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Win a Volvo child seat

I am sure by now you have all see that I have been involved with the #CarseatFullstop campaign. I have been sharing all the child car seat safety facts and do’s and dont’s. Hopefully by now you have all learnt that it is an absolute MUST to have your child properly strapped into the correct age appropriator car seat at all times when you are in the car, even if you are just popping out to the shop!
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Child Car Seat Facts we have learnt from the campaign:

  1.  Did you know that only 15% of children in South African are properly strapped in when traveling in a car! That means that 85% of parents do not bother to make sure their children are safe when in a car.
  2. Being in a car seat dramatically reduces the risk of death when in an accident, by up to 70% ,take a look at the below image!
  3. You should keep your child rear facing for as long as possible, even up to the age of 6! The whiplash and injury a small child can suffer from the force of impact when front facing is terrible, just think about your tiny little baby or toddler’s head being jerked forward as hard as you could possibly imagine.
  4. Always make sure your child’s car seat straps are not twisted at all and are pulled tight that they can not slip out or get an arm out. Do not strap your child in with a puffy jacket or blanket around them, the blanket or jacket can cause them to be flung out of the car seat because the straps are not tight when the jacket or blanket is compressed on impact. Strap your child in and then put the blanket over!

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Volvo Infant Seat Review

I have just given birth to my little baby girl Violet, she is now a month old and we have been testing out the Volvo Infant car seat since she was born. The Volvo seat not only looks good but is also very comfortable for baby.  It is designed to provide comfort and protection for infants aged 0–1 year, or who weigh approx 0–13 kg. The rear-facing infant seat features a deep shaped seat, luxurious new upholstery and high side panels. The large carry handle is easily adjusted using one hand and the headrest can be conveniently altered from the front.

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I absolutely love the luxurious look and feel of the seat, the comfortable padding is so nice to keep baby happy. The seat is super easy to install, you just feed the seat belt through the blue strap holders on the sides of the seat and over baby’s lap, clip the seat belt in and then pull the other strap around the back of the seat making sure it goes into the blue flap to secure it on the back of the seat and you are ready to go.

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Volvo has a whole new range of high quality, super safe child seats that are just beautiful! So no matter what age your child is, you can find one that is age and weight appropriator making sure your precious cargo is as safe as it gets when driving anywhere in the car. The seats are available to purchase or order from any Volvo dealership around the country and the pricing on the seats are as follows:

1. Infant Seat R4,012, For use from Birth till 13kgs
2. Exclusively rear facing child seat R5,871 for use from 9kg till 35kg. Note that this seat can’t face forward. It is rear facing until 25kgs which is between 4 and 6 years,usually at which point you can move to a booster seat. This is proven the safest method.
3. Booster seat R4012 for 15 – 36kgs.
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Win your own Volvo Child Seat

I am so excited to be able to give you a chance to WIN your very own Volvo child seat. The winner will get to choose one of the Volvo seats that are appropriator for their child’s age. Follow the Instructions Below to enter.

  1. Download the Volvo Children and Cars manual HERE , Give it a quick read and tell me in the comments below one fact you have learnt from the manual and how you as a parent will be changing how you travel with your child.
  2. Add to your comment your child’s age so that we can know which Volvo car seat is appropriator for your child.
  3. Share this post on social media and with your friends making sure to tag Pretty Messy Mellon blog so I can see you shared. Remember this campaign is about spreading awareness for child safety, the more people you share it with the more children could be saved!

Ok so lets recap that so you understand, I will be checking entries so make sure to Download the Volvo children and cars manual,read it and comment on this post with one fact you learnt from it, your child’s age and share this post making sure to tag me.

This competition will run from today till 10am on the 30th September at which point I will announce the winner. This competition is only open to South African residents.

#CARSEATFULLSTOP IS SPONSORED BY VOLVO CARS. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FREE CHILDREN AND CARS MANUAL HERE.

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105 Comments

  1. Riaz

    September 23, 2016 at 9:34 am

    would like to win it for my new baby about 2 months old. fingers crossed

  2. Lizelle Van Rooyen

    September 23, 2016 at 9:53 am

    1.) Body proportions, how different restraints are best suitable for different age groups eg baby vs Toddler. Rear facing is best !!!
    2.) Ethan = 4Years ( he turns 4 on 29/09)
    3.) shared on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram #CarSeatFullStop

  3. Nadine Fredericks

    September 23, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I have learned that babies have to be placed in a rearward facing position because their necks cannot handle the impact of being thrown forward during an accident. Kade is 3 months old and he definitely needs one for his safety while travelling.

