There’s a lot to think about regarding baby car seats. There are so many options available, and it can be difficult to find the one that is right for you and your family. Here are some things you need to remember when purchasing baby car seats:
Why would you want one?
A car seat is a device you can use to protect your child while in the car. Protecting your child from injury in a crash is essential, but it’s also good for your peace of mind. Car seats help you to do this by preventing them from being ejected from the vehicle and keeping them safe should there be an accident.
Baby car seats have been shown to reduce the risk of death or severe injuries in a crash by 70%. They’ve also been shown to prevent more minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, which can be painful and may require medical attention.
What you should know
When it comes to your baby’s safety, you want to ensure they are secure and protected. When selecting a car seat, you will want one that is safe and comfortable for the child. You should know how to install it properly, adjust it as needed and when and if it needs to be changed. In addition, there are some things that you should do in case of an accident involving your baby or any other children in the vehicle.
Buying a good car seat
When looking for a car seat, choosing one that fits your child’s age and size is essential. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that children ride rear-facing until they’re at least two years old and 20 pounds.
In addition to being the right size and age, the car seat should meet or exceed federal safety standards regarding crash protection. You can look for this information on an expiration sticker on the side of your car seat.
Adjusting the seat
The first thing you’ll want to do when setting up the car seat is read the manual. This may sound like a no-brainer, but knowing precisely how and where your child should sit is essential. If they’re not sitting in their seat correctly, they won’t be secured enough to protect them in an accident.
Make sure that the seatbelt fits over your child’s shoulder without being too tight or loose—this will help ensure that they’re secure in their seat and protected against injury during an accident. Make sure that none of the straps is twisted around each other as well; this can cause them not to work correctly in an accident.
Never leave your child alone in the car
The first rule of car seat safety is this: never leave your child alone in a car, even if you’re only going to be gone for a few minutes. Even on relatively mild days, temperatures can quickly rise inside the vehicle. Children are more susceptible than adults to heatstroke, which can lead to coma and death.
If your child is younger than 13 years, they need a booster seat.
If your child is younger than 13 years old, they need a booster seat. Why? Because their bones are still soft and can break more quickly than an adult’s. Also, if they are too small for the seat belt to fit correctly across their body, it may slip over their neck or cause damage to other organs. A booster seat elevates them so that they fit correctly in a car seat belt and also helps you be sure that the lap portion of the belt is snug against their hips.
It’s important to remember that children should always be in the back seat. That way, if there is an accident and your child is thrown forward, the front seat will absorb some of the impact. If you have a small car, it might be challenging to fit a booster seat (which should be used until age 13) and another occupant behind it.