Getting a car seat for your child is one of the most important things you can get them and do as a parent. Their safety is our main concern, and just by strapping them in a car seat each ride you’re preventing many dangerous situations from happening.
Although you know to get them a car seat, you must think a little further into it. Here are five car seat safety tips that you should know and take into consideration as a parent.
Requirements: You first need to make sure your child is in a car seat that fits their requirements. There are a few different kinds, so to find one that fits your child’s age, weight and height requirements is one of the first steps and is the most important step to take.
Manuals: Make sure you read over your manuals carefully. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 car seats are installed improperly in some way. Whether it is something major or something minor, it’s still not as safe as it could be. So, be sure to read over your vehicle’s manual carefully, and to look over the car seat instructions carefully.
Correct installation: Since so many car seats are installed improperly in some way, it is a good idea to get your car seat checked out by an expert. If you didn’t know already, you can go to your local fire department or police station and have someone look it over. They will make sure you leave with a car seat that is safe and ready for your child to use.
Tight fit: The seat should also be strapped in very tightly. It shouldn’t be able to wiggle from side to side or rock back and forth. If it can, you know you have a problem that needs to be addressed.
Facing: The way that your child is facing in their car seat is also crucial to their safety. When you bring your baby home from the hospital they should be facing rear-facing from that day on until they’re one year old and at least 20 lbs. Once they meet both requirements you can face them forward-facing. Although, studies show that it is a good idea to keep them rear-facing for as long as possible to prevent any head or neck injuries!
Making sure your child is safe in the car is 100% your responsibility. Their life is in your hands so you want to protect them and keep them as safe as possible. To improve their safety, consider a few of these safety tips!
Lauren is a stay at home mom that runs FindMyCarSeat.com in her spare time. She enjoys writing, parenting, doing crafts and taking walks around the neighborhood.