We Were Safety-First, First Time ParentsEmily McClements
It’s amazing how having a new baby changes you in so many ways. When our first daughter was born, my husband, who I previously would have considered reckless in some situations, become ultra concerned about her safety.
We went to visit some of his friends from college that we hadn’t seen in several years and they laughed and joked about it, because it was so unlike him. They even nicknamed him Safety-First Dad.
But, the reality is, when it comes to keeping your child safe, you never can be too cautious, especially when it comes to keeping your baby safe in the car.
My husband was, and still is, very concerned about making sure our kids’ car seats are installed correctly, he always checks and double checks them before we put our kids into them, and he also makes sure that the harnesses fit them and are adjusted to the right tightness.
Installing a car seat for the first time can be a little overwhelming or nerve-wracking. A few weeks before my due date, I remember my husband and I spending over an hour in our garage reading and re-reading the directions for our car seat and making sure everything was just right. We felt like we had followed all the directions correctly, but we still wondered if we had really done installed the car set correctly.
Fortunately, our neighbor was a fireman and he checked out our seat for us and told us that we had installed it correctly. This really helped to calm our nerves and made us feel confident that our new baby would be well protected in her new seat.
If you’re expecting a new baby, but don’t have the luxury of having a fireman or police officer for a neighbor, you can take your car seat to a local inspection station and have them make sure you have installed it correctly. It will definitely give you peace of mind knowing that your baby is as safe as they can be while riding in the car.
In fact, this week, September 16-22, is Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday. Many locations around the country are hosting Car Seat Safety events where you can have your car seat checked and they will show you how to correctly install and use it. To find an inspection station near you, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and enter your state and zip code.
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