3 Must-Know Things About Baby Car Seat Safety

July 10, 2017

in Lifestyle

Before your baby was born, chances are good that you spent countless hours reading infant car seat reviews and choosing the best product. From finding the best car seats for small cars to nailing down the perfect jogging stroller, there is so much to consider. To get the most out of your car seat, it’s important that you know how to use it safely. Here are three very important car seat safety tips to keep in mind.

Your Car Seat is Probably Installed Incorrectly

A nationwide study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration back in 2011 found that nearly half of all infant car seats were installed incorrectly. They discovered that it’s often the little things – such as the tightness of the safety harness or incorrect angles – that cause the most problems. In nearly any community, you can get a free car seat safety inspection from a certified Child Passenger Safety technician.

Not All Car Seat Accessories Are Safe

Accessories can have a tremendous impact on car seat safety, so it’s best to avoid them where possible. Aftermarket neck and head support rolls may make your baby more comfortable, but in 99% of cases, they have not been crash-tested along with the seats themselves. Other accessories like toys that attach to or near a car seat can be problematic, too. These can become dangerous during a crash. If you want accessories and toys for your car seat, look for products designed and crash-tested with built-in options.

Remove Bulky Clothes Before Buckling Baby In

Finally, many parents make the mistake of buckling their infants into their car seats while they’re bundled up in coats or heavy padded clothing. Although it may seem like common sense (after all, it’s important for baby to stay warm), these can create extra distance between your baby and the car seat safety straps, which can reduce the effectiveness of the seat itself. Instead, cover your baby with a blanket once he or she is secure in the seat.

Car seat safety is something that most parents take very seriously. Unfortunately, many parents make the mistakes listed above, which can cause undue injuries to infants. Following the aforementioned guidelines can keep your baby safer and give you extra peace of mind.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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