When I first had my daughter I knew nothing about car seat safety. Looking back at the photos I took before we left the hospital makes me want to cringe! I remember the nurse coming into the room to look over our car seat. She simply said, “The straps need to come down a little more, but you can just do that when you get home.” As a new mom, I thought nothing of it. I mean, she was a nurse after all, so if she wasn’t worried then it must be fine, right? WRONG!
There are so many things we worry about as parents: from the appropriate amount of screen time to a well balanced diet and everything in between. Car seat safety was something I never heard much about as I was preparing for the arrival of our daughter. Fortunately, shortly after our daughter arrived a friend suggested I add myself to a Facebook group called Car Seats for the Littles and I am glad she did. This group is run by Car Seat Technicians, whose sole goal is to educate parents on recommended best practice to keep children safe. Click here to see their official website. As a mother who was doing it wrong, I am thankful someone pointed me in the right direction. I promise I am not here to tell you how you should do something. I am just here to give you some helpful information that someone once gave me. Remember we are in this together! #parenting
Here are my top 8 tips for Car Seat Safety
- Rear-Facing: straps should be AT or BELOW the shoulders and chest clip at armpit level.
- Forward-Facing: straps should be AT or ABOVE the shoulders and chest clip at armpit level.
- Rear-Facing: recommended until at least age 2, but ideally as close to 4 as possible. Click here to read the reasoning behind the recommendations.
- Ages 0-6: 5 point harness seat Ages: 6 and up high back/backless booster seat Click here for more detailed information
- When can my child ride without a booster seat? Once he/she passes the five step test.
- No coats in the car seat
- All car/booster seats have expiration dates
- Read your ENTIRE car seat manual to ensure proper install and use.
What are some things you have learned on your parenting journey? Did you find them on your own or did someone help you? Either way, you are doing great!
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