Car Safety is very big in our home; all my kids know that I will not start the car until they are snug in their car seats; my teens know that as well as my 5 year old. The boys HAVE to wear seatbelts no if’s and but’s and the princes has to be in a car seat at all times.
Did you know that Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old? It is a sad but true statement and I read it every day in our local newspaper that yet another accident and a child is in critical condition or lost it’s life. It makes me so sad as a mom myself to hear stories like that know if the child was in a car seat the outcome could be different.
There are many different car seats on the market in different prize ranges, sizes and for different age groups. I decided to put together a few tips to keep your little one save on the go that will make your life a bit easier and keep your family happy for a long time.
1. Don’t ever buy a used car seat; whether it be from a yard sale or a friend giving you a seat. This is the one item besides shoes that should be purchased brand new. You don’t know how safe the seat is ~ don’t jeopardize your child’s health and well being by saving a few bucks at a yard sale.
2. Car seats do have expiration dates, did you know that? Car seats do have an expiration date and it is to understand the risks associated with using an expired or old car seat. The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use. Car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change. A car seat deemed safe more than six years ago may no longer meet federal testing regulations. Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.
3. Replace the seat if you had an Accident. YES!! If the seat was occupied during an accident, even the smallest fender bender, it needs to be replaced with a new seat for safety reason. Trash the old seat and be sure to cut straps and destroy it as much as possible so no one will take the seat and use it for their child. Something you may not know, your insurance will replace the cost of the seat if the seat was occupied during the accident; call them and let them know you need a new seat. I had no idea and when someone told me, I called my insurance and they said “Yes, go purchase a replacement and bring by the receipt”, within a week or so I had my money refunded. Insurance don’t want you to know that, but it is part of your policy, if you are not the at fault party contact the fault party’s insurance for a car seat replacement.
4. Take time to install the seat. This is a very important step; don’t rush it. Take your time, read the car manual and the seat manual and install the seat accordingly. It can be difficult to get it tight,but you need to make sure the seat is as tight as possible. If you need help a lot of fire stations or police stations will be able to help you install your seat correctly.
5. Pick the right seat for your car and your child. Just like One Size fits all isn’t always true, that’s the same with car seats. Not every car seat fits into every car nor fits your child. I have a big expensive seat that I loved in my Expedition, it fit perfect and my daughter has it since she was 1; when I bought the mini van, the seat did not fit at all; was too big, too bulky and just wasn’t fitting on the mini van seats, so the big seat is now in my husbands Expedition and I bought a different seat that fit my car as well as my princess; try the seats out, let the kids sit in them as well. It’s not a simple run to the store pick the cheapest seat or expensive seat and you are set. It all depends on the fit!! it has to be safe for your little love bug.
These are 5 of my personal tips that I share with all my friends over and over, I’m very picky about car seats and will not allow my princess to ride in a car without her very own seat. Of course like I said some seats don’t fit in every car, sometimes it’s difficult to take out the seat you have and at times it’s a spur of the moment that someone else may need to pick her up. I found a great solution and couldn’t be happier.
We’ve come to love the folks and products at Safety1st over the last few years; wonderful products that keep the safety of the child and Mom’s in mind. The new BOOSTAPAK is the perfect solution for families on the go that need a car seat for their love bug 40-80 pounds or over the age of 4.
It’s a bag, it’s a seat it’s a super cool safety tool that can be take anywhere by your child. I love that the BoostAPak is a 2-in-1 sensation booster seat that doubles as a backpack. Kids have the convenience of a travel bag and can use it to stay safer when switching from one car pool in the morning to a different one on the way home. The compact size fits easily into an airplane overhead bin making it ideal for family trips too.
Backless Booster: 40-80 pounds and 43" - 52"
Moves easily from car to car – great for car pools
Travel friendly: fits easily into an overhead bin
Unique, patented fold-out seat belt guides
Durable plastic shell
High visibility reflective trim
Removable cover for easy spot cleaning
If my princess wants a sleepover at her BFF, I can pack her clothes in the back of the seat, zip it up and she can carry the booster seat along with her night clothes as a backpack to her friends house. If we plan on a trip by plane, like our trip to Germany next summer, we can use the backpack as a carry on with her toys and books and once we arrive in Germany we have our very own booster seat with us, no hassle, no worries and knowing that my princess is safe is priceless.
This booster seat is by far the best thing since sliced bread and I can’t say enough about it. If grandma needs to pick her up from school, the booster seat is with her and has simple instructions on how to install the seat printed right inside; simple as 1-2-3.
Isn’t it cool? no more worries, no more… We need a second seat. This simple yet powerful booster seat will be your little ones faithful companion no matter where they need to go or who will need to pick them up; it is always ready to go. Just love it. It is also lightweight, my princess can carry it on her back without a problem.
The back of the seat is also cushioned with nice thick straps and a nice back cushion, making it very comfortable to carry the seat around.
For more information, be sure to visit Safety1st on the web and don’t forget to follow on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with all the newest safety information. You can purchase the Safety1st BoostAPack through Amazon.com or any of your favorite retailer that sells Car seats and booster seats and retails for $69.99, making this a very affordable option to keep your kids safe.
Do your kids use a car seat or do you not worry about it? Would love to hear your side of the story.
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