  4. Carolyn Augustus

    September 23, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Rear facing is better and safer for children and should be practiced for as long as possible, even up to the age of 6. Even though my daughter is almost three and it might be a big battle,I will go back to rear facing like when she was a newborn. My daughter Blake will be three years old in December.

  5. Ronnae Elliott

    September 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Rearward-facing child seats – baby’s first journey: The car seat needs to be properly anchored and correctly fitted and facing the rear of the car. As I am expecting my first child in February and I’m new to this, I’ll definitely be implementing this to ensure my baby is secure and well protected. I will also make use of all of the information in this user friendly manual. I’m currently pregnant so the size would be infant 0kg -13kg. Sharing on Facebook & Twitter.

  6. Nicole Jansen van Vuuren

    September 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Ok Shocker!!!! I have just learnt that children should face the rear end in their car seat until the age of 3, even longer! We are very strict when it comes to strapping our boy in when traveling and I’m very grateful for this campaign to make people more aware of the dangers of not strapping their children in. My husband went through the front window when his whole family was in a car accident, he was only 2 at the time so it’s a miracle that he is alive today! We will be changing our son’s car seat to face the rear end first thing! Thank you for this amazing opportunity and the info. My son Caelum is 18 months

  7. Kate Smith

    September 23, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I had NO FLIPPING idea that babies and toddlers should be in rear facing seats!!! OH MY WORD!!!! I am expecting my first baby in February (also going to attempt a midwife led, home birth) so to win this chair would be great.

  8. Luchae Williams

    September 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    To be honest, I feel like the #carseatfullstop campaign SUCKS because I am suddenly faced with feelings of guilt and condemnation at not having my kid in a rearward facing seat.

    I mean, it’s a good kind of SUCK.

    I now know that a child’s vertebrae is jus t not strong enough to withstand the impact of being throw forward, during a collision. That really opened my eyes. That and the fact that my kid is probably quickly outgrowing her current car seat. The manual says that when her head reaches the top of her baby seat, or beyond, then it’s time for her to upgrade. . If I don’t I’m a terrible person!!!!!! Another reason for feeling like the campaign sucks :) Bwaaaa.

    My girl will be 2 years old in October and she weighs about 13kgs.
    But well done guys. I am probably 1 in hundreds of parents whose eyes have been opened.

  9. Sarah-jane

    September 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    My daughter is 2 months old and my son almost 3 reading this has really given me the chills to imagine something happening to one of them simply because of not being strapped in a rearward facing carseat just makes my heart stop. I learnt that being in a rearward facing carseat cradles their necks and spine when involved in a collision. I always strap my children in my son sits in his car seat and my daughter in her snug and safe which is strapped in which I now realize isnt the safest. Winning this volvo car seat for my daughter Leilah 2 months old would be great as we travel a lot about twice a month to my mom who stays in another town. Holding thumbs that we are the lucky winners.

  10. Odette Kilian

    September 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Rearward-facing child seats dramatically reduce the risk of injuries.
    Juandre – 6 years
    Baby – to be born April 2017 :)

  11. stephanie videira

    September 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    The safest way of travelling in a car is rearwards. Therefore, babies and young children should travel facing the rear of the car for as long as possible, never new this for young toddlers thought this only applied for new born’s defiantly going turn my car seat to rear-facing, i need a car seat for my second child who makes her appearance end of January, is shared on facebook and twitter

  12. Sharleen

    September 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    My grandson is 2weeks old and I will be needing a carseat for him

  13. rehana seedat

    September 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    What I have learned:
    Right from the start, a baby needs to have his or her own baby seat –
    properly anchored, correctly fitted and facing the rear of the car. The baby seat will provide good protection for the first few months of the baby’s life. The seat should always be the right size for the baby. When the baby has grown to such an extent that its head reaches the top of its seat or beyond, then one has to change to a bigger seat. My child is one yr old. I have shared via facebook and twitter and I have downloaded the Volvo Children and Cars manual

  14. Carmel Hargreaves

    September 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    The booster allows the geometry of the safety belt to function in a better way with respect to the child occupant. The booster raises the child, so that the lap part of the adult seat belt can be positioned over the thighs, which reduces the risk of the abdomen interacting with the belt. An important feature regarding booster cushions is the belt-positioning device (guiding horns); keeping the belt in position during a crash by restraining the booster. I would love to win this. My son is 18 months

  15. Snegugu Khumalo

    September 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Car seat for your child is always the best choice a parent could ever make.
    Volvo car seats are available in a variety of sizes and you get value for money.

