Hey Everyone I had a friend ask to make a post about car seat safety so here it goes.
So I’m just gonna say it … I’M A CAR SEAT SAFETY NUT! Car seat safety is one of the most important things to be up to date on when you are a parent! So I’m gonna give some tips on how to keep your little ones safe!
SAFETY TIP #1
For REAR FACING straps MUST to be AT or BELOW shoulder level. For FORWARD FACING straps need to be AT or ABOVE shoulder level.
SAFETY TIP #2
CHEST CLIP NEEDS TO BE ON CHEST easiest way is TOP of CHEST CLIP to be EVEN with ARMPITS!
SAFETY TIP #3
HARNESS needs to be SNUG! Do the PINCH TEST at childs SHOULDERS try and PINCH the harness if you CAN PINCH the HARNESS it IS NOT TIGHT ENOUGH! tighten till you CAN NOT PINCH ANY SLACK!
SAFETY TIP #4
REAR FACE TILL AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD AND NO BOOSTERS TILL 5-6 YEARS OLD! Forward facing before 2 puts your child at risk for more injuries than keeping them rear facing such as broken legs, broken neck, and worst of all internal decapitation. Children aren’t mature enough to sit properly 100% of the time and need to stay harnessed till around 5-6 years old and should be in a booster till they are old enough and mature enough to keep the seat belt across them properly and sit properly.
SAFETY TIP #5
NO AFTER MARKET PRODUCTS ADDED TO YOUR CARSEATS. This means no added strap covers, no aftermarket cute car seat covers, no aftermarket head rests. ANYTHING that comes BETWEEN YOUR CHILD and the HARNESS or YOUR CHILD and THE CAR SEAT is a BIG NO NO! If you need extra support rolled up receiving blankets on either side of baby is perfectly fine not over the top of head though just like this.
SAFETY TIP #6
DO NOT USE LOWER ANCHOR LATCH AND SEAT BELT AT THE SAME TIME! When installing your car seat you want to only use one or the other never both. Car seat techs will tell you to look at it this way its like wearing your contacts or glasses they work great when wearing one or the other but when you wear both at the same time they don’t work so well.
SAFETY TIP #7
WHEN FORWARD FACING ALWAYS HAVE CAR SEAT TOP TETHERED!
SAFETY TIP #8
NEVER BUY a CARSEAT USED. you never know the history whether they gate checked car seat, the seat was in an accident, if the seat was treated or cleaned properly or anything else. Which if the car seat was cleaned improperly it can compromise the safety of your seat, or if it was gate checked you don’t know how they handled the car seat it was likely thrown around like other luggage. Buying a used car seat is like putting your child’s life in someone else’s hands and lets face it in this day and age you never know who you can trust and if they are just out to make a buck.
SAFERY TIP #9
READ YOUR MANUAL FOR CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR CAR SEAT BEFORE CLEANING and NEVER SUBMERGE YOUR HARNESS STRAPS. Certain cleaners and submerging your harness straps can weaken the integrity of your straps which can cause them to fail in an accident.
SAFETY TIP #10
NEVER GATE CHECK A CAR SEAT ON AN AIRPLANE ALWAYS BUY A SEAT FOR BABY AND BRING YOUR SEAT ON BOARD AND USE IT. Gate checking your car seat can result in an unknown history also can result in it being lost or damaged they treat your car seat just like any other luggage… baby needs their own seat on the plane lap babies are a potential projectile in the case of a runway accident or turbulence and baby could end up hurt or hurting someone else if a coffee pot on a plane needs to be strapped in so does your baby.
IF ANY MAMAS NEED ANY SUGGESTIONS ON CAR SEATS FOR THEIR CHILDREN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT OR MESSAGE ME ON THE MANIC MOMMY OF 4 FACEBOOK PAGE AND I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP YOU FIND A SEAT THAT IS WITHIN YOUR BUDGET, WILL FIT YOUR CAR, AND YOUR CHILD !
Manic Mommy of 4, Crystal