The other weekend, Tara declared that her current booster seat was not going to cut it. According to her, the backless kind we had purchased was not comfortable and made sleeping next to impossible on the long journeys we apparently take all the time. Despite the booster we have being a good one and the fact that the farthest we go these days is the Guildford Mall, we decided that we would take her to check out the options out there.
We hit TJ’s The Kiddies Store on Marine first. I haven’t been in there since Tara was a baby and I think I triggered some sort of dead uterus warning system when I walked in as it felt like the entire store was about to make that Donald (Body Snatchers) Sutherland face at me. But we shoved the $1000 strollers aside and headed to the car seats.
TJ’s is the funnest place to people watch. They have a great variety of price points and products for all types of parents. The funnest ones are the newbs and the grandparents to be. They are bursting with excitement and buy EVERY gadget invented. The sales people must love em. Our sales guy was a genius. Rather than talking safety and price pointt with us – the old and jaded parents whose diaper bag days were long over, he focused his pitch on Tara. It was awe inspiring and went on longer than some car deals. I kid you not. I think we were there for almost two hours.
And it worked. While Tara had been keen on the PINK seat she first laid eyes on and claimed had all the comfort she needed. While it was cheap enough, we were not keen on the design. WE liked a more expensive brand that locked in. She claimed it was not comfortable and there we were. A vast cavern of not backing down between us.
Our intrepid sales dude would not give up and determined to get his sale did some quick thinking and showed us another idea that would hopefully please everyone.
Honestly…I can’t get over that something like this exists and is now in the back of my car. It startles me when I catch a glimpse of her looking at me through the rearview mirror. However, SHE is happy. It meets our safety standards (Sam our sales guy even helped install it) and our princess is now travelling those long long distances we travel in Disney comfort.