Car Seat Safety part 3
There are so many common mistakes when it comes to car seats so let's try to clear a few of them up. Rear facing is always better. Try to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. Put them front facing no earlier than 2 years old. Follow the weight and height restrictions on the seat you purchase. When purchasing a seat, you should try to pick one that has higher weight and height restrictions. Rear facing is 5 times safer than front facing. Even if your child's feet are touching the back of your cars seat, doesn't mean he's too big for the seat. Follow the restrictions. Try and put your car seat in the middle of the back seat. That is the safest place for it. Never put a car seat in the front seat or by any airbags. Children should not actually ride in the front seat till they are 13 year of age. Your child's shoulder straps should be at or below their shoulders, never above. They need to be sung, you should be able to fit only one finger between your little one and their chest strap. Dress them light while they are in their seat. If it's cold, put a blanket on top of them after you strap them in. Bulky clothing can make it impossible to tighten them properly. Never add anything to a car seat, such as toys. The chest clip need to be at armpit level. These are just a few things to watch out for on the daily.
Car seats can be very overwhelming. They can be complicated, awkward and heavy but it’s worth putting in the time to do the research and have it properly installed. Hopefully you will never have to see your seat in action, but if you do… you need it to protect your little monkey. Please take the time and be on the right side of the 50% of people that use them correctly.
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Car Seat Safety part 2
There is a vast variety seats. It can be overwhelming. I'll try and break it down. In order to leave the hospital with baby in hand, you will need an infant car seat. There are two types, a convertible or an infant. Infants car seats are great. There is a base that is first installed in your car and the bucket simply clicks in and out of the base. So if baby falls asleep, you just click them out and off you go with baby without waking them. The downfall of these is you will need another car seat when they get to 20-30 lbs (depending on the brand). Convertibles are great, they go from infant, usually all the way to booster. On the down side, they are not easy to switch from vehicle to vehicle and you are unstrapping and waking baby every time you leave the car. Once you pick a type, you need to insure it fits in your vehicle. Most car seats are a final sale so ask the clerk to check the floor model to your vehicle. This is one of the (if not the most) overwhelming parts of gearing up for a new baby. Do your research, talk to friends and ask retail workers a ton of questions. This is your child's life, take your time, do your work.
So now you have your brand new car seat... You just have to install it. You open the instructions, read through it and none of it makes sense, you might as well be reading a different language. First try reading the car seat section in your car manual, that should give you some insight. Thankfully there are many groups out there that will help you. Every area is different. So go to transport Canada's website and see what's in your area. You can also try BCAA or checkout some Facebook groups, buckle up Wood Buffalo is a great one. Once you have your seat installed, you will still need to check it now and then. It should never move more than an inch side to side or front to back. Make sure you take the time to install your little one’s seat properly. If done incorrectly, not only can it be a fine if pulled over but it is not keeping your child safe. Come back tomorrow and we will address the most common mistakes.
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Car Seat Safety part 1
Anytime you're on (or off) site, in any sort of equipment or vehicle... the first rule is to put on your seat belt. Why? Obviously because seat belts save lives. What about when it comes to our children? We all use car seats, but did you know that it's estimated they are used incorrectly 50% of the time! That is a huge number...it means we are taking a 50/50 chance with our most precious cargo. This has to change. Let's go over some musts when strapping your little ones in.
Let's start at the beginning, purchasing a car seat. Canada has very strict safety regulations when it comes to car seats. Even the United States does not meet our standards. I know car seats are much cheaper in the states, but you do get what you pay for. Not only are they not as safe as seats manufactured for Canada but it's also illegal to use one. If you get pulled over using a car seat missing the national safety mark you're looking at $179 fine and could be charged with child endangerment, not to mention the hospital will not let you take your baby home in a car seat without it. Just because you can order one online and ship it to your home does not make it legal. Border patrol will seize it. There are no seats manufactured to cross borders. Also, you are not likely to be contacted if there is a recall and you have purchased out of country. Now when it comes to buying used; it's not really recommended. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a brand new one. So if you are buying used make sure it's not past the expiration date and the instructions are included. Please note, even if it's not expired but manufactured before 2012 it is not up to code. Canada revamped our safety standards and it will no longer meet them. Try to buy from someone you know and trust. Car seats are void after it's been in even the smallest of accidents. There is no real way of telling, so you have to trust the person you're buying from. Alright, now we know the do's and don'ts when purchasing a car seat, tomorrow let's figure out which one we need.
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