Arguably, car seats are vital in a child’s safety. From ensuring that your baby is in the right position and secured with straps and belts while you’re out for a long trip, you are also treated with a sense of peace.
Keep them rear-facing as long as you can
Per the advisory of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest car seats are those that are rear-facing and it’s said that age is not limited as to when kids are to be turned around. Note that most modern car seats have more than 65 pounds weight limits so kids can use them for a while.
Always use car seats as instructed
The information on car seats may be overwhelming to moms but using it as directed gives you an assurance that you can trust the safety equipment to protect your child. That said, if you have questions, contact your car seat manufacturer to guide and instruct you on its use and maintenance.
Adhere with the minimum and maximum weights
Car seats have varied weight requirements. From as light as 4 pounds to as heavy as over 60 pounds, it is important to mind the minimum and maximum weights of this safety device. This is to ensure your baby’s safety all the time.
Only use car seats in the car (obvious)
Parents should abide by the most important role that car seats are designed for car use only and never at home or in daycare. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society, using car seats when babies are not in car poses a lot of dangers to them like the risk of positional asphyxia.
Don’t put babies in car seats for a long period of time
It is highly encouraged to take short breaks when on a long trip and get the baby out of the car seat. Professor Peter Fleming, a car seat researcher said that babies under 1-month old should be restricted for long road trips. “Restrict it to say, no more than half an hour or so,” he said.