Common Car Seat Mistakes that Put Babies’ Lives in Danger

Every baby needs to ride in a car seat from..

Common Car Seat Mistakes that Put Babies’ Lives in Danger

Every baby needs to ride in a car seat from the time they take their first ride until they are at least four years old. Most children benefit from riding in either a car seat or a booster seat until they are much older. Unfortunately, many parents make mistakes when they choose and install their children’s car seats.

Selection

It’s critical to the safety of the child for parents to choose a car seat that is appropriate for the age and size of the child. A child won’t be secured properly in a car seat that’s too big or too small for them. Some parents purchase infant car seats for their new babies and then buy new ones as the child gets older. Other parents buy convertible seats that can accommodate babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. A baby blog for moms can help expectant parents choose the right car seat for their baby.

Installation

All car seats come with detailed instruction manuals. Because there are various ways to attach the restraint to the car, it’s important for parents to follow the instructions exactly. Local fire departments and hospitals may offer assistance to parents who aren’t sure whether their car seats are installed correctly. Parents who need this kind of help should get assistance before they need to put their baby in the car.

Maintenance

Child restraints don’t require much maintenance other than to be kept clean. Parents should always register their car seats so they’ll be informed of any recalls issued for the equipment. The government and manufacturers continuously test child safety equipment to ensure it works as it should. If it doesn’t, a recall will be issued and replacement parts may be made available. If the car that holds the car seat is ever in an accident, the child restraint will need to be replaced.

Parents need safe and effective equipment for their children. Every expectant parent should purchase a new car seat for their baby or babies to ensure the restraint meets the current safety regulations. Used car seats might be a better value but, because parents can’t know the seat’s history, the savings don’t justify the risk.