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From Baby to Big Kid: 10 Car Seat Safety Tips and a Britax Giveaway

By Stephanie Precourt |

On the go more than ever, parents are  traveling with the most precious cargo- their kids. It’s important to stay up to date and aware that your child’s car seat is the right fit for their age and stage of development.

Everyone’s favorite deal site Totsy has joined with The Car Seat Lady to spread the word about life-saving  tips to raise awareness on riding safely in cars with kids, ensuring your child is as secure as possible. And they are also teaming up with Britax, the innovator in enhancing the safety of car seats to offer winner’s choice of a Britax car seat to one reader here!

Top Ten Car Seat Safety Tips:

1. Use a safety restraint every time your child is riding in a car, no matter how short the drive.

2. Be a good driver. Be alert, don’t text, and don’t talk on your cell phone.

3. Use your child’s car seat properly and be sure it is the right fit for your child’s age and weight.

4. Install your child’s car seat in the center if possible. With more than one kid, put the older child in the center as they are typically less protected than the baby.

5. Be sure harness and chest clips are snug and in the proper position, and that the car seat is not loosely fastened to the car.

6. Know when to change seats. The progression should be: rear-facing until at least age two, forward-facing, booster, seat belt, and then front seat.   Your toddler is too big for rear-facing when their head is one inch or less of the convertible car seat top or at the weight limit, which is 35-40 pounds for most seats.

7. Use a tether when forward-facing. Tethers decrease how far your child’s head will move forward in a crash by 6-8 inches.

8. Use a five-point harness until your child is at least four years old, no less than 40 pounds, and mature enough to sit still in a booster.

9. Don’t skip the booster seat stage.  Booster seats keep the lap belt properly positioned on a child’s strong hip bones, not on their abdomen where it can cause internal injuries in a crash.

10. Your child is ready to ride without a booster around age 10 or when they can sit all the way back against the auto seat with knees bent comfortably, seat belt crosses the shoulder between neck and arm, lap belt is as low as possible and touching the thighs, and will stay in position the entire ride.

 

Enter to win a car seat of your choice (specific to your child’s age, weight, and your color preference) by visiting Britax and leaving a comment telling us which car seat you’d choose.

Extra entries (leave an additional comment for each entry):

  • Like this post on Facebook (like button at the top of post)

Giveaway ends Friday, September 30th at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be chosen at random, announced on this post, and notified by email. US entries only, 18 and over, void where prohibted by law.

Contest has ended. Congrats to Anna- an email has been sent about choosing your prize.

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185 thoughts on “From Baby to Big Kid: 10 Car Seat Safety Tips and a Britax Giveaway

  1. Kelly Hamilton says:

    Liked Strollerderby on FB!

  2. Kelly Hamilton says:

    I would love to have the Britax Frontier in Red (my son’s choice)…we are moving up from the Britax Marathon! Yay!

  3. Kelly Hamilton says:

    I am signed up for Totsy! Yay!

  4. Kelly Hamilton says:

    I liked this post on FB…yay!

  5. Teri says:

    I would love to win the advocate 70 in Anna. My husband and I were just discussing which carseat to purchase, and this is the top of my wishlist!

  6. Heather says:

    I think I’d choose the Advocate 70CS. We’ve been looking at Britax models lately and it’s a toss up between that and the Boulevard.

  7. Heather says:

    I liked this on Facebook!

  8. joanna says:

    I’d choose the Advocate 70 CS. I haven’t even heard of it, but it appears to be a well-rounded seat that would work well for us!

  9. Heather says:

    I am a member of Totsy!

  10. elizabeth says:

    I’d pick B-Safe. We’re expecting baby #3 in the spring and one of the most major items we need to buy is a new infant carseat.

  11. Heather says:

    I like Strollerderby on FB!

  12. Heather says:

    I follow StrollerDerby on Twitter!

  13. Andrea says:

    I’s go with the Frontier 85 for my little girl. She weighs 38 lbs. and her seat only gors up to 40!

  14. elizabeth says:

    I liked strollerderby on FB

  15. Andrea says:

    Liked Strollerdaerby on FB. :)

  16. Kara says:

    I would get the Advocate 70 CS

  17. Kara says:

    I like this post on FB

  18. Kara says:

    I like strollerderby on facebaook

  19. Anna says:

    I would love to see the Advocate 70 CS in my car! :)

  20. Kara says:

    I signed up for totsy

  21. Anna says:

    I liked Strollerderby on facebook!

    1. Anna, You are the winner of the Britax car seat! We’ll be emailing you soon about your prize. Thanks for entering!

      Steph

  22. Anna says:

    I liked this post on facebook!

  23. Anna says:

    I also signed up for Totsy :)

  24. Traci says:

    We’d love the Chaperone for our first baby (due in April)!

  25. kim arthur says:

    I’d like the parkway sg

  26. Amanda says:

    I would get a Frontier 85. I have a Marathon right now and I love it. Having 2 would keep my mom and I from having to switch the carseat back and forth every day (she is my child care!) I love my Britax and I really do feel that my daughter is safe and secure riding in hers!

  27. Andrea says:

    I signed up for Totsy. :)

  28. Jenny says:

    I’d get the roundabout 55 :)

  29. Jenny says:

    I liked this post on Facebook.

  30. Andrea says:

    I liked this post on FB. (Andrea McMann)

  31. Kelly says:

    B safe for me, please!

  32. Minvo says:

    I would choose the Frontier 85 SICT in Onyx for my son so I can keep him harnessed for as long as possible :)

  33. betty says:

    Baby would love a Marathon 70!

  34. Minvo says:

    I signed up for Totsy… darn you social media users who get 3 extra entries!

  35. Mary B. says:

    The B-Safe, in black. Baby is due at the end of December-time to start getting those “must-haves”.

  36. Christy says:

    I’d choose a Frontier 85 SICT in onyx!

  37. Christy says:

    I’m signed up for Totsy!

  38. Christy says:

    I liked Britax on Facebook!

  39. Emma says:

    I would choose the Frontier 85, then Alister can go in that and the new baby can have his convertible seat.

  40. Emma says:

    I have a totsy account.

  41. Jennifer says:

    I think I’d choose the Marathon 70 or Boulevard 70… hard to decide between the 2 patterns. :)

  42. Jennifer says:

    I liked Strollerderby on Facebook

  43. Kodi says:

    I think I’d choose the Marathon 70

  44. Jennifer says:

    Now Following Strollerderby on Twitter

  45. Sun says:

    Frontier 85 sict in red to keep my toddler in a 5pt harness as long as possible.

  46. lace says:

    I’d get the Parker SG. Our current carseat is on it’s last year we can use it. Time to be looking for a new booster. The cowmooflage is so fun but I wonder if I could handle looking at that every day.

  47. Jodie says:

    I am in the market for a infant seat and I would buy the Chaparone infant seat in Red Mill.

  48. Jodie says:

    Liked Strollerderby on FB!

  49. ZDub says:

    My son is in desperate need of a new car seat, he’s outgrown his convertible seat due to his height.

    I think the Britax Frontier 85 SICT would be perfect!

  50. ZDub says:

    I liked this post on FB!

  51. ZDub says:

    I like Strollerderby on FB!

  52. ZDub says:

    I follow Strollerderby on Twitter!

    @Zakary

  53. ZDub says:

    I will sign up for Totsy as soon as their site comes back up!

  54. Jenny says:

    Boulevard 70 for sure, soo cute.

  55. Kim says:

    Elliott’s carseat will expire in December and we will be buying a Marathon for him. In the Spring Libbys seat will expire and we will buy a Frontier for Amelia and give Libby Amelias Marathon. We are huge Britax fans here. My kids are all in a 5 point harness still.

  56. blakely says:

    I love the BOULEVARD 70 CS, I wanted one with my first but didn’t have the money and now #2 is ready for her next one!

  57. blakely says:

    Now following strollerderby on twitter

  58. Nancy says:

    Boulevard 70! I need one for my VERY large 4 month old.

  59. Becky says:

    Would love the Frontier 85!

  60. Ali says:

    I’d probably get a boulevard. Great giveaway!

  61. Kate says:

    I would love the Marathon 70 in Onyx. The perfect transition seat!

  62. Kate says:

    I liked strollerderby on facebook!

  63. Kate says:

    I follow strollerderby on twitter (UneVieChic)!

  64. Kate says:

    I’m signed up for Totsy!

  65. Kate says:

    And I tried to like this post through here, but trying more than a dozen times, it seems to be acting up, and would have me liking it and then revert back, so I liked Stephanie’s link to it instead!

  66. Lucy says:

    I would love a Boulevard for my 3 year old! Thanks!

  67. Lucy says:

    I’m a member of totsy.

  68. pantrygirl says:

    We’re looking for an infant car seat for our baby due at the end of October.
    The B-Safe Infant Car Seat looks great.
    This would be a lovely win.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  69. shannon says:

    I’d go with the Frontier 85 SICT for my 3.5 year old. My 13 month old rides in a britax as has my older two as well – we’re a britax family!

  70. shannon says:

    I like Strollerderby on FB

  71. pantrygirl says:

    Following on Twitter @pantrygirl

  72. shannon says:

    I followed strollerderby on twitter

  73. shannon says:

    I am a member at Totsy

  74. Helen says:

    Advocate CS for the added safety features.