  16. Tamarah

    September 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I learned about seat belts for all ages. Specifically where the straps should be positioned, which changed the way I wear mine. When we were pregnant we pre-bought all our carseats up to 38kg, but could not find a rear facing toddler seat in SA. Bubs will need it soonish and as they are now more readily available, we will buy one if we don’t manage to win. Baby will be 1 next week. Sharing all over.

  17. lizelle

    September 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I had no idee baby and toddlers should be in rear facing seats.Thanks for advise.Twins 9 months but so big already need to buy bigger seats.Hoping to win really need this

  18. Liezel Thomas

    September 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I did not know babies till 3 years should be rear facing! Schooled!

    1. Liezel Thomas

      September 25, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Oops I have a 19 day old little boy

  19. Sophia

    September 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Rear- facing child seats dramatically reduces the risk of injuries. I must get a car seat for my daughter soon. She is 6 years old and weighs 25kg. Downloaded the Volvo Children and Cars manual

  20. Jessica Murray

    September 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I would like to win the rear facing child seat for my 6 month old son who is about 9.5kg.
    Interesting fact: A 9 month old baby’s head is about 25% of it’s body weight which is why whiplash is so much worse for a baby if it is forward facing.

  21. Sulika

    September 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    As a new mother I found the manual very interesting, I am anoyingly over protective of my baby and want nothing but the best for Ben. My poor hubby has heard nothing but “carseat this”, “seatbelt that”, “slower now!”, “did you know Volvo..” For the last 3 months. Lol. One of the most interesting fsct in the manual that I learned is that it is safe to put the rear facing seat on the front passenger seat if the airbag is turned off! Ever since I learn that, I have been driving with Ben right next to me, and it is so nice to see him snug as a bug safe in his seat! Ben will need a new seat soon, as he is getting close to 9kgs. I love supporting the carseatfullstop campaign! I will definitely donate my Ben’s outgrown seat so that a new mommy can keep her baby safe as well!

  22. Linzi Schuddinh

    September 26, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Proportion of body from newborn up, never realized size of head in proportion to body and rear facing until 4 years!
    My baby is 7 weeks old

  23. Shaaista Mahomed

    September 26, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I never realised that:

    ‘In the event of a highly violent frontal impact, it is the difference between life and death.’

    I knew not having a kid in car seat was extremely dangerous but I did not realise that having them in a front facing position was just as dangerous.

    #CarSeatFULLSTOP

    My little girl is just over 2 years old and I have a baby on the way :)

  24. Shaaista Mahomed

    September 26, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I never realised that:

    ‘In the event of a highly violent frontal impact, it is the difference between life and death.’

    I knew not having a kid in car seat was extremely dangerous but I did not realise that having them in a front facing position was just as dangerous.

    #CarSeatFULLSTOP

    My little girl is just over 2 years old and I have a baby on the way :)
    Love the campaign

  25. Rachel Goldstuck

    September 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

    My toddler is 18 months

  26. Bernadine Wilsenach

    September 26, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Studies show that the safety of a child is not affected by not being able to stretch out his legs fully in his rear facing seat.

    My little cub is due early Dec so I have my eye on the infant seat :)

  27. Rachel Goldstuck

    September 26, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Rear facing is better and safer for children and should be practiced for as long as possible, even up to the age of 6. And the harness should always be tight to the baby’s body. A thumb rule is two fingers, but not more, between the harness and the child for appropriate tightness.
    My toddler is 18 months and I wish I had the car seats that could keep him rear facing for longer.

  28. Tania Brewis

    September 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

    My daughter is 2 and a half years old.

  29. Charlene Bhana

    September 26, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Volvo Cars accident research shows that children aged up to ten need a booster, but that eleven and twelve year old children also benefit from travelling on one.

    I particularly liked this fact, as there are people out there who’ve actually commented that it’s odd my 7 year old (who, at 20kg, is petite and clearly a thousand times safer in her car seat, thank you very much) still sits in a car seat.

  30. Lizna

    September 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

    The safest way of travelling in a car is rearwards. Therefore, babies and young children should travel facing the rear of the car for as long as possible – Always thought this is only required up to 10kg
    Baby ages = 10 months (11kg)
    Tweeted

  31. Sofiah

    September 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I have learnt that no matter how tempting it is, I have to keep my kid in the rear facing seated position whilst seated in her car seat for as long as possible as it is so much safer. I thought only infants required rear facing, now I have learnt more, baby age is 2

  32. Taneille Coates

    September 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I love that you can rear face until 4 or even 6 years old , I bought a car seat I believed I could rear face my little boy Jack now 20 month in until 2 years ( the longest I thought it would be possible ) but recently found out I would have to face him forward when he reaches 13kg ( he’s now 12.8kg ) . I would love to win the car seat for him . We live slightly out of town at travel on a national road every day at 120kmph and rear face at such high speeds is just so much safer rear facing .

