Thursday, June 25, 2009

Louya family donation

Meet the Louya family!

We had the fortunate ability to be able to donate two Britax Marathons recently to the Louya family. This is a departure from our usual donations, but we were thankful to be able to assist the family. Many thanks to Sandra Ramsey, CPST for her time and expertise showing the family how to correctly install and use their new seats.

Pictured below is a 17 month old who is 23lbs. This child has been placed in the rear-facing position as rear-facing is 5 times safer than forward-facing. All children who fit rear-facing should be positioned in this manner. This darling cutie will be able rear-face in this Marathon until 33lbs which is the rear-facing weight limit of the seat the foundation donated to the family. Rear-facing height limit for this seat is until there is one inch between the top of the child's head and the top of the shell of the seat.

Don't worry about children's legs when rear-facing. Children sit very comfortably rear-facing and will either fold their legs or put them on the side of the seat as Miss Louya is demonstrating for us above. The Britax convertibles are some of the only convertible seats on the market that allow for the tether to be used in the rear-facing direction. See the Reid family donation to see pictures of the rear-facing tether and how that is used.

This cutie is 2 years old and 36lbs. As such, he is placed in the forward-facing position as he is over the limits for rear-facing in this seat. The Marathon will harness until 65lbs, or until the child outgrows this seat by height. When forward-facing, the harness should be in slots which are at or above the child's shoulders. When the top of the child's shoulders creep above the top harness slot or the top of the child's ears are level with the top of the shell of the seat, the seat has been outgrown by height.

Can you help us continue to donate seats to the needy families on our waiting list?

Each seat the foundation donates costs approximately $200. We have a waiting list of ~100 families at any given time - all consisting of children who are at risk whilst they await our ability to assist. Please consider a donation to the foundation of any size you can afford, to help keep more children safe. You can donate using PayPal to the right of our blog, or you can donate using Debit/Credit/Check. Details are here. Thank you so much for your support and dedication to keeping children safe!
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