What are car seats? When you bring your baby into this world, you would want to make sure that your baby will be safe in the big world. This begins when you leave the hospital. You need to make sure that you bring your baby home safely. Here are some tips to keep your baby safe.
Purchasing the Correct Car Seat
For a child aged two years and below, your baby needs to be in a rear-facing car seat. Only when your baby has outgrown a rear-facing car seat should you put them in a forward-facing seat. Afterward, depending on the age and height of your child, you can use a booster seat.
Once you’ve selected the best car seat for your baby, you will need to install it correctly. Even if you get the best and most expensive one in the market, it will not keep your child safe unless the car seat is secured in the vehicle. How do you do this?
Start by reading the instruction manual for your car seat. You can also read your vehicles’ manual so that you can correctly identify the best chair to install it.
Harness With Care
The harness will keep the car seat in place, as well as secure your child secure. Make sure that your harness has the correct length and a snug fit. When you put the straps around your baby, check if they are too tight or too loose. One way to know if the harness is acceptable is by doing the “pinch test.” You do it by putting your fingers on the shoulder straps. If you can pinch the harness, you need to tighten them.
Know When To Change Your Car Seat
Again, reading the car seat manual is essential so that you know when to change them if it gets damaged. You also need to promptly change the car seat once your baby has outgrown it.
You also need to be aware of when you need to return your car seat or bring them back for repairs. When you purchase one, find out how the company lists their recalls and where you can send it. You should also register your product with the manufacturer to make sure that you receive updates on the product when they are available or released.
Another important point to remember is that car seats are not used for a very long time, except for boosters. Your child can use the latter up to when they are ten or 12. If you happen to borrow a car seat from a friend, make sure that it is not damaged or on the recall list.
Kids Safe Worldwide
One of the websites that you can visit is Kids Safe Worldwide. It has lists of kids’ car seat recall per year and date. The website also indicates why these products are being recalled and what the possible risks are of not doing so.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Like Kids Safe Worldwide, the NHTSA specifically has a list for car seat recall for up to 10 years. They are written by manufacturer, which will be an easier tool for you since you just need to filter to the brand that you’ve purchased. The filter will help you find out faster if your car seat is on the list and if you need to return it or bring it in for repair.
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