When I was a new mom, I was terrified of putting my baby in the car seat. Actually, I still am. Luckily, because we live in the city, we don’t need to take a car too often. But, every time we had to get a Lyft or ZipCar, I’m neurotic about making sure my son’s seat belt clasp is at the proper height: right at the top of the chest. Now, it seems that I’m not alone. Honestly, I’m sure most parents do this, but one mom’s nagging probably saved her baby from being injured in a car accident—all because she was obsessed with his seat belt safety.
Rebecca Tafaro Boyer was used to being around her baby, William, constantly for the first few months of his life. However, when she went back to work, she had to relinquish some of her control. Once her husband, David, started looking after William, she asked him to send her updates on how William was doing.
One day, David sent a picture of William in his car seat as they were about to go out. Rebecca was surprised to see that William’s seat belt was fastened far too low—and she told her husband he needed to fix that immediately.
“My nagging wife reply was to correct William’s position in the car seat. The straps were too loose and the chest clip was way too low. And because I know my husband, I’m sure that he laughed at me and rolled his eyes before tightening the car seat and fixing the chest clip.”
15 minutes later, David called Rebecca with the scary news that they had been in a car accident. Someone had pulled into traffic to turn left, and David didn’t have enough time to stop the car. “Honey, we had a car wreck. We are fine, but the car is going to be totaled,” he told Rebecca.
He had “slammed on the brakes at nearly 50 miles an hour before colliding with the front passenger side door of her SUV,” Rebecca wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.
“My precious little bundle of joy was so well restrained in his car seat THAT HE DIDN’T EVEN WAKE UP. Even with the impact of the two cars, William only received a minor jolt — so insignificant that he was able to continue on with his nap, and then spend the next two hours flirting with nurses in the Le Bonheur ED.”
Unfortunately, David broke his foot and the car was totaled. But, as Rebecca wrote, while “cars can be replaced [her[ boys can’t.”
Rebecca shared her story to remind other parents that sometimes nagging can be helpful. “I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely. I can’t even begin to imagine how different the outcome could have been. I truly believe that the reason my family is at home sitting on the couch with a pair of crutches instead of down at the hospital is because of my annoying nagging mom voice,” she said.
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