  33. Fatima moolla

    September 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

    My little boy will be 4 in October. He’s outgrown his car seat, which his baby sister is now using. I’ve learnt that’s it’s not OK to use an ordinary cushion place of a booster, as I had been doing. Guilty as charged! This is because an ordinary cushioning is too soft and not as properly anchored like a booster is. In a crash situation, a cushion would simply be flattened causing the child to slip forward out under the lap belt. I’m so glad I came across it, because as all parents we want to give our children the best possible protection..

  34. Anneke

    September 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Fact I learned is that a toy in my child’s hands could potentially become a dangerous projectile object. There are many things losely in my car, that from now on, I will secure in the boot. It doesn’t help I secure my child properly in her carseat, but a loose object in the car ends up hurting her. Laurika is 7 months on 2 October and weighs approximately 8kgs. I prefer to keep her rear-facing until the car seat doesn’t allow it anymore. Thanks Volvo and pretty messy mellon for sharing this insightful manual!

  35. Sharissa Naicker

    September 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Interesting for me was that you could have kids rear facing for up to four years if not longer where possible. Great benefits to this. Would love a seat for either my newborn or my almost 3 year old

  36. boitumelo

    September 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I love that car seat my little reabilwe Wil enjoy that seat so much his now 3 month old that car seat is an excellent choice for him

  37. Anushka Moonilal

    September 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I have learnt that there should be 2 fingers space between the harness and your baby to ensure baby is strapped in tight enough.
    I always had my kids in car sears but after this wonderful campaign I make sure that my 7 month old is strapped in rear facing even though he is in New older car seat.
    Baby age : 7 month old

  38. Anuschka

    September 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Rear facing is better and safer for children and should be for as long as possible, even up to the age of 6. My son is 2 and I would like to keep him rear facing for as long as possible. He seems happy to stay rear facing.

  39. Shelli Engel

    September 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I was not aware until I read the manufacturer’s manual that a baby or infant should be rear facing until 6 years. It has changed my idea on which seat I should get for my baby who is due December 2016.
    I will be sharing your article not just in the hopes that I win but also to raise awareness.
    #CarseatFullstop

  40. Telana de Necker

    September 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Every child under the age of 3 must be strapped in a car seat. Make sure your car seat is properly anchored, correctly fitted and facing the rear of the car. The baby seat will provide good protection for the first few months of the baby’s life. The seat should always be the right size for the baby. When the baby has grown to such an extent that its head reaches the top of its seat or beyond, then one has to change to a bigger seat. keep your child’s car seat rear view facing for as long as possible. Safety is my number one priority when travelling in a vehicle. Car seat full stop has made me more aware on car seat safety. What an awesome initiative. Every parent can learn something from this campaign #CarseatFullstop

  41. Telana de Necker

    September 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    My little boy is turning 2 in january and my daughter will be 4years ild in February. Holding thumbs to win a car seat. I will also spread awareness about the importance of car seat safety. Holding thumbs

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  43. Marga

    September 27, 2016 at 2:23 am

    1. Children should be in rearward facing seats until 3years old (and I thought it was just for the stage 0 carseat!)
    2. Luke – 4 months
    3. Shared on facebook

  44. Jenna Sprenger

    September 27, 2016 at 4:16 am

    I am 6 and a half months pregnant and always worry about safety belt safety when driving now. It is very interesting to read how important it is to wear a safety belt and that I am not the only one who worries about their unborn child.

  45. Bianca Bradfield

    September 27, 2016 at 4:47 am

    However, recent research shows that
    when a forward-facing child (in appropriate restraints) is positioned in the
    front passenger seat, the airbag (in some car models) should not be switched
    off. This recommendation is due to the development of frontal airbags, which
    has taken place during the last few years. Always check your car’s manual to
    see what applies to your car. – I didn’t know that it was ok to have the airbags on near children. I thought that they always had to be off

    My children are 2 years old (13 kgs) and 5 years old (17kgs)

  46. Ibtisaam

    September 27, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I’ve been following this campaign from the get go and was so intrigued by it that everytime I see a child in a car without a seat I feel like scolding the parents lol. Seriously, this has brought so much awareness in me.
    I’ve learnt that your child should be in a rear facing seat as it is more safe as the child cannot handle the impact of being thrown forward if an accident occurs. Thanks for all the helpful hints and tips.
    Not too long ago, someone I know was in an accident and their baby got hurt as she was not in a seat. I WAS SO UPSET!!!
    I’ve been saving to buy my daughter a seat now. She will be 1 in 2 weeks. She loves driving in a car for some reason, we even take her for a drive to make her fall asleep lol. Only problem is that we now need a seat for her. A seat for her birthday? She will love it.
    Fingers crossed.
    Again. I love this campaign. Keep it up.

