All parents care about the safety of their children, but the affordability of car seats can be an issue for many people. Did you know there are organisations that help with this? Here is one of them.
Car seats are a priority, regardless of affordability
Taking part in the #CarseatFullstop has really opened my eyes to car seat safety for children. I recently wrote about what I am doing differently in order to ensure the safety of my children while in the car.
We all know why it’s important for us to use an age appropriate car seat for our children. It is important to note that it is a legal requirement in South African for babies under the age of 3 to be in an age appropriate car seat. We can no longer ignore the huge amounts of research, evidence and statistics.
It is possible for anyone to have a car seat
The affordability of car seats is a big factor for many families. Most people are unaware that there is na organisation that can assist with affordability with a seat for payment of a small donation.
As this was something that has been top of mind for me, I decide to visit the Wheel Well NPO in Randburg to learn more about the work they are doing in road safety for kids.
Wheel Well is a non-profit organisation that was established by Peggy Mars, to look at a way of providing access to car seats for families in need. They never want affordability to be an issue in keeping a child safe. The work they do is truly commendable. They take used (and new) car seats, donated by the public or corporates, and ensure they are ready and available to those who need them.
When they receive used car seats
- They strip them.
- Check them for defects, wear and tear.
- If it is repairable, they do so.
- They then clean it and get it ready for the next lucky baby or toddler.
- A parent can get a car seat by just paying a small donation.
Some seats will have damage that might not have been visible to the layperson (such as it was in a previous accident). Wheel Well will recycle these seats responsibly. Wheel Well provides infant chairs, full car seats as well as booster seats for older kids. They will never give out an unsafe car seat.
Testing out car seats from wheel well
When I visited Wheel Well, I received 2 car seats to test out. These car seats had been given as donationa to the organisation. They were stripped and fully cleaned and checked before being issued. So my family and I will testing out these second-hand car seats.
What was cool is that they could show how to safely and accurately attach the seats in the car, with advice on how to test if they are secure. Each person coming in was treated with compassion and helped with no awkward questions asked about why you can’t afford. Education about proper car seat usage is a big part of what they do.
Here is the The Heir travelling in his booster seat. Since my first post, we have been diligent about ensuring that he is in a booster and is properly strapped in whenever we go anywhere. He loves his booster seat.
How does it work?
- Visit Wheel Well shop at Ferndale on Republic in Randburg or give them a call on 073 393 7356.
- They will advise you on the right seat for you baby.
- They will show you how to fit the baby in the car seat and set it up in your car properly.
- Once baby has outgrown the seat, take it back and swap for the next size up.
- Please donate an amount that you afford so they can continue to do the work they do.
How can you support Wheel Well?
Once you child outgrows a seat, please donate it to Wheel Well
- If you want to give it to a friend, take it to Wheel Well first for a check, cleaning and repair.
- Donate money R150 or even more to Wheel Well.
- Encourage those who can’t afford to use the service, it could save an innocent life
- Support their campaigns every year, check on twitter and facebook (links are below)
About the Author
Lindi is a wife to Tebogo and a mother of 2 boys, Temo (11) and Melo (4). She works in the field of change management, helping people to navigate through life’s changes in the work place. Lindi also guides people to find opportunities for excellence, learning and living a better life. She is a creative and a lover of beautiful and interesting things. Lindi used to share on her blog A Well Heeled Woman. She can now be found creating beautiful events through her business, The Chic Connective.
Lindi on #CarseatFullstop
The life of a child is a precious gift that should protected from life’s worst moments. I support this campaign doing everything you can to protect ones child from harm is the responsibility of each of parent. We need to create awareness about the benefits of rear facing car seats in order to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries.
You have the power to save a little life. One share, seen by one person, who straps in one child, saves a life. #CarseatFullstop