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Car Seat Safety – Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat? #TheRightSeat

CAR SEAT SAFETY

If you’re an avid follower of my blog, you know how important car seat safety is to me. I’ve written a ton of blog posts on car seat safety, which  I’ll post the links to. It’s our job as the adult, parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, caregiver, or babysitter to keep children safe. They only have one life and I feel it’s our duty to keep them as safe as possible. Don’t slack on car seat safety for your own convenience.

Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States? That probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are hauling your kids to school, the grocery store, or anywhere else around town. And really, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your child is safely snuggled into the right car seat every time you get in the car. Instead, make sure your child is in the right seat from the get-go.

Safety seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But over half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained at the time of the crash. Just the thought of that is devastating. So why not select the right car seat from the start?

And just because you THINK you know you have the right car seat, think again. Wouldn’t it just be best to know, without a doubt, that your child is in the right seat?

Unfortunately, there are so many parents out there who are not educated on the ins and outs of car seat safety. It is so important that we get the word out and educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives.

CAR SEAT SAFETY

Don’t wait until it is too late. Check out http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm to make sure you have the right seat buckled in the right way.

Car Seat Safety Tips:

  • Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they fit in their car seat will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age.
  • Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits correctly in your vehicle.
  • Before installing your car seat in your vehicle and putting your child in the car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works.
  • All-in-One car seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with harness, then booster. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Make it your priority to make sure your child or a child you love is safe when they are buckled in.

Here are some great articles that I wrote myself over the last few years. Please read them and feel free to share them with friends and family, on facebook, or pinterest.

Quick Tip Guide to Car Seat Safety

Important Car Seat Safety for Baby, Toddler, and Kids

Do’s and Don’ts of Car Seat Safety

Let me know what your most important tip is of car seat safety or something you may have learned!

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Blessed Assurance

Saturday 25th of June 2016

The safety of our children is very important so let that call go to voicemail if the phone rings or chimes while your putting your child in their carseat.

ANN*H

Friday 13th of May 2016

As a grandma and great grandma all these changes and things about the proper car seat if confusing to me so I always let that up to the parents to make sure they have the correct one and I let them hook it up for me. The childs safety comes first for me as their grandma. Thanks for all the information tho .

Sarh S

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Car Seat safety is so important to me! My kids have rear faced until over 2 years old and only my 10 yr old is no longer in a booster of any sort. She was up until 8 or 9 yrs old and then her being so big, it is now actually safer for her to not be in one, crazy to say.

Christina G.

Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Car seat shopping is complicated these days. Thanks for sharing!

tina gonzalez

Monday 9th of May 2016

keep our children safe, very very important