After learning we were pregnant with our first child, I couldn’t wait to start shopping for all the fun baby things. At 20 weeks we found out we were having a boy and that’s when the baby registry frenzy kicked into high gear. Prepping for a new baby can be really fun, but also overwhelming for any new parent. We want to buy all the right things, and that’s why it’s important to do our homework.
The consumer reports site became my best friend. Once I found baby gear items I liked, I would check out the safety information on that brand and product. It would help me make a smart decision, especially since baby gear items are more like an investment. Those items tend to be used for years, even possibly with the next child, and so on.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicco.
Here are some helpful car seat safety tips from Chicco’s Safety Advocate, Julie Prom:
- Rear-facing is safest. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend rear-facing as long as possible. Parents should keep child rear-facing until at least 2 years old, longer if the car safety seat weight and height limit allows. Young children are fragile and are best protected in a rear-facing car seat. To ensure a child can stay rear-facing as long as possible, purchase a convertible seat when your baby outgrows the infant seat.
- Most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until at least 5 or 6 years old.
- Most common mistakes can be avoided by simply following manufacturers’ instructions. All car seats must meet stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to be sold in the U.S. It is when they are not used correctly that makes them unsafe. Always read and follow the instructions for the safety seat. Also, read the vehicle owner’s manual section on child restraints.
- Always use the top tether when installing a forward-facing car seat. The tether reduces movement of a car seat in a crash and helps to achieve a tight installation.
Below is an infographic that includes important ages and stages information for car seat safety.
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Protects your child through the next stage of growth.
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Fits your vehicle. Fits your child.
The NextFit truly is the easiest convertible car seat to install accurately and securely in a wide range of vehicles because of its innovative safety and convenience features.
The NextFit grows with your baby, easily adjusting to fit baby as he or she grows from infant to preschooler (from 5 to 65 lbs).
Simply. Accurately. Securely.
Simply: No need for rolled towels or tubes to position your convertible car seat correctly in your car! The NextFit’s ReclineSure™ 9-position Leveling System adjusts with one hand for an accurate fit in a wider range of vehicles and vehicle seats.
Accurately: Just like the KeyFit, the Chicco NextFit takes the guesswork out of installing the seat thanks to the two RideRight™ bubble levels which clearly indicate the correct seat angle in both rear and forward-facing modes.
Securely: Parents of any size or strength can easily install the NextFit correctly with the SuperCinch™ LATCH tightener, which uses force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit – no strong muscles required.
Remember that purchasing baby gear, such as a car seat is like an investment. It’s vital that you have a high-quality car seat that ensures your child’s safety on the roads.
Disclosure: I received a promotional item to thank me for participating in this campaign.
These are some great tips.
Nicole Becker says
I had a fireman install my granddaughter’s car seat so I know it is safe!!
Jennifer H says
We did with our first child’s seat. The chief came out and taught us how to do it right so we’ve known what to do since then.
Liz (@blueviolet) says
Now you have me curious as to why there’s a bottom tether if it shouldn’t be used!
amazing tips!! even with all the information out there i still see parents with kids in wrong car seat or not buckled properly!!!
Jennifer H says
Ugh, yea that’s no good!
md kennedy says
Thanks for the great tips. My step-daughter is haing a baby in May and I have forwarded your post to her.
Jennifer H says
Thank you so much for passing on the info! Every child matters.
Maria Iemma says
What is the point to strapping a child into a car seat that will not protect them in case of an accident. Thank you for sharing this very important information. I will bring my car to the volunteer firefighters and ask them to check it was installed properly.
Jennifer H says
The fireman are happy to help. They’ll even teach you how to install it so you know for next time. That’s what we did. 🙂
These really are great tips. In our area, we’ve actually found that not every fire station will do car seat installation/checks. However, there are a lot of places that do. We’ve had ours inspected at a police station in a small town near us – which is nice.
We need a couple of new car seats for my daughter… thanks for the info!
Janet W. says
That chart is so helpful! There’s so much to remember for my grandsons when it comes to car seats and it can all get really confusing! Safety first!
Sherry Bult says
I really liked the chart too. Thanks for the updated information!
bohemian babushka (@BBabushka) says
The infographic and your post are excellent. Thanks for sharing, I’m saving this for my next grandbaby! BB2U
Love this font! Very nice to see a post like this for parents. I remember wondering if I we had the right seat and looking for resources to double-check. Glad you’ve shared this on your site for others to reference. In fact, I double-checked myself, just to be sure we were using the right size, etc. Things change so often!
proper child safety seats are so important. there is a program that you can get free car seats new by attending a class. once id find the link i will share