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23 May 2014

Baby Car Seat Guidelines

For most families memorial day weekend means lots of travel and lots of fun! Here are some quick baby seat guidelines to help ensure your baby is riding safe.ID 100225282 234x300 Baby Car Seat Guidelines

Using a baby car seat is crucial in protecting your child during travel, no matter how short the drive is. A baby car seat keeps your baby safe and helps to prevent serious injury in case of accidents.

The law requires that children below the age of twelve should be seated in the back seat. The backseat is usually the safest spot in your car. It might be tempting to put your baby on the front seat, but it is not advisable. Even in minor accidents, airbag could open up and this can seriously injure your baby.

In fact, you should place your baby appropriately in the car safety seat from the time you bring him home from the hospital.

Face Your Baby the Right Way

Experts recommend that you keep your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the backseat. You can also use an appropriate convertible seat until your baby weighs 20 pounds or until he reaches the age of one. This provides the best protection for your baby’s head, neck and spine.

For babies heavier than 20 pounds and has reached the limit of the infant car seat, you toddler can use a forward-facing seat. Use this until your little one reaches approximately 40 pounds or reaches the limit of the car seat.

For babies over forty points, buckle your child in a belt positioning booster seat until seat belts fit properly.

Baby Car Seat Guidelines

Here are some instructions when purchasing or installing car seats:

Follow directions. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing car seat. Check the manual for correct child car seat installation and use. If there is no manual, call the company and ask for replacement. Car seats usually have a label that contains the manufacturer, address and its phone number. You also need the name of the car seat when asking for a replacement.

1. Check the label.

Do not purchase a car seat without any label on it. Never use or purchase a used baby car seat due to the possibilities of it being damaged in a car accident.

2. Inspect the seat.

When purchasing a second hand car seat, inspect the baby eat thoroughly. Check if the label is still on the seat and contains all the information you need. Check everything. Make sure the belts have no fraying, fasteners have no cracks and the padding of the seat are not ripped or torn. Also, ask questions whether if the seat has been in a crash.

Some second-hand car seats still look good, but its safety may have been comprised. If the frame has been misaligned or any other type of defects, then do not purchase it.

3. Vehicle compatible.

The type of baby car seat should be compatible with the vehicle you own. Check your car owner’s manual or ask the dealer to help you know which car seat your vehicle can accommodate.

Since kids tend to grow quickly, you should also check the height of their car-seat straps and if their weight is already beyond the car seat limit.

There are many types of car seats available that you can purchase. If the cost is a concern, you can choose a convertible travel system. A rear-facing car seat can be used as a front facing car seat until the appropriate age, height and weight. The base remains in the car. There are many other options that you can consider. Do your research and ask for help to determine which type is the best for your child.

Always make sure that your children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt appropriate for their height, weight and age. Be sure everyone inside the car buckles up too.

Car Seat Belt Safety

If your child is 8 years old or is already four feet nine inches tall, that’s the time when you can buckle them using the car seat belts. But prior to that age, a bolster seat is advisable.

When using a seat belt, make sure your child is appropriately restrained all the time. Make sure that the shoulder strap fits across the shoulder and not the neck. The lap belt must fit across the hips, and not on your child’s stomach. Still, keep your child properly buckled in the back seat.

Remember that the safety of your baby really matters. Keep yourself well informed.

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