I say with fair confidence that the majority, if not all of us, reading this blog post use car seats for our toddlers. According to carseatsafety.org, “Kids should be in a carseat or booster until they can be seated properly in a seat belt. For most kids, this is around 8-12 years old or 4′ 9″ tall, but proper seatbelt fit is the most important factor.”
Unless Britney Spears is reading this and trying to escape the paparazzi and if she is, then CALL ME, BRIT-BRIT! I LOVE YOU! ahem. Had to get that off my chest.
So we all use car seats to keep our kiddos protected in the event of a crash, but it’s important to be sure that you are using the car seat correctly. I gathered information from my own experience, but mostly from Car-Safety.org and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They’re the experts!
Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
A confession: For months, well on into Harrison’s second year of life, I thought I was strapping him in correctly. But then with the help of a few friends, I learned that I wasn’t. His chest strap was too low, he had extras in the car seat, etc. Which meant that Harrison wasn’t as safe as he could be. I’m not a helicopter parent and I’m not a fear-mongerer, but I do believe strongly in following basic, easy safety guidelines when it comes to my kid staying alive. So I’d like to be that friend for you and give you tips to help make sure you are using the right seat, the right position, and the right technique for strapping down your most precious cargo:
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