Car Safety For Babies
This is for the first time parents. Having a baby can be a delight, yet worrisome. You have a tiny human who relies on you for everything – including their safety. Bringing a baby home can be scary. There bodies are still developing – such as their spinal chords. That’s why the condition of the and the positioning will create or prevent injury for your child. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind, when you have a baby onboard.
1. Infant only seats are to be used until the maximum weight or age. Usually, these seats or for newly-born babies until they reach 25-35 lbs. Then, you would have to invest into a car seat. Make sure you place the seat in the back of your car with the rear facing you. This will prevent injury when driving. Since babies have a developing body, their considered as fragile. If they are facing forward — even a stop can stretch out their spinal cord and send them a visit to the hospital.
2. Be careful with used car seats. The rule of thumb is to never accept car seats that are more than 6 years old. The can wear and tear easily – which puts your baby at risk. To check this, there should be a tag with an expiration date or manufacturer you can look up. If not, ask for the instruction manual. It can tell you the information you need to know. Keep in mind missing parts as well that’s a big no-no!
3. Keep it comfortable and secure. Do you know about LATCH? There are a few ways to install a car seat: with safety belts or LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children). Majority of cars that were manufactured after September 2002 have a latch system that is easier to install car seats. Whether or not you use seat belts or latch, make sure to follow the instructions on the car seat when installing on the vehicle. The seat shouldn’t wobble side-to-side or forward-and-back and inch away. When you placed your baby on the seat, make sure the harness is properly tightened.
Keep the information in mind while you’re driving around with your baby. And be careful while driving. About 60% of accidents that include children happen within 10 minutes from their home.
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