6 quick tips for car seat safety
Practicing car seat safety is an important part of keeping your little one safe.
1. Learn the basic car seat types
Your children’s age and size will guide what kind of seat they should be in. Infants and toddlers under 2 years of age should be in a rear-facing seat. After that age they transition to a forward-facing seat before finally moving to a booster seat.
2. The best seat is the one that fits
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised that the safest car seat you can buy is the one that fits your child fits your car and is installed correctly. One size does not fit all. Keep this in mind when you’re shopping for a car seat.
3. Use caution when buying a used car seat
If you’re considering a used car seat check to see that it hasn’t been recalled isn’t missing installation instructions hasn’t expired and hasn’t been involved in an accident. Traffic accidents can cause cracks and damage that compromise car seat safety according to Consumer Reports.
4. Install your car seat correctly
A great car seat is only as safe as its installation. If the instructions that came with your car seat are unclear seek out advice and assistance. Your local police and fire departments can likely teach you how to correctly install your seats.
5. Do safety checkups on your car seat
Even if you’ve been helping your little ones into car seats for years it’s important to regularly check in on the condition and fit of the car seat. The AAP has a car seat checkup list that you can use to ensure you provide your children with the best car seat safety.
6. Be a role model for car safety
After you buckle your child into their car seat or booster seat show them that you use your own seat belt. By doing so you’re letting your children know that it’s important to be safe even after they’ve outgrown their booster seat.
Car seat safety is important to you and your kids. A little careful research can help you to understand the complex world of children’s car seats — and help you keep your precious cargo safe.
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