While most parents know how to use car seats and that it’s standard to seat belt and car seat kids for safety, some parents, especially new Moms and Dads, might not know all the safety tips and tricks to keep the little ones safe. Below is a handy guide to help you understand some seriously awesome do’s and don’ts when it comes to keeping kids safe in the car.
How To Buckle Your Kids In The Right Seat
While you might have a car that surpasses the seat belt check and makes car seat installation easy, you still need to know just how to get kids buckled in safe. It’s one thing to know how to get the car seat latched, so here’s how to use it properly:
Infants should be rear facing away from all airbags in the back seat.
When your child graduates to a booster seat, they still need to sit in the back.
Kids may require a booster seat until they are 12 depending on their weight and height. Be sure to seat belt the child with the shoulder strap across their body at the should, not the neck.
A good rule is to make a rule for the kids: The car doesn’t move until everyone has a seatbelt buckled.
Distract Kids To Keep You From Distracted Driving
While we love our kids, it can be hard to answer questions and have a conversation in the backseat when you are focused on what’s going on around you. Give your kids something to play with while you are staying focused on the road. Books, especially coloring books, keep kids occupied. You can also use DVD players and tablets to keep the focus off the driver.
Belt Your Kids In With The Right Clothing
This especially rings true in colder months. You can be tempted to bundle your baby to keep out the cold, but seatbelting kids in bulky clothing can actually hinder the seat belt’s ability to keep the child safe in an accident. Warm the car up, and place baby in with minimal puffy clothes, with a snug seat belt to keep them safe while driving.
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