But the secret to parenting isn’t about being perfect, it’s knowing that set of skills and being right when it counts. Car seat safety is one of those subjects you just can’t afford to screw up, Dads. So, we’re here to tell you how to avoid those common and careless mistakes. Of course, these tips probably apply to all parents, but we want to take care of our own today.
1. The Celebrity Treatment
We know you and your kid want to ride like The Blues Brothers, two of you in the front seats, shouting at errant drivers, but celebrities ride in back. Your kids are obviously important people. Treat them that way and make sure they are in the backseat. You’re a chauffeur. Get used to it.
2. Custom Seats
Don’t “build your own” seats. We know, you’re a rocket scientist or a race car driver, whatever. Or maybe you think you’re handy. Find a car seat that is correct for your kid’s height, age and weight. Hell, have them sit in it at the store like trying on a shoe. If you’re still antsy to make a DIY car seat, take one of your Lay-Z-Boy chairs, pull the throttle and make rocket ship sounds.
3. Harness & Clip
Question: IF YOU WERE ROCK CLIMBING, WOULD YOU ALLOW A LOOSE HARNESS? That’s what we thought. The seat shouldn’t move more than an inch front-to-back, or side-to-side. The chest clip should be, oh this is strange, AT YOUR CHILD’S CHEST, or in other words at their armpits. And, if you can pinch any excess ‘strappage’ then you have a problem with harness tightness. Didn’t you see the Stallone movie, Cliffhanger?
4. Help Me, Help YOUR KID
Sometimes, I don’t read directions. I don’t like to ask for driving directions or consult maps (well, maybe Google and I have an open marriage), but this is one thing you don’t mess with. If you are having ANY trouble then you should consult experts. Local firehouses and certified child passenger safety techs can provide mind-blowing assistance. Unlike this list.
If you are driving in heavy traffic, just remember there may be extra snacks nestled in your child’s seat. Of course, you may want to start a course of antibiotics or have matches handy to prepare the added protein on them. Sure, your kids need to be sitting in a clean seat but children aren’t known for cleanliness while eating their little mini-foods. Eat up!
So, there you have it. If this list has been helpful, beware. You may want to reexamine what you know about life because we can barely be trusted with our own lives.
On second thought, maybe this post will save lives. Maybe we can scare people into finding out everything they can until they become experts on their own. Or, ya know, just go here: http://www.gracosafety.com/SafetyStandards
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