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July 3, 2010

5 Ways to Make Your Child Seat Safer

Filed under: Child Safety — Tags: , , — Erin @ 6:00 am

Guest blog written by Lauren Dzuris of FindMyCarSeat

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Having a baby is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever come across throughout your life. The long, 9 month journey we have with them, to holding them for the first time is a  feeling that can’t be explained. We love them instantly, want what is best for them and we realize how important it is to look out for their safety.

Our baby’s safety is 100% our responsibility as a parent.  Not to mention, making sure they’re safe in the car is a huge responsibility.  If you didn’t know already, 3 out of 4 car seats are installed improperly in some way.  That is very scary to think about, and it makes us wonder if ours is safe.  If you’re looking for ways to make sure your child’s car seat is safe for them to ride in, consider a few of these tips below!

Requirements: Make sure your child’s car seat fits them properly.  It is common for parents to have a car seat that is a little too big or too small for them.  Make sure it’s made for your child’s weight, height and age specifically.

Tight fit: Your child’s car seat should not be able to move around whatsoever.  It should have a tight fit and not be able to move from side to side or from front to back.

Manuals: Make sure you look over both your vehicle’s manual and your child’s car seat manual.  You want to make sure you install the car seat properly and by looking both of these over, you can increase your chances!

Facing: Children should be rear-facing until they’ve reached both 20 lbs and they’re one year of age.  If they don’t meet both requirements, they shouldn’t be turned forward-facing.  Rear-facing is the safest position for them so keep them rear-facing as long as you can.

Looked over: If you feel like your child’s seat may be too wobbly, it’s not tight enough, or you feel like you may have made a mistake along the way of installing it, get it looked over!  If you take your child’s seat to the nearest police station or fire station you can get it looked over by a professional.  They will make sure you leave with a safely installed seat!

As you can see, there are a few things you can do to enhance the safety of your child’s car seat.  Take your time, read the directions over and over if you have to, and be sure to get it looked over at a nearby car seat inspection station if you don’t feel 100% comfortable with the job you did!

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Lauren Dzuris

Lauren Dzuris

Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a website that is dedicated to helping soon to be parents find the perfect car seat for their child.  It also has several tips and advice on everything from pregnancy to caring for your baby.

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