Making sure your child is safe in the car is such an important issue for parents! Take a look at these life-saving car seat safety resources and tips!
I’ll never forget the feeling of leaving the hospital with my brand-spanking-new twins sons. I felt so unprepared and inadequate, and my husband was certain they were making a mistake by letting us novice parents take them home. You realize that the well-being of these babies who have just entered the world is completely in your hands. Talk about scary!
As we drove home, we were so aware of every car around us, every pothole, every driver who rolled through a stop sign. My husband, who on the rare occasion that he is pulled over thinks the cops are secretly admiring his Nascar-like driving skills, was actually driving under the speed limit. We realized all at once just how dangerous the world can be.
Car Seat Safety Resources
Car seat safety is of paramount importance to the well-being of every child. A lot of times, we are so ovewhelmed with bringing this new life into the world, we don’t always think through to its conclusion how to ensure that our baby is safe in our car. But in fact, deaths resulting from inadequate car seat safety are the #1 preventable death in children.
In order to make sure your kids are safe in your car, there are many resources at your disposal. One of my favorites is from Cars.com. This website has so many great resources on their Car Seat Check page. There are fantastic and informative videos such “Car Seat Safety,” “Car Seat Recalls,” “4 Car Seats Mistakes You Could Be Making,” and “Which Cars Fit 3 Cars Seats?“. Not only that, there’s also a feature where you can plug in the make, model, and year of a car you are considering purchasing, and it will give you a car seat check for that vehicle. You can also see which cars scored high on car seat safety in their article “2017 Car Seat Check Honor Roll.”
I love this! This is super-helpful information, especially if you are in the market for a new car for your growing family.
Life-Saving Car Safety Tips
There are some other important car seat safety ‘rules’ to keep in mind (“Momsplained” from Scary Mommy did a great job summarizing these points):
1| Make sure there is no slack in the chest strap. Pull up from the shoulders and tighten. Repeat several times until snug. That also means no bulky coats, blankets or snuggies between the baby and the straps.
2| Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. He should be rear-facing until at least 2 years old, but the longer you can keep him rear-facing, the safer he is. Check the guidelines of your car seat for weight and height limits.
3| Make sure the chest clip is in the right position: armpit level, between the nipples. In the event of an accident, too low could cause damage to internal organs; too high could cause asphyxiation.
4| Before you move your child from a 5-point harness car seat to a booster seat that has a seatbelt, make sure your child is at least 5 years old, 40 lbs, and mature enough to sit properly and not remove the belt.
5| Once your child is forward-facing, make sure you use the tether anchor on the top of the seat to keep it secure.
6| For a rear-facing seat, make sure it is reclined at the proper angle. All new car seats have a guide on the side of the seat.
7| Beware of using second-hand seats. If a seat has been in a crash, it should no longer be used.
There are so many things that are out of our control as far as keeping our kids safe; however, car seat safety is completely in our hands. With a little bit of research and some due-diligence, we can make sure our kiddos are as safe as humanly possible when we are on the roads with them.
What are your best car seat safety tips? Any resources that you love?