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5 Tips to a Safer Car Seat

This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris. Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a website on car seats which helps soon to be parents find the right car seat for their baby to come. 

Once we find out that we’re having a baby, we’re more excited than ever.  We instantly want to start planning, preparing, thinking about what it will look like, and everything else under the sun.  Although it may seem like this time will never come, it will be here before you know it.  Therefore, it is important to start your preparing and to have everything ready before the baby arrives!

One thing you can’t go without is a baby car seat.  These are a must, are against the law not to have and you can’t even leave the hospital without one.  There are several great car seats on the market these days, so browse around, find the best deal and find one with the features that you and your child need.

Now, once you’ve found that perfect car seat, you may want to consider a few safety tips before you bring your little one home.  These tips will better prepare you as a parent while keeping your baby as safe as possible!

5 Tips to a Safer Car Seat

Requirements:  First of all, it is important that you have a car seat to fit your child.  Make sure the seat is made for their age, weight and their height.  These requirements are a must, or the seat is pointless in keeping them safe.  You will need to start out with an infant or convertible seat in the beginning, then move onto the booster years down the road.  Just remember that each seat is different in its requirements for age, weight and height.

Facing:  Now, if you didn’t know already you must have your child rear-facing from 5-20 lbs and one year of age.  So, unless they’ve met both requirements, you’re not allowed to turn then forward-facing.  It is recommended that you keep them rear-facing for as long as possible to prevent any head and neck injuries!

Tight:  Also, make sure their car seat is strapped in tight.  It should not be able to move side to side or front to back.  If it can the slightest bit, go over the installation steps again to make sure it’s fixed.  If you’re not sure how to fix it you can go to a police or fire station to have them look over it and fix it for you.

Position:  You also want to make sure your child’s car seat is in the back of the car, meaning it’s not in the front passenger seat.  There are too many complications and safety hazards with airbags in vehicles.  So, put them in the back seat in the middle for the safest seating.

Manuals:  It is important that you really read over the car seat manual and your car’s manual.  Read them both to make sure you have the safest installation possible.  They say 3 out of 4 car seats are installed improperly in some way even if it is minor, so don’t let yours be one of them!

Having a safe car seat for your child is a huge responsibility.  You’re in charge 100%, so make sure you do the best job you can as a parent.  Also, remember if you don’t feel comfortable with how you put it together get it checked over by someone that knows what they’re doing!

Lauren Dzuris is the writer for the baby site http://www.findmycarseat.com.

  

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