  47. lisa hudson

    September 27, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I never knew it is best to have a rear facing seat until the baby is 3! Wow. Interesting read about the vertebrae. Was shocked to read 15% of sa kids are not strapped in. Scary scary scary. Now that I’m aware you see it all the time.

  48. Kelly jennings

    September 27, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Rear facing is the way to go. I learnt that this is safer for children.
    My daughter is 2 years old(13 kgs

  49. Mohini

    September 27, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Hi Pretty Messy Melon & Volvo! Thank you for the learning opportunity. I’ve discovered that there should be about two finger-spaces between the harness and the child for appropriate tightness in the seat. Also, a child should be rear-facing in a car seat up until the ages of 3 or 4! I’m expecting my baby any day now..

  50. Kerry

    September 27, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I knew that it was best to rear face when babies were little, but I didn’t realise it was till 3 or 4! I will now be getting an extended rear facing car seat for my second son so that he can be as safe as possible! He is 6 months and 6.5kgs, but I’m looking to win the car seat for his next stage, after 1 year old!

  51. Lisa Francis

    September 27, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Very interesting read. I never knew that a child should stay rear facing for as long as possible, for extra support, especially in a front inpact accident. My 2yr old little boy Ethan about 12kgs is facing the front as his car seat does not go rear facing. Thanks for thos very important info. Time to look for a new seat urgently for more safety. Thanks Volvo…

  52. Alicia Oelofse

    September 27, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Rearward-facing child seats – baby’s first journey: The car seat needs to be properly anchored and correctly fitted and facing the rear of the car. We are expecting our first baby in April next year and winning a car seat would be extremely useful :D Thank you Volvo and Pretty Messy Mellon for sharing this lovely competition and super useful information.

  53. David Dunn

    September 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I learnt that all minors up to the age of 4 should have rear facing car seats! Our baby is due March 2017.

  54. Karen Nysschen

    September 27, 2016 at 11:35 am

    The safest way of travelling in a car is rearwards.

    I have taken this point to heart and have opted to keep my 1,5 year old daughter rearwards facing for longer. She has very low-muscle tone, so her neck muscles are even weaker than other babies her age.

    What an informative booklet thanks so much!

  55. Sharleen

    September 27, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I have learnt Rear facing is the way to go as its safer for children up to 3 years or longer.

  56. Matthew

    September 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

    1- I have learned that babies need to be placed in a rearward facing position because their necks cannot handle the impact of being thrown forward during an accident or collision.
    2- Noah is 4 years old and loves riding in the car and going on adventures :)

  57. chrismari

    September 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    In Sweden there is a certification called ‘Plus test’ to protect the neck of the child in a crash, something which is not evaluated in
    the regulatory testing (i.e in SA carseats).

    What??? Sad that it is nog included in regulatory testing but would be thrilled to get my hands on a Volvo carseat!
    Joshua aged 1yr5mnths weighs 14kg. Shared on fb!!

  58. Adele

    September 27, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    1. I think the thing which probably stood out for me the most is that the child needs to be in a suitable child restraint for the child’s age, height and weight… My little guy is quite big for his age, so tends to meet the weight and height categories of some of the forward facing seats earlier than he should be age wise!! But definitely going to be keeping him rearfacing for as long as possible, coz learnt its recommended they stay rearfacing till at least 3 years, longer if possible!!
    2. My munchkin is 13 months
    3. Shared on fb

  59. Chereen

    September 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    The stand-out fact for me is that children should be in rear-facing carseats until they’re 4. We moved Noah into a booster seat when he was two and a half, and I’ve contemplated moving him back into a rear-facing carseat since I discovered that. Based on his weight (and the fact that he’s 3 and a half, turning 4 in January), we’ve decided to stick to a booster seat, but I’d love to get my hands on the Volvo booster seat as it just seems that much safer. I also learnt that, when seated in a booster seat, the lap belt should sit flat on your child’s thighs, and NOT on their tummy. Lots of adjustments made on our side since reading the manual – such helpful advice!

  60. Leana McLean

    September 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    We have learnt that it is best to have a rear-facing safety carseat up to 25kg and we will definitely implement this with our son.

