This Week (And All Year) Make Sure Your Baby's Car Seat Is Installed Correctly.
Many parents make the same common mistake - they don't install their child's car seat correctly. This isn't a huge...
Many parents make the same common mistake - they don't install their child's car seat correctly. This isn't a huge surprise. Cars all vary. Car seat directions can be confusing. It's not easy to perfectly install a car seat. That said, you can't really NOT install your little one's car seat correctly either. Every year children die in vehicle related accidents; deaths that may be prevented with a simple safety check. This week is child passenger safety week which makes it the perfect time to look into car seat safety. Safe Kids USA urges parents to do the following:
- Infants should be seated in a back seat whenever possible - in rear-facing child safety seats.
- Keep babies in rear-facing seats for as long as possible—up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat.
- Never turn a child forward-facing before age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
- Once your child outgrows his rear-facing seats, he should ride in a forward-facing child safety seat, in a back seat, until he reaches the upper weight or height limit of the particular harnessed seat.
- Once your child outgrows his forward-facing seat, he should sit in a booster seat, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly.