Car seat safety is very important. In fact, car crashes are the number one reason why young children are injured or even killed. Keeping your baby safe is easy with these few simple steps.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. Please take your car seat to your local police or fire station, for additional help installing your car seat.
Best Place to Install a Car Seat
Babies should face the rear of the car because their bodies aren’t strong enough to support themselves if they are facing forward if you were involved in a collision. The safest place in a car is in the in the middle of the back seat. Being in the middle, will prevent them from being impacted if you were involved in a collision on the side. Infants should rear face until they are at least 2 years old according the American Pediatric Association or hit the height and weight restrictions that are located on the car seat.
Ensure that the Car Seat is Level and Installed Properly
Follow the manufactures installation directions when you are installing the car seat. The car seat needs to be level to help support your baby’s head and neck properly, especially if they are unable to hold their head up on their own. If you have having trouble getting the car seat level, try rolling up a towel or using a pool noodle. If you are using a pool noodle, you can cut it to fit the car seat.
The car seat needs to be installed properly to protect your child in the event that you are involved in a car crash. When installing the car seat, you may have to have someone sit in the seat in order to put some weight on it, so that you can make sure that it is installed securely. The car seat shouldn’t move side to side when you try to move it. If you are unsure, if the car seat is installed properly you can take it to the hospital, local fire department, or local police department. They are usually willing to help ensure that your car seat is installed properly.