    He is 2 and a half.

    I have shared this post on Facebook and Instagram

  61. thea lennox

    September 27, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    1.) Body proportions, how different restraints are best suitable for different age groups example a baby versus a toddler. Rear facing is best
    2.) Henco is turning 1 in December
    3.) shared on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram #CarSeatFullStop

  62. Debbie Knighton-Fitt

    September 27, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I think like most moms, the rear facing/forward facing issue is a biggie. And that’s my take away. My 2 year old boy is forward facing and now I’m going to have to fight him on the rear facing idea…

    Wow. I’ve loved this campaign and the awareness it’s brought. Thank you!

  63. Yvonne

    September 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I learnt that a child should not travel with the diagonal belt under the arm because of an increased risk of head impacts as well as the safety belt penetrating the softer parts of the chest and stomach, in case of a crash. This fact hit home. Our van’s safety belt still cuts my 5 year old’s neck and she always puts the belt under her arm, so obviously it’s not the right booster seat. The guidelines are very informative, thank you. I’ve got a baby on the way, 2 year old and a 4 year old.

  64. Jacqui Wilmot

    September 28, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I was surprised to read that a child should rear face until 3 years! I had understood that 2 years was sufficient and now realise that I turned my first born prematurely. I will be making sure that my second child rear faces for the appropriate amount of time.
    I am in need of a seat for a newborn.

  65. Kim Muller

    September 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I know now that my eldest needs a booster seat till he’s at least 1.5 m tall and that the seatbelt should be flat on his lap and over his chest, not cutting into his neck. I know now that my youngest should still be rearfacing until he’s at 4 years old (he’s only 2 and he’s not rearfacing).

    Ethan just recently turned 2 years old.

  66. Marietjie Retief

    September 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Children should be in rearfacing car seats till the age of 3 years. Dawid = 12 weeks old

  67. Taimeia Hussain

    September 28, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I had initially thought that babies only needed to be rear facing until age 2! I’m glad to have found out in time that my two year old is not yet ready to forward face. My baby is 2 years old and 12 kgs

  68. Chantall Pearson

    September 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve never given my full attention to the facts about forward-facing chairs but have also never seen the statistics until now!!! My little girl is 14-months and currently in a forward-facing chair… :/

  69. Kirston

    September 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I have learned that babies have to be placed in a rearward facing position because their necks cannot handle the impact of being thrown forward during an accident.
    My babygirl, Kaylin, is 2 years old and I want our drives to be as safe as I can possibly make it for her.
    #rearfacingisbest
    #carseatfullstop
    -shared on Facebook

  70. Ayesha Motala

    September 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I have never known about the importance of foward verses rear facing, now that I have learnt about what the impact of an accident can do, I will always keep my child rear facing

  71. Ayesha Motala

    September 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    would like it for my 2 month old baby

  72. Carina Dewaal

    September 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Children get injured or even die from using the incorrect size car seat and because car seats are not properly mounted to a car. I have learned here how important it is that your child has the correct seat and I would really like the Volvo car seat to keep my six month old baby girl, Janina, safe, she is my everything… She is a big girl, 9.4 kg’s at six month, a whole lot for mommy to love and protect.

  73. Carina Dewaal

    September 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Also so very important that a car seat is rear facing! #responsiblemommy #safetyfirst

  74. Emma

    September 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I learnt that the first crash test dummy had a name:Sierra Sam

    I’m going to make sure our 20 month daughter travels rearward facing until 4 and will be rearward facing regardless of whose car she may be travelling in.

    What a invaluable campaign. Thank you.

    1. Gareth

      September 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      The rearward facing car seat was developed by Volvo in 1972

      My daughter is 20 months

  75. Jadzia Zarusinska

    September 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Defenelty important to have a child rear facing as long as possible as well as correct way to buckle up my little girl.
    My baby girl is 1 year old and she would be so grateful for the new carseat. Xxxx

  76. Margie Williams

    September 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Children should be in rear facing seats until age 3 or 4. I’m a granny to a 21 month precious grand daughter and I want to see her safe when she travels with me.

  77. Tasleem Ameer

    September 29, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Hi :) I’m about to be a first time mom-due in December! My husband and I have been going crazy trying to find the perfect car seat and pram and then I came across your post-so informative!

    I always thought I’d put my baby in a forward-facing car seat but after reading the Volvo manual I realise that babies aren’t suited for that. I’ve learnt that their little bodies are not developed enough to withstand being jerked forward in a crash and that’s why rear-facing is safer! Also, Volvo is really working hard to make the ideal, lightweight and supportive car seat so I would love to put my baby in one from the moment he’s born.

