Di Di’s sharing:
When I was first introduced to the car seat, I struggled with the idea. My Daddy is very careful. He said I must sit in the toddler’s car seat and not sit on Mummy’s lap for safety reason. In fact Daddy said from 2012 onwards, it is compulsory under the traffic regulation in Singapore to have children sitting in the proper type of children car seat for safety reason.
When I first sat on the car seat, I was not very pleased because I want to sit on Mummy’s lap. You can see that I am frowning, I want my Mummy and her lap!
After a few rides, I began to enjoy sitting on my own car seat and I am smiling now. By the way, my car seat is facing the rear compared to others which are front facing. My Daddy said infants and young toddlers should have rear facing seats as they are safer than front facing seats. This is because infants and toddlers do not have strong neck muscle and they would suffer more severe injury if the seats are front facing. In a frontal collision (which is the most common type of collision), even with the seat belt restraints, during the collision, the head will move forward at a high speed before the seat belt restrains the body and stop head movement.
I hope I get to grow up soon and graduate to front facing seat so as to enjoy the view better. In the meantime, my parents said safety is most important!