Last week I was invited to Britax (pronounced brEYE tax, I know you were wondering!) in gorgeous Charlotte, North Carolina to visit their headquarters and learn more about their company as a part of the Britax Latina Advisory Board! I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but was so excited to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing company. I had knew about Britax before, but never did a ton of research into the company. After seeing the outstanding products they offer, I’m upset at myself for not having ALL my kids in Britax car seats.
Let me share some of the highlights from my trip and some of the things I learned!
I flew in to Charlotte from New Mexico…here is a view from the sky:
After arriving I met with an amazing group of blogueras from all over the country! We were picked up and taken to our hotel to get ready for dinner. Britax had set up an amazing dinner for us that we got to meet up with even more amigas! We got all dressed up, headed to dinner and got to meet with a lot of people from Britax, eat an amazing dinner and play some fun games!
Look at this aMaZiNg Tuxedo Cheesecake:
Here I am with my new friend, Amanda from Thoughts from Her:
After our great dinner, we headed back to our rooms for some needed r&r! We had to get started early the next morning!
We headed to the headquarters early in the a.m. to meet even more people that work for Britax. The employees were all so helpful, caring and enthusiastic. They were very genuine in their eagerness to meet us and show us the outstanding company they all work for.
We were taken to a conference room and each chose a seat that had a little gift bag. Awe, I love gifts!
We were able to meet with John Chamberlain, the President of Britax. He gave us an overview of the company, their standards and why they are absolutely, without a doubt, the most amazing child safety company!
We were given demonstrations of each of the products that Britax offers. The car seats have so many safety features, I felt horrible for putting my kids in their seats for these years…..I should have invested in Britax!
Everyone’s favorite demo was the B-Agile stroller. We all ooh’d and aah’d over how quickly and easily you can fold it. I felt so bad because we made him fold it probably 50 times because we couldn’t believe it. We timed it and it took 2 seconds to fold….even while wearing wedges! Honestly, you just push a button, pull up on the strap and voila, it is folded and easy to carry:
We also got to walk through where the car seats are put together and the testing facility. I can’t share pictures from that portion of our trip, but I can tell you, we got teary-eyed watching the sled tests with the dummy kids in car seats. It’s hard to watch a kid being thrown around in an accident!
Britax puts so much time and effort into ensuring each of their products exceeds the safety standards that have been set. There is so much testing that is done to ensure the highest level of safety for our most precious cargo.
- Car seats are not kept in inventory. They are first in, first out. You don’t want a car seat that has been sitting for months and months in a warehouse! Car seats are made as the orders come in!
- There are safe cells built into the car seat base. In the case of an accident, these cells compress to help keep the child’s head from being forced forward.
- Rip Stitch Tethers break away in the event of an accident. This helps to soften the impact on the child.
- There is side-impact protection in all car seats.
- Britax incorporates features that lower the child’s center of gravity, strengthen the child seat, and manage crash energy.
- Britax car seats incorporate high-density foam which helps to absorb crash forces while providing an extra layer of padding for your child.
If you are on Twitter, please follow Britax at @SafeConBritax!
It is an unbelievable honor to be a part of such an outstanding company and group of women. I felt so at home and a part of a team being with everyone. Being Latina, we are sometimes looked at as if we aren’t as good as others. I hear the kids making fun of the “Mexican” kids on the playground like it’s a bad thing to be Mexican. Carolina told a touching story that made many of us tear up a little. If you take a $100 bill and throw in on the ground, step on it and then spit on it. How much is it worth? It’s still $100 regardless of what you have done. Being Latino is the same thing. It doesn’t matter how much we are put down or looked down on, we just need to know our worth.
I am bi-racial, being Latina on my dad’s side. I don’t look like it….but that doesn’t mean it isn’t in my blood. I felt so connected with all of the amazing women I met at Britax, we share a common bond. Growing up it was easy for me to “fit in” with the “white” kids because I looked like them….but my name was different. As I got older, I realized the importance of really embracing my heritage. I will not hide it, or try to “fit in” with the others. I am who I am, take it or leave it, love me or hate me. I am Latina, I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished.
This group of women that came together just reinforced that feeling. We are a group of highly-motivated, intelligent, loving and beautiful women. We are powerful and will show what we all have to offer.
Thank you Joscelyn and Carolina for allowing me to be a part of this group. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!
Disclosure: The information provided for this post is because I am a Britax Latina Advisory Board Member and Blogger. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories are my own.