Renee - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am the mommy of a 9 month old baby boy, Ethan. He is my 4th child, but my husband's first, and he is the first grandchild for my in-laws. They are amazing grandparents. He visits with them almost every day, they moved from another state to be close to us, and even live in the same apartment complex, which I LOVE. They would never do anything to intentionally harm my son, but we recently rode with them in their car (they bought a new safer car and installed a good carseat for Ethan) and I was extremely disturbed to see that NEITHER of them wore their seatbelts! Ethan's grandma rides in the back seat with him every time, and Grandpa drives. I have seen information about seatbelt safety, and I know that unbuckled passengers are EXTREMELY unsafe, not just to themselves, but also to restrained passengers. They can become projectiles in a crash. The thought of them having an accident and Grandma flying into my baby boy makes me feel sick to my stomach, to the point that I haven't let him go anywhere with them since I learned that they don't buckle up. I need to talk to them and let them know this, but I am afraid that they will agree to wear their seatbelts so he can go, and won't really do it. How do I talk to them without offending them? I am having a hard time with this, they love to go on little outings with Ethan, but I won't let him be in an unsafe situation just so they won't get offended.