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I am probably what many would call a “Car Seat Nazi.” I believe that it’s so important to understand car seat laws and safety guidelines in order to keep your child safe when you are on the road. I am never mean in my approach when I see something that shouldn’t be happening, but I will kindly point out what should be fixed. (Well, let me rephrase that. If I happen to stop at a light and the person in the car next to me is letting their 3 year old child jump all over the car and isn’t buckled in, I may not be very nice.)
The first time I purchased a car seat, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I just went and bought the prettiest car seat I could afford. Boy, have things ever changed. Six kids later, when it comes to purchasing a car seat, I find myself researching safety ratings, reading other user reviews, and checking out what other Mom Bloggers have to say about the car seat. Why? Because I need to know that the investment I’m about to make is the best investment for my child. I want to know that it is safe, reliable, and that it’s going to work well in my vehicle.
I want to share a few Car Seat Safety Tips from Julie Prom, the Car Seat Safety Advocate for Chicco:
Rear-facing is safest . The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend rear-facing as long as possible. Parents should keep child rear-facing until at least 2 years old, longer if the car safety seat weight and height limit allows. Young children are fragile and are best protected in a rear-facing car seat. To ensure a child can stay rear-facing as long as possible, purchase a convertible seat when your baby outgrows the infant seat.
Most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until at least 5 or 6 years old.
Always buckle your baby into the safety seat first, and then cover the baby with blankets. Avoid bulky clothing and add-on products such as car seat buntings. This can interfere with proper harness fit and crash performance of the seat. A good trick for older children is to buckle them in without their jacket and then put it back on them backwards over the harness. Not only do these techniques ensure proper harness fit, but also avoids overheating by allowing the baby to be easily uncovered or the child to take his jacket off once the car gets warmer.
Most common mistakes can be avoided by simply following manufacturers’ instructions. All car seats must meet stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to be sold in the U.S. It is when they are not used correctly that makes them unsafe. Always read and follow the instructions for the safety seat. Also, read the vehicle owner’s manual section on child restraints.
Always use the top tether when installing a forward-facing car seat. The tether reduces movement of a car seat in a crash and helps to achieve a tight installation.
Chicco has recently released a new car seat called the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat. Here are some benefits of this car seat:
- Protects your child through the next stage of growth. (5 – 65 pounds)
- Fits your vehicle. Fits your child.
- Simply. Accurately. Securely.
I hope you’ll consider checking out the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat if you are in the market for a new seat for your child. We will soon be needing a convertible car seat for Carly, and the NextFit is definitely the one I will be checking out and considering for our baby girl.
For more information about the Chicco Next Fit Convertible Car Seat, please check out the following resources: