Did you know that nearly three out of four child car seats are installed or used incorrectly? Because of this surprising statistic, it is a good idea for us all to get refresher on the basics of car seat safety. When correctly used, a car seat can reduce a child’s risk of death in a car accident by as much as 71%, so here are some basic tips to make sure you’re doing it correctly.
- Read the manual. Every car seat comes with a manual. Read through the whole thing before you try to install it in your car or put your child in it. Just because you think you know how to do it, that doesn’t mean you are doing it right.
- Right seat, right place, right direction. Make sure the seat you are using is appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height and that they stay in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies stay in a rear-facing position until they are two years old, or longer, if possible.
- Never alone. Never leave your child alone in the car for any amount of time. Vehicle windows act like a greenhouse and temperatures can soar within a matter of minutes. This could lead to potential heatstroke or death.
By following these simple tips, your car will be a much safer place for your baby.