie finally nailed the buckling of her seat on her own. We’d already moved her seat to the driver's side so we wouldn't have to walk around the entire car to get her in and out but now that she can do it herself I'm hopping into the driver's seat, turning on the car, adjusting the heat and radio (for her station) with plenty of time before she gives me the thumbs up that she's all set.
I’m not sure why that added ten to twenty seconds is so blissful, but after six years of buckling at least one child into their seat it really is a revelation now that we don’t have to do it anymore…although sometimes Evie does get a strap twisted requiring help. Still…eight times out of ten or so I’m a happy camper.
Pictured: First car I piloted with Evie making the big leap = Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG