6 Car Seat Safety Tips
Before taking a road trip with the family, it's always important to make sure your car will be safe for everyone riding inside. If you have little ones who still need to ride in car seats, it's even more important that they are secured in an appropriate seat. Here are six car seat safety tips to keep your baby safe.
Get The Right Seat
Car seat types may be confusing, but knowing which fits your child best can help save their life in a crash. The types of car seats appropriate for each child usually depend on age, weight, and height. Younger children should be positioned in a rear-facing car seat to better protect their weak necks. Older children will graduate into a forward-facing car seat, and eventually, a booster seat. Some seats convert between stages while others are solely meant for one position. Pick a car seat that will work best for your family's lifestyle.
Know Car Seat's Limits
Each car seat is designed differently. With that in mind, make sure you know the limits of your child's seat so that when the seat is outgrown, you can pair your child with a new one quickly. Even with different designs, there are general guidelines for which style of seat your child should be using. They follow average height and weight limits per age group, and should be adjusted accordingly to how your child is growing.
Install It Correctly
A car seat isn't useful if it can slide around the back of the car during an accident. To be sure your seat is installed correctly and is ready for use, find a local car seat check. Car seat checks are usually performed at police stations, hospitals, and more. They'll inspect the seat, making sure it's properly secured in the car. Sometimes local governments will even set up roadside car seat checks in parking lots around town.
Use It Correctly
When looking for car seats, it's important to think about whether the design is user-friendly. A seat may look nice and be top of the line, but if you can't buckle or unbuckle your child easily, it may be worth finding a different seat. You never know what situation you'll be in when you need to get them out of the car quickly. It's also helpful to think about what your lifestyle is like. If you're always juggling five things at once, you'll probably want a seat that's easy to buckle using one hand.
Know Where Your child Is Sitting
Car seats are so important for keeping your child safe, but they aren't useful if you aren't following the guidelines. Make sure your car seat in placed in the back seat. There's a reason there are warnings everywhere against letting young children sit up front with the driver. Even if the car seat is the back seat, it isn't safe for the youngest of children unless it's facing backwards. Turning your child's car seat around too early is dangerous for your child. Also, car seats should never face an airbag. Airbags are great for protecting adults in crashes, but for young children who aren't strong enough to handle impact, the results could be tragic.
Know How Your Child Fits
If you live in a climate with changing seasons or areas that are generally cold, your child may be wearing bulky baby clothes to stay warm. Make sure that whatever your child is wearing doesn't interfere with the restraints. Extra clothing or even holiday wear may add extra bulk and not allow the car seat to work as it should. The belts may not fit as tight as they should, giving extra wiggle room that could be hazardous in a crash or accident.
As a parent, grandparent or caretaker of a child, safety is always first priority. Make sure you aren't accidently putting your child at risk by not securing them properly in the car.
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