    Thank you for the informative post!

  78. Leigh geary

    September 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’m hoping to have another little nunu in the next little while! So newborn. :)

  79. Leigh geary

    September 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

    To add I have learnt soooooo much but my biggest surprise has been that a child needs to stay rear-facing til 4!

  80. CHANTAL MINORDS

    September 29, 2016 at 10:07 am

    What an interesting and good read for any parent or parent-to-be.
    “Rearward-facing seats dramatically reduce the risk of injuries in the event of a collision. In the event of a highly violent frontal impact, it is the difference between life and death.”
    This part in the manual really got my attention because we take it for granted how quickly accidents can happen.

    Im entering for my niece or nephew that’s arriving in Feb 2017 so the Infant Seat R4,012, For use from Birth till 13kgs would be perfect. I want the best possible safety for him or her :-)
    My kids are a bit older now but I want to teach them the importance of this with their little cousin as well.

    Thanks
    Chantal Minords

  81. kare Marais

    September 29, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Rear facing is best up until a specific age and weight. Body proportions, how different restraints are best suitable for different age groups – when your child is a baby and then as a toddler. My daughter is still rear facing, we were currently looking to get her a bigger chair as she has out grown he infant chair. I will definitely keep her in a rear facing seat, now that I know how much safer it is and the reasons behind it. I was brought up in a home where seat belts always had to be worm if the car was moving – no distance was to short!

    My daughter Emily is 7 moths old and the Exclusively rear facing child seat 9kg till 35kg, would be the best chair for her. Shared on Facebook.

  82. Sandika Daya

    September 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I didn’t know you should keep your child rear facing for so long. In fact, the reason I bought our current carseat bar is so that we could use it rear facing now and change to a front facing car seat in about a year. My baby is 4 months old and I’ve shared on Twitter as @SandiSplash.

  83. Aliki

    September 29, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Wow, I’ve actually learnt that VOLVO manufactures car seats! We’ve actually got a totally wrong seat for my son. It’s the number 2 seat and can ONLY face forward. Nathan is 15 months old and almost 10kg, so he should actually still be facing backwards. Thank you VOLVO and Pretty Messy Melon for giving us the opportunity to win this AMAZING prize!

  84. Sameera rawat

    September 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

    What an informative article …gives one a whole new Spective on the rear facing child seat and having always thought it’s better to have a front facing seat ….my son is 1 yr 6 months and I need a car seat for him as he has outgrown his baby car seat

  85. Marina

    September 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I so need it for my 13month old baby <3

  86. Rouxda Viljoen

    September 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I have learned that rear facing is better and you should apply it for as long as possible. I must admit that i always thought this rule and safety method only applies for little babies. I will make use of this rules and habits once baby arrives.

  87. Waseema Jacobs

    September 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I have learnt that babies and children should be kept rear facing as long as possible. There are different types of restraints for different age groups.

    After reading the manual, I definitely need a more appropriate car seat.

    My baby is 11 months old.

  88. Dominique

    September 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    My daughter is 18 months old and still rear facing. However her current carseat is only suitable for rear facing till 13 kgs and she is currently 11.5 kgs. I often get asked why my car seat is the wrong way around and then I use that opportunity to educate people on how much safer my daughter is facing backwards.

    From the manual I learnt that I should definitely not be switching her around when she is 13kgs but rather rear face for as long as possible! Would love a Volvo car seat to be able to do this till she is at least 4 years of age :) I also was unaware that Volvo actually manufactured car seats until this campaign.

    Would absolutely LOVE to win this carseat as I’m already such an ambassador for extended rear facing.

  89. Maryanne Young

    September 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I did not know that the lap section of the seatbelt should be routed over the child’s thighs and not across their stomach when seated in a booster seat! I have been doing it wrong all the time. My daughter is 8

  90. Vanessa Elliott

    September 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Would love to win this for my next child. My little boy is 15 months but money is tight so he has been forward facing since 9kg which was when he was 9 months. Don’t want to do that with my next one. The brochure said they should be rear facing until the age of 6 because their little necks can’t handle the whiplash in an accident.

  91. Pauline Mendes

    September 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    “Research shows that the risk of a young child being killed or seriously injured is 5x greater in a forward-facing seat than in a rearward-facing one”
    I didn’t realize that there were even rearward facing sets that go up to age 3. I always thought a 3 year old was too big for rearfacing. I’m definitely going to look into this for my 2.5 year old.

    I have a 2.5year old and am due with baby number 2 in Jan 2017.

