Baby on board! Precious cargo in transit! There can be nothing more important than your child’s safety when travelling by car.
Sure you’ve done your due diligence and have installed a car seat, but have you made these small mistakes below that could have big consequences?
Invest in the right car seat
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Beware of incorrect use of the harness and straps
For maximum protection the harness clip should be at armpit level, while the straps should not be too loose or too tight. Use the pinch test to determine this: if you can pinch the straps between your fingers, the straps are too loose and need to be tightened.
Turning forward too soon
According to guidelines by The Academy of American Pediatrics (AAP) it says babies should rear-face until their 2nd birthday or until they reach the height and weight limits for their car seats.
Blankets and bulky clothing are no-nos
Not only will dressing your baby in bulky clothing loosen the straps on the seat rendering the harness as ineffective, but the child can easily overheat in the car. Your child’s seat should always be adjusted to fit their body. Rather make sure your car is an ambient temperature if you’re worried about the cold.
Don’t use a car seat outside of a car
The clue is in the name—car seats have been designed for use inside the car, and not as a napping station. Once the seat is out of the car and not properly positioned, your baby is at risk of positional asphyxiation.