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More on car seats

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Winter is quickly approaching here in Tennessee, and one thing we parents need to keep in mind is children’s┬ácar seat safety and winter coats. Folks, it is NOT safe to have your child in any type of bulky winter coat in a car seat, the main reason being that the bulk prevents the car seat straps from being tight enough. In the event of a crash, the bulk will compress and your child could be ejected from his or her car seat. I came across this article detailing what happened to one mom, and I wanted to help spread awareness.

Also, many cities offer free car seat safety checks with certified carseat safety inspectors. I urge all the parents out there to go to these because I personally see *so many* mistakes other parents are making, from having their infant forward-facing too soon, not having the chest clip on the breastbone, straps that are too loose, and everything in between.

 

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Deadly carseat mistakes

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Think you have your child buckled into his or her carseat properly? Think again. One of my friends shared this article with me, detailing 11 deadly mistakes people make with kids in carseats. There were a couple of things I didn’t know, such as why you should never wash the carseat straps and why you should never use both the seatbelt and LATCH system simultaneously. If you have children, or have anything to do with installing carseats and buckling children in, please read this. It could save that child’s life. And watch the videos, too. Especially the one with a crash test dummy in a carseat… it’ll give you a whole new perspective on carseat safety.

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Skim milk, anyone?

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This article is why we don’t drink 1% or skim milk! Ok, I didn’t actually know any of this before I read the article… I’ve always just thought skim milk and 1% milk was just nasty tasting. But after reading this article, I’m now I’m definitely staying away from that stuff. *shudders*

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Something to consider if you love animals

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Oooh THIS is awesome! I would totally love to help out like this someday. (I have a special place in my heart for shelter pets.) All animal-loving photographers out there should seriously consider something like this… a little help goes a long way, my friends. Anything to help get these pets out of shelters and into loving homes is worth it. Check out the website Second Chance Photos for some great tips and advice on how to go about photographing shelter animals to increase their chances of being adopted.

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