4 threatening car seat mistakes

Many babies spend a lot of time in the car, so it is important to learn how to keep them safe on the road. The best way to keep your baby safe in the car is to use the right car seat in the right way. Here are some car seat safety tips to protect your most precious cargo.

1. BABY FACES FORWARD TOO SOON

Babies have large heads and comparatively weak necks, so if a baby is facing forward in in a collision, his head can jerk forward suddenly and violently, resulting in spinal injuries. A rear-facing child safety seat better supports the head, neck, and spine by distributing the force of the collision over the entire body. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says to keep babies in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the seat's maximum rear-facing height and weight limits. Most rear-facing convertible seats can accommodate babies and children up to 40 pounds or more, allowing them to stay rear-facing until around age 4.

 

 

2. HARNESS STRAPS ARE TWISTED OR LOOSE 

Make sure harness straps lie flat, not twisted. Pull the harness nice and snug, to hold your child safely in an accident. If you can pinch any excess fabric on the harness, it's too loose.

 

 

3. HARNESS CLIP IS TOO LOW

Position the harness clip that connects the two shoulder straps at armpit level. It keeps the straps in place so your baby will be held securely in a crash. A clip that's too low won't keep the straps in place and can injure abdominal organs in an accident.

 

 

4. BABY IS BUNDLED UP IN THE SEAT

Don't put anything thicker than a light fleece between your baby and the harness straps. Extra bulk compresses in a crash, loosening the harness so your baby is no longer safely secured. Cover your baby after the harness is buckled.

 

 

If you are still unware of the car seat safety for your baby, you can book an online session with Saška, where we will examine the safety together and answer all of your questions regarding the mentioned topic.

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