I have a 5 yr old starting next week. I will need a booster seat for him (natch) for the few occasions we are in the car. Should I shell out the 60 odd quid (bearing in mind my 2 yr old will eventually use it) now or ask parents to supply one? It won't be simple for them as I am getting him from school. Also, I have a 1 yr old too whom I can provide a car seat for as we have a spare one, so feel unfair that I am not treating the children/parents in the same way. Anyway, I am almost typing myself the solution here, but wondered what everyone else provided?
I provide all seats as some of them are car specific. Not all car seats fit properly in all cars. In 22 years, I have not had a parent supply one, but I have had a donation towards a special needs one.
I provide all car seats from birth to the booster seats that you sit on until the right height. This way I know the history of the seats and that I am not carrying mindees round on seats that have been in accidents or bought on car boots to get a 'cheapy' for the cm as only there some days a week.
I have changed my car, I have just spent £320 on two Isofix seats. They are tools of the trade and and a tax deductible expense. I provide a service to parents and providing the correct safety equipment is part of that all inclusive service.
You can get Britax Evolva boosters with backs in Halfords for around £45, less if you shop around on the internet.
I had to buy one for the childminder as she was perfectly happy to buy a second hand one for dd at a NCT sale despite all advice saying otherwise, I wasn't happy with this at all. I only knew where it came from (the sale) because I was there too and she was quite happy with her 'bargin' Grrr.
i also see carseats as tools of the trade and now have 3 Maxi Cosi carseats, two Britax booster seats with side and back panels and two cheapy bum booster seats. Set me back a fortune at the time but my parents appreciate it and of course sharing with parents can be a pain in the backside, with getting carseats in and out of cars every day.
I have a full complement of car seats 1 baby carrier, 3 up to 4yrs and 3 booster seats (1 with back and 2 without). They take up most of my house LOL I agree they have to be able to fit your vehicle so it is safer to supply them.