It is the law, get one now!
Child Passenger Safety is part of Motor Laws and is stated as follows: children from ages 8 to 17 are required to wear a seat belt in all seats; from the age of 4 to 8, the child must ride in a booster seat and small kids under age 4 must be restrained in a child passenger restraint system. Every state in America has adopted child safety seat law to protect kids when traveling by car.
Get the right car seat for your infant
Baby seat for infants fit babies snugly during the first year or so, depending on the seat and size of the baby. It faces the rear of the car and carries infants weighing to 22 to 35 pounds and 29 to 32 inches tall. The newborn car seat has usually a handle for easy carrying. The seat can snap in and out of a base as it is installed in the car, and in and out of the stroller.
Follow these rules for good results
- It is not advisable for baby to take long- distance car travel. Never leave sleeping baby alone in car seats for prolonged periods of time; the maximum is two hours.
- Only use the car seat in the car if baby falls asleep on your way home. Upon arriving home, place baby immediately to his cot. Infants sleeping on their backs on a firm flat surface are in the safest position.
- If you and baby have no other companion in the car, always have your baby within your sight all the time.
- Keep an eye on the temperature. Hot temp is one possible causes of SIDS. Stop the vehicle and check how hot he feels.
Car seat for your infant
It is advisable to buy your first baby car seat before birth. Remember that the car seat of infant is in a position facing the rear. It’s best to keep your baby facing rear for as long as possible, until he reaches his 2nd years. This position offers better protection for little ones in case of accidents. After he reaches the of 2 years, you can move your child to front facing although rearward facing travel up is better.
Great risk moving baby to a bigger car seat too early
Parents often like to move babies up quickly to the next stage in many cases. According to pediatrician and author Jennifer Shu from Pediatrics Academy of America, parents should take tine and slow down when it comes to their newborn car seat and stay in the right size until the child is large enough to move up to toddler car seat.
For safety sake: buckle up despite your age, your seat and your trip
The number 1 cause of death among American children is due to vehicular injuries and deaths in car mishaps that could have been prevented by safety measures. Buckle up your kids at any age and size-appropriate car seat whether fitted as baby seat, for a toddler car seat, as booster seat, until time for seat belts. Be aware that this option has reduced by more than 50% serious and fatal injuries.