  75. Helen says:

    Already a member of totsy!

  76. Helen says:

    Liked strollerderby on fb!

  77. Kim says:

    Elliott’s carseat will expire in December, so we will be buying a Marathon for him. Libby is in Seth’s old Marathon, so she will soon be taking over Amelia’s and Amelia will be getting a Frontier like Seth’s.

    As you can see, we LOVE Britax in these parts. All 4 of my children (7,5,3) are in 5 point harnesses still. We chose the Frontier b/c they can be in the harness up to 100 lbs. LOVE IT!

  78. Kim says:

    I liked the post on FB.

  79. Kim says:

    I like Strollerderby on FB.

  80. Kim says:

    I follow Stroller Derby on Twitter.

  81. Jaime says:

    I would probably choose the FRontier 85 SICT for my almost 3 year old

  82. Jaime says:

    I like stroller derby on facebook

  83. Jaime says:

    I follow strollerderby on twitter (@thelightsgodown)

  84. Ashley says:

    I would choose the Marathon Classic in Solstice

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  85. Jennifer C. says:

    I would choose the BLVD 70 in the cow print!

  86. Jennifer C. says:

    I like Stroller Derby on Facebook

  87. Jennifer C. says:

    I follow Stroller Derby on twitter @JCausby

  88. Kate says:

    I like the Boulevard 70 CS. We already have a Marathon, but it expires in January. We would love to replace it with another Britax but we’re rather poor now…

  89. Kate says:

    I liked this post on FB.

  90. Kate says:

    I like Strollerderby on FB.

  91. baby high chair says:

    I think that the most important thing is the Top Ten Car Seat Safety Tips. I think sometimes after our second child we may get lazy on some aspect of what we allow our children to do. We have to stay on top of the safety issues and do exactly what the recommendations say as well as the laws to keep our children safe. If anything we should be stricter than what the law and recommendations say. We as parents should be more concerned than a company or the government is about our children.

  92. Kate says:

    I follow Strollerderby on twitter (@mkatedavies)

  93. Kristin McLendon says:

    I like the advocate 70. Baby is almost 7 months old and this would be a great next step

  94. Corrina says:

    I think the Frontier would be perfect for us!

  95. Meagan says:

    I like the advocate 70 in opus grey.

  96. Robin says:

    I’d get another Frontier, so that my new little one can ride in the boulevard. Love Britax seats.

  97. Carrie says:

    I would choose the Frontier 85 – I have 3 kids in car seats and my oldest’s expires in March, so it would really help us out to win this! :)

  98. Jennifer says:

    I signed up for Totsy (it was down yesterday when I tried)

  99. Jennifer says:

    I still can’t figure out how to like this post on Facebook though…

  100. Bryony says:

    A second Frontier 85. Hands down, my favorite, and I need one for my youngest since her sister still fits in hers and is not giving it up!

  101. Lindaey says:

    The marathon classic! Both of of my kids need new car seats but the baby’s needs are a bot more urgent! :)

  102. Sara Carter says:

    I’d choose the Frontier SICT.

  103. Sara Carter says:

    Liked the post on Facebook!

  104. Sara Carter says:

    I like Strollerderby on Facebook.

  105. Sara Carter says:

    I follow Strollerderby on Twitter.

  106. Kim says:

    I signed up for Totsy.

  107. jessica bennett says:

    I would love the blvd 70 in the cow print! Super cute!

  108. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

    I’d love to try the Frontier (we have the Regent) or the B-safe or Chaperone for our upcoming wee one. We currently have the Marathon, the Roundabout, a Regent and two Parkways. (We’re a HUGE Britax family!)

  109. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

    I liked this post! (Lisa Douglas)

  110. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

    I liked you all on Facebook! :)

  111. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

    And I’m now following on Twitter, too! (@crazyadventures)

  112. AValentine says:

    Would like to move older boy into Frontier 85 in Maui Blue so younger girl can move into the Britax Boulevard we already have.

  113. AValentine says:

    Liked this post

  114. AValentine says:

    Already follow on Facebook

  115. AValentine says:

    Already signed up for Totsy

  116. AValentine says:

    And just followed on Twitter. Can you tell I need a car seat?!

  117. Shannon says:

    Advocate! Looks like possibly the best car seat on the market.

  118. Shannon says:

    I follow Strollerderby on twitter (@channynn).

  119. Shannon says:

    I’m a TOTSY member! (shannon.finer at yahoo dot com)

  120. Cindy G says:

    I am loving the Combination Harness-2-Booster. At $300 each it would be steep to buy 2 for my twins, but I could certainly justify buying one and winning one :)

  121. Fran says:

    I would like the roundabout 55 for when we outgrow the infant seat.

  122. Fran says:

    I am a member of totsy.

