Posts tagged safety
Winter is quickly approaching here in Tennessee, and one thing we parents need to keep in mind is children’s car 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.
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.