Baby Car Seats
Car accidents are unpredictable. No matter how safe a driver the person on the wheel is, the occurrence of chance encounters is inevitable. According to a number of online polls, car crash is among the leading causes of death among children between the ages of three and fourteen.
When you place your child in a baby car seat, you are lowering the risks of him being endangered while on the road. However, it is still important how to install a car seat properly and how to secure it in place while your child is on it. If you fail to follow the safety guidelines regarding car seats, then all your efforts to keep your child safe are worthless. What’s the point of trying to prevent accidents when one tends to overlook the simple steps involved?
Before going on with car seat installation tips, one has to bear in mind that:
- It is safest to place the car seat at the backseat of the car
- It is not advisable for a parent to carry a child on their lap most especially if they are sitting in front. There are instances wherein the driver is inclined to put the car into full stop thereby affecting the passengers. Adults may have the power to withstand the force being jolted forward or sideways, but young ones cannot as their bones and muscles aren’t fully developed yet. Such incident may result to fatal injuries.
- Although there are times when parents think that it’s ‘cute’ to have their tot sit on its father’s or mother’s lap while driving and letting the baby take control of the wheel, this is – in reality – highly prohibited by law.
Here are a few guidelines regarding baby car seats that parents may follow in order to keep their child safe at all times:
1. Baby car seats come in a variety of sizes, colors, and material. Make sure that you purchase the type that fits snugly into the backseat of your car. Of course, you also have to consider your child’s level of comfort. Are the sides too tough that when your car moves, his head slams into it? Is the chair too small or too big for him? Asking yourself such questions will help you determine which car seat to buy.
2. Test the harness and buckle it in place. Do a few test tugs and see if the buckles’ grips are sturdy enough or if they tend to unbuckle easily. Make sure to adjust the harness accordingly once your child is placed on the seat. Extreme tightness may cause suffocation, whilst looseness may cause him to slip out of the seat easily.
3. If your child is below the age of 3, it is best to place the car seat at the backseat facing the rear end of the vehicle. This keeps the child from having his back endure the aftershock of a full break. For children above 3, car seats can normally be placed on the backseat facing the front of the car.