  123. Charlotte Anne says:

    The boulevard 70 in the cow print!

  124. Charlotte Anne says:

    I liked the post on facebook.

  125. Charlotte Anne says:

    I follow strollerderby on twitter.

  126. Charlotte Anne says:

    I liked strollerderby on facebook

  127. Charlotte Anne says:

    I signed up for totsy

  128. Angela says:

    I’d love the advocate for our little one!

  129. Angela says:

    I liked this post on facebook

  130. Angela says:

    I liked strollerderby on facebook

  131. Angela says:

    I joined Totsy

  132. LibraryMommy says:

    I would love to have a Frontier 85 SICT in Onyx for my 2.5 year old. I love that it is a perfect transition seat and we would get a LONG time of use from it.

  133. LibraryMommy says:

    I also signed up on Totsy in hopes of winning a Frontier 85 SICT! Now I have a new addiction!

  134. Jen says:

    I would choose the Frontier 85 for my 4.5 year old!

  135. Jen says:

    i LIKED this post on Facebook!

  136. Jen says:

    I LIKED Strollerderby on Facebook!

  137. Jen says:

    I’m following Strollerderby on Twitter! I am @mommyinstincts!

  138. Jen says:

    I am certainly signed up for Totsy! Just bought Jonah’s halloween costume on there last weekend!

  139. janis says:

    I like strollerderby on Facebook!

  140. Novella says:

    Marathon 70

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  142. Carrie says:

    I would pick the b-safe in black. Baby #3 is to arrive in just a few months, and we haven’t a seat yet!

  143. Carrie says:

    I like this post on facebook

  144. Carrie says:

    I like strollerderby on facebook

  145. Carrie says:

    I follow strollerderby on twitter

  146. Carrie says:

    Already signed up for totsy

  147. Tian H. says:

    I love Britax Advocate 70CS, :)

  148. Tian H. says:

    Liked this post on facebook.

  149. Librarymommy says:

    I just liked Strollerderby on Facebook!

  150. Tian H. says:

    Liked Strollerderby on facebook.

  151. Tian H. says:

    Followed Strollerderby on twitter.

  152. Tian H. says:

    I’m a Totsy member.

  153. Jennifer says:

    I (finally) liked the post on Facebook :)

  154. hannah. says:

    Ah! I would choose the Boulevard 70. (Onyx) My son will be transitioning soon to a convertible seat. Where, oh where, does the time go?!?

  155. hannah. says:

    Facebook linked!

  156. hannah. says:

    ……aaaand now following strollerderby on twitter.

  157. Jackie says:

    I would probably pick the Marathon for my youngest when he moves out of the infant carrier.

  158. Kendal Stoker says:

    We love the Frontier 85! My son will be transitioning soon and we would love to have it!!!

  159. rebecca says:

    I’d like the Marathon 70. One of the few carseat that will fit into my compact backseat.

  160. Angela says:

    I follow strollerderby on twitter

  161. Julianne smith says:

    I would buy the boulevard 70 already have one for my other son and it’s time to move my one yr old up!

  162. I would want to boulevard 70 , already own one and it’s now time for my other son to move out of infant carrier! Live britax

  163. Colleen says:

    I’d love the Chaperone in Camooflage! So cute. I wont need it for another few months, though! :)

  164. Colleen says:

    I’m a Totsy member!

  165. AmyG says:

    Love the Next Generation Convertible Car Seats in the Boulevard 70 CS

  166. Todd says:

    I would choose the Frontier 85 for my son. I love a good car seat!!!!

  167. Todd says:

    I liked this post on Facebook!

  168. Todd says:

    I LIKED Stroller Derby on Facebook, too!

  169. Todd says:

    Following on twitter.
    @milansson

  170. Todd says:

    i registered on Totsy.

  171. Colleen says:

    Liked Strollerderby on FB!

  172. Colleen says:

    Following Strollerderby on Twitter, also.

  173. Valarie Nelson says:

    I would pick the Frontier 85 for my grandson.

  174. Valarie Nelson says:

    I like Strollerderby on facebook

  175. Valarie Nelson says:

    I am a member on Topsy.

  176. rhonda janowski says:

    I’d choose the Boulevard 70 cs. Also liked on FB!

  177. rhonda janowski says:

    ohhhh… an additional comment for each entry! Liked SD on FB!

  178. mar says:

    love the boulevard 70!

  179. mar says:

    also following on twitter @marvista

  180. Nicole says:

    I would like the Chaperone

  181. Nicole says:

    I am a member of totsy

  182. Nicole says:

    I liked Strollerderby on Facebook

  183. Stephanie says:

    B-SAFE or CHAPERONE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  184. Claude says:

    Amaze! Appreciate it! I always aspired to publish in my website something like that.

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