  92. Roxanne Chutthergoon

    September 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Learnt that kiddo’s should actually be in rear facing seats, who knew? Definitely an eye-opener for me and something that I am going to implement from now on. Would love to win for a four year old. Shared on Twitter – @Roxi_23

  93. Carina de Klerk

    September 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    The fact I found very interesting was: The neck vertebrae of a new-born baby are composed of separate portions of
    bone joined by cartilage so they need extra support and it is best to be rearwards facing as then if you are in an accident the child’s necj doesnt lash forward and break. I will be getting myself a new car seat as mine is not rear facing and I do not think it is safe enough, but I will just have to wait for the competition to end first :P Caden is 3 months old and 8.15kg. I would love to win the car seat that starts at 15kg as he will probably be that weight not too long from now. Holding thumbs

  94. Sandi Smith

    September 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    “Volvo Cars always recommends the use of rearward-facing seats for as long as possible – at
    least until the age of 3 or 4.” I never knew this and when you know better you do better. This manual is the best reference i have read guiding parents for the right choices in child car safety. I have two babies. Age 4 and 1.

  95. Shakira Khan

    September 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I had no idea about kids being rear facing till they older.. I also learnt something about myself, I’m pregnant and I stopped wearing a seat belt, but I leant that I should still use it and learnt how to wear it..

    I’m pregnant with twins.. I currently have 1 car seat which was my elder sons.. But I definitely will need another one for newborns..

    I shared on Facebook and downloaded the manual

  96. Holly

    September 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Hi there!

    After reading the manual, I learnt that a child is ready for a bigger car seat when their head is at the top of the car seat and there’s no more room for them to grow. I always thought it was simply when my child’s legs seemed a bit cramped. I knew that rearward facing was best but by reading the manual I found out that rearward facing is best until six! My little boy Rory is 9 months old in two weeks time…. He is getting big for his current car seat. Would be wonderful to win this prize, even though I don’t have the Volvo to go with it!

  97. Carina Bronkhorst

    September 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I didn’t know that when rearward facing and not being able to stretch out its legs fully will not affect the child’s safety – will certainly keep my youngest rear facing for much longer that I did when her brothers were babies (2008 and 2009). When you know better, you do better.

    She is 3 (17kgs) and currently in a rear facing seat, would love to be able to continue rear facing until she is 6, in a Volvo car seat.

    *Downloaded the manual. thanks;
    * Shared on facebook and twitter
    #carseatfullstop , because the alternative is unbearable

  98. Camilla Gilchrist

    September 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I did not understand WHY using a rear facing car seat until your child is atleast 3-4 years old was so important.
    It now makes absolute sense.
    I learnt that our babies head to body ratio is much greater than an adult.
    The vertebrae, ligaments etc in their necks cannot adequately support the weight of their head during a collision if facing forward.
    I was going to purchase a forward facing car seat for my 9 month old son soon as his head is nearly touching the top of his current seat.
    I will be buying a rear facing car seat instead, especially since its proven to reduce chance of injury by 90%
    Thank you for so much for sharing.

  99. Lisel Laubscher

    September 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I’ve learnt that it’s best to keep the child rear facing until the age of 3! I’ve got big boys so the Volvo car seat will defenatly come in handy. I have two boys a 2,5 year old and a 9 month (who already is 11.5kg) old.

  100. Nicole

    September 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve learnt that I turned my 3yr old daughter too soon to forward facing and that if I won this car seat I would change her back around to be rear-facing.
    I’ve learnt about the head/neck/body proportions (bigger head in infants and smaller children are supported by a weak neck) hence the added safety of being rear-facing.
    My middle daughter (I have 3) is 3 years old and weighs about 16kgs.
    I’ve shared this post on Facebook.

  101. Kent

    September 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve learnt that children even as old as 12yrs still benefit from sitting in a booster chair. So it would still make sense that my 6 almost 7yr old petite daughter 18kgs be sitting in a booster seat (especially as the seat belt would be in a better position ) as she is currently only using a seat belt.

  102. Kerryn Broodryk

    September 30, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Wow, all those stats at the end about the injuries that can occur at different speeds was quite scary. I was concerned to read that even people who use carseats don’t always install them correctly. But the biggest thing is becoming aware of just how important it is to have rear-facing seats for the 1-4 age group. I am now definitely going to get rear facing seats for my now 1 year old twins.

  103. Amy

    September 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

    “risk of a young child being killed or seriously injured is five times greater in a forward-facing seat than in a rearward-facing one.” – my son will not be in a forward facing seat until he is at least 3! He is now 1.

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