Some of the most creative people in the world are moms. From designing baby’s room, to preparing meals, and providing a learning-enriched environment, mothers are one of the most creative people who go unrecognized for their inventive prowess. But this can be changed. 21st Century Insurance is offering a $10,000 cash prize to the person who can create a baby on board sign. We are all familiar with the yellow diamond-shaped sign displayed in the backs of SUVs, but this contest calls for a turn to a more creative interpretation of this classic symbol. Here, moms can display their creativity for crafting by using anything from homemade fabrics, woodwork, paint, photography, clay-work, and Photoshop; really any elements or resources that one can harness towards a creative outlet is acceptable.
Turn to history for inspiration
The classic baby on board sign was first marketed in 1984 by Safety 1st Corporation and became a fad that swept through the 80s. It inspired an entire slew of knock-off signs such as “Dodgers fan on board” or “German shepherd on board”. Perhaps moms could take a fad from today’s popular culture and integrate it into this old classic.
Child automobile safety
Protecting your child isn’t only a mother’s duty but it is also the law. Finding the right car seat is of prime importance to ensuring your child will be protected in the unfortunate event you were to have a car accident, or even have to break suddenly. Knowing what kind of car seats offer the best safety and versatility for all conditions can easily be researched through articles published by Consumer Reports. In one such article the author examines how to properly fit a child into a car seat or booster seat when the little one is wearing a heavy winter coat. You will want to make adjustments to the straps and fittings to properly fit the child, given the fact that he/she will have additional bulky layers to ensure warmth in cold weather. The article offers ways in which moms can check to see if their child’s coat is too big to wear under their harness, as well as what one can do to test if it is too big:
- Put the coat on your child, sit them in the child seat and fasten the harness. Tighten the harness until you can no longer pinch any of the harness webbing with your thumb and forefinger.
- Without loosening the harness, remove your child from the child seat,
- Take the coat off, and put your child back in the child seat and buckle the harness straps, which are still adjusted as they were when he was wearing the coat.
- If you can now pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger, then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.
Inspired by child safety
By taking these steps to ensure your child’s winter coat and car seat work together to keep the little one as safe as can be, you may gather inspiration to adapt this into the contest for 21st. Just imagine the renovations you can make to baby’s room with an extra $10K!