Making sure your car seat is safe

 

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Of all the baby products in the world, car seats probably have the most pressure on them safety-wise. If you’re going on the road with your baby, surrounded by other several-ton cars, you’ll want them to be in the safest car seat possible.

But buying a safe car seat is just one step. You also have to make sure that your car seat is placed in the best location in your car and that it’s installed correctly.

What kind of seat do I get?

Car seats aren’t just a fun place for babies to hang out while you’re in the car. Like seat belts, they exist to protect in case of an accident, so buying one is serious business. You’ll want something made for an infant, with a newborn insert or cushion for when your little one is really little and needs the extra support to stay snug. Check the height and weight limits on the seats you are considering. If you have a preemie, you’ll need a lower weight limit than some seats offer.

Remember that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until they’re two years old or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. Infant car seats with higher weight ranges are available. Convertible car seats that switch from rear- to forward-facing positions often have even higher rear-facing weight limits and are a great choice for a seat that will grow with your child.

Where do I put it?

All the cool kids sit in the back of the bus, right? Well, it’s no different for your cool kid. Your car seat is safest in the back of your car in the middle seat. Not only are they farther away from the airbags, they’re also farther from common points of impact. Remember to keep your child in the safer rear-facing position as long as possible.

How do I install it?

Great news! There are many locations that will help you to correctly install your car seat. They can also check a car seat installation you’ve done on your own. This will help you to confirm that everything has been done correctly. A great resource for finding a location near you is at safercar.gov.

If you’re the do-it-yourself type, you can install your car seat without outside assistance. Just be sure to read the manual carefully and check that each part is in the right place. Many car seat manufacturers have installation videos you can watch to help you out. Still, wondering if you’ve done it right is natural for first-time parents, and your local experts will be happy to double check your install.

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