Bringing a new baby into the world is an exciting time, but it also comes with some challenges, and you want to be able to protect him or her the best you can. Car seat safety is one of the main concerns of many parents. The following three tips can help you feel prepared for traveling in the car with your newborn safely.
New is Best
Raising a child can be expensive, so it’s often wise to save money by purchasing gently used clothes and other items. One exception is when you’re buying a car seat. Newer car seat models offer better protection for your child. Plus, car seats have expiration dates due to the fact that the materials can age over time and become compromised when it comes to their ability to keep your baby safe. Another concern with an older car seat is the possibility it’s been in a previous accident, which also makes it less safe for future use.
Rear-facing is a Must for Younger Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that younger children remain in rear-facing car seats as long as possible until they reach the maximum height or weight. Having a younger child in the rear-facing position has been shown to provide the most protection in the event of an accident. Many of the newest car seats have extended their maximum height and weight limits to allow for a rear-facing position into the toddler years. You also have the option to purchase a convertible car seat when your child outgrows the infant carrier to allow for longer rear-facing positioning. Some convertible seats have a maximum rear-facing weight limit of up to 40 pounds.
Look into Professional Installation
Installing a car seat can be challenging. Car seats are designed to be installed in a specific way to provide your child with maximum protection. If you have an older car, you may have to install the seat using your car’s seat belt rather than using the LATCH system, which can be difficult. There are several different locations where you can get your car seat installed by professionals or have your installation checked for safety.
Raising children is both exciting and scary. Putting your newborn in a safe and correctly installed car seat can provide you with peace of mind that he or she is secure and safe while in the car. It’s helpful to have your seat checked for proper installation by a certified professional, so you can feel confident when bringing your newborn baby in the car.