Watch what happens when you try to fit a baby seat into a convertible
Sure, you may not be able to party like you used to, and yes, your time is definitely not entirely your own anymore, but it turns out, there is one way to steer clear of being a 'basic' parent: your ride.
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In 2017, Mike Julianelle became the dad blogger who launched a thousand pics via his Instagram account, Got Toddlered

To show how physically transforming parenting really is, Julianelle asked parents to share pictures of themselves before and after having children, and parents everywhere couldn't resist the challenge. 

From expanded waistlines to practically non-existent social lives, the #GotToddlered hashtag showed us that maybe kids really do steal your cool. 


See more hilarious #GotToddlered before and afters here: Parents share hilarious pictures of themselves before and after having kids


Do it really got to be like that though? 

More than a bit of a downer, huh? But do it really got to be like that though?

Sure, you may not be able to party like you used to, and yes, your time is definitely not entirely your own anymore, but it turns out, there is one way to steer clear of being a 'basic' parent: your car. 

We teamed up with the Wheels24 team and found that if you've already spent your money on a trippy ride, there is no reason to trade it in for a more family-friendly option, especially when baby comes along and you need to be able to fit a baby seat. 

Armed with the knowledge that while compact, sports cars these days come baby seat compatible, we approached the task with optimism and a 'how hard could it be?' mindset, and found that this is one area where doing some thorough research is a must not a maybe. 

If you haven't already, watch the video above and see us fail miserably. 

The problem? While the Ford Mustang Convertible we got our hands on was baby seat compatible and designed with two Isofix fittings in the back seat, the baby seat we procured was vehicle specific, and mismatched to the convertible. 

The solution? Parent24!

Yep, you're already in the right place to find everything you need to know about baby seats (and all things parenting!).

Here's a list of articles to guide you on your car seat adventures:

How to find affordable car seats in South Africa 

When you take the price of these seats over the 10 to 12 years that you can use it, they are very affordable.

Car seat safety

When choosing a car seat keep these important guidelines in mind.

62 facts about car seat safety you may not know but really should 

93% of South Africans aren’t strapping in their kids even though a car seat reduces the risk of your child dying by up to 71%. Strap your child in every single time – no matter what!

How to buy a car seat 

Buying a car seat is one of the most important buys parents can make. Here's how to choose one that fits your family.

Avoid making these 4 common car-safety mistakes

Whether your road tripping to another province or just visiting family in a neighbouring area, take the right precautions to ensure your child’s safety in the car when travelling.

Buckle up the right way 

A child restraint is your child's best protection against death or injury in a collision. Proper child restraints will reduce the risk of fatal injury to children by 71% and of serious injury by 67%. But do you know which one to buy?

Precious cargo: Choosing a car seat for different ages 

Here’s what you need to know when choosing the right car seat for your most precious cargo.

Travel tips for moms with babies, by moms with babies! 

"Try to book the aisle seat right at the back of the plane. The changing table is in that toilet..." These moms are spilling their secrets to making travelling with a baby less complicated.Here’s what you need to know when choosing the right car seat for your most precious cargo.

How safe is your car for your child? Take a look at these 5 vehicle ratings 

We take a look at five popular small cars in the South African market and see just how safe the structures are for children in terms of Global NCAP safety ratings.

Babywearing is not an alternative to a car seat 

Even though babywearing is 100% safe, it is not to be used in place of a car seat.

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