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Car seat safety wasn’t a topic that crossed my mind as a first time parent. I assumed that as long as you read the instruction manual and utilized the LATCH system, your child’s seat was installed correctly.
It wasn’t until I attended a car seat safety class, that I learned Luna’s car seat had been installed wrong for a year and a half! This was a wake up call for me, especially since I had another little one on the way.
I encourage all parents and caregivers to become educated on how to properly install a child’s car seat.
Tips on Car Seat Safety
Attend a Class
Attending a class will shift your perspective on car seat safety. What I like about a class setting is that you’re able to learn from other people who are also in the class. Typically classes are taught by a certified tech that can answer all your car seat safety questions.
Have tech inspect your installed car seats
If you aren’t sure about a tech in your area, go to your local fire or police department and inquire about a car seat check. Most of the time you can a certified tech who will do the inspection for free. You can check here for places that do local inspection.
Learn how to install car seat safety yourself
Whether you attend a class or go for a safety check, ask to be shown how to install your child’s car seat. Practice it a few times to be sure you can install the car seat by your when you get home.
Then, teach people who drive around with your child how to safely install car seat.
Anyone who is going to be driving around with your child should know how to properly install their car seat!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
As cliche as this may sound, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You know the saying : “a closed mouth doesn’t get fed”. When I went to the car seat safety class I asked a ton of questions because I wanted to have a firm understanding of car seat safety.
Register your car seat
Registering your child’s car seat enables you to become aware of any recalls that may occur.
Last, but not least: Read the instruction manual! This is where you will find the height and weight limits to you child’s car seat. Knowing these limits is vital because you’ll know whether to child you.
Never pass up an opportunity to learn! When you know better you do better .Your babies are depending on you:)