Choosing & Using The Right Car Seat Corrrectly

My passion for proper car seat usage started 6 years ago. I can actually recall the exact instant that it became my passion. I was sitting outside the hospital, holding my tiny newborn Emmitt in my arms as my nurse and I waited for Nathan to bring around the car. I watched, with horror, a new mom trying to put her tiny, screaming newborn into an infant seat that was installed forward facing in their back seat. I alerted my nurse and asked her to go tell them the car seat was installed backwards, but she said it was a liability issue and there was nothing she could do.

When Nathan pulled the car around, I handed him Emmitt. I got out of my wheelchair and hobbled (post csection) over the the new mom struggling to calm her screaming baby- and I helped show her how to install her seat correctly. She must have thanked me five thousand times as tears streamed down her cheeks- that is where my passion was born.

Your child’s car seat is the most important piece of baby gear you will ever own. Choosing the right one having it installed correctly is of the utmost importance – and having help from a professional is a great way to guarantee it’s done right!

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Every 33 seconds in 2015 a child under 13 was involved in a car crash in the United States and 1 in 3 children killed* in car crashes are not restrained properly. Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But many parents move their children to the next restraint type (car seat, booster seat, seat belt) too soon or never use the correct one to begin with. My Ride 65 Rear Facing in a Toyota CorollaThis year  September 17-23 is Child Passenger Safety Week. More than 1000 events are expected in 45 states across the country to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. The week culminates in “Seat Check Saturday,” where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE.Britax Pavilion 70-G3To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit bit.ly/CPSTech.

*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

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Real Mom Review's founder and main author, Skye Moyer is a 27 year old, stay at home mother of four beautiful children who is currently traveling all over the U.S. in her RV! She has been married to her best friend for almost 10 years and is happiest when surrounded by family & friends!

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