Installing cars seats for babies, toddlers and children can be notoriously time-consuming and difficult with many a frustrated parent crying “Why don’t they just make these things easier to install!”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seven out of ten children in the U.S. are travelling in car seats that have not been correctly installed.
If you are concerned that your child might not be strapped in as safely into a car seat as he should be, then you may find the following Baby car seat safety guide useful.
According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), babies under 20 pounds, which is approximately equivalent until they are 12 months old, should always travel in a rear-facing car seat that is in the backseat of a car.
Teethers and toys
There is nothing quite as dangerous as driving with a baby or young child screaming in the back. Whilst this situation inevitably occurs from time to time and the best advice is for a parent to pull over somewhere safe and attend to his or her baby, one of the reasons an infant can cry in a car is through boredom.
Car boredom can be avoided by placing objects on the carrier bar of a car seat that will distract and entertain your child. Teethers, rattles and other baby toys will go a long way in keeping your child entertained on car journeys.
Ask a professional to install the car seat
Many of the retail outlets that sell car seat offer installation services whereby a professional will fit the seat for you. Simply make an appointment to have your car seat fitted, and then at least you will have peace of mind that the seat is fitted correctly.
Expensive seats do not necessarily mean they are safer
For a car seat to be on the market it has to have met the government’s safety standard, meaning that all child car seats are above a certain safety standard regardless of their cost. A more expensive car seat may be better quality in other aspects such as being more comfortable but it does not mean it will be safer.