Thursday, February 7, 2013

Car Seat Safety/ Mommy Brain Mixer

Have you all seen that adorable video of the baby girl  wakes up and dances to Gangnam Style? It's the cutest!

Anyway, today as I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I saw that someone had posted a photo pointing out how the girls' were not properly buckled in. I'll admit that it was one of the first things I noticed when I watched the video, and I am all for spreading car seat awareness. But I'm just not sure that public shaming is the best way to go about it. So I decided that today, I would like to talk about car seat safety.

If you know me in real life, you most likely know that I have a car seat safety obsession. My daughter is 7 years old and still rides in a 5 point harness seat.  I recommend keeping your child in a 5 point harness as long as possible. My daughter is in the Britax Frontier (pictured to the left). I love it because the height and weight requirements are the highest I have found. If you are in the market for a good convertable seat that will last, I definitely recommend it!
  • Forward Facing: Minimum Weight: 25 Lb., Maximum Weight: 85 Lb., 30 "; Maximum Height: 57 "
  • Booster: Minimum Weight: 40.0 Lb., Maximum Weight: 120.0 Lb., Minimum Height: 42.0 ", Maximum Height: 65.0

Here are some basic car seat safety guidelines to go by. The laws vary from state to state, but I don't think any of them are as safe as these guidelines recommended by the AAP. If you would like more information  than what is provided below click here

 Infants/ Toddlers

Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing seat until they are 2 years old or have reached the height/ weight limit of the car seat. As a minimum they should be switched to front facing at 1 year and 20 lbs.

A reclined, rearward-facing car seat cushions the baby’s back, head, and neck in a frontal impact. I know that we all are eager to see those sweet little baby faces in the back seat, but it is very important to keep them rear facing until they are at least 20 lbs so that they have time to develop those neck muscles.

Toddlers/ Preschoolers

All children 2 years and older should use a forward facing car seat with a 5 point harness for as long as possible. Up to the highest weight/ height requirements of the seat.

Reasons to keep a child in a 5 point harness over switching to a booster:

 * The crash forces are spread over the skeletal body 
over five points rather than three.

* The crash forces are spread to the strongest parts
of the child's body.

* Forward head excursion (the distance the head is
thrown forward) are lessened.

* The child is secured in the correct seating position rather
than being able to wiggle around, lean forward etc.

School Aged Children

When your child is at least 4 years old and 40lbs you can begin thinking about switching to a high back belt positioning booster seat, but it's best to wait till they have completely outgrown their 5 point harness seat. Children should stay in a belt positioning seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly. Usually when they have reached 4' 9" and are between 8-12 years old.

Older Children

When children are old enough and large enough to use a seat belt alone, they should always use the shoulder/ lap belt with for the best protection. All children under 13 should sit in the backseat.

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  1. We are definitely all about car seat safety too...better to be safe than sorry, right? I've heard good things about the Britax seat you recommended. Unfortunately, we had to move my little one from rear-facing to forward-facing before he turned two, because he was too long. He met the min. weight restriction for a forward-facing seat, but not by very much. I think this is just always going to be a problem we'll have though, since his dad is 6'4"! I just wish there was a safe way to have protective SMALLER carseats...I always feel like I need a big 'ol Suburban or Tahoe or a BUS to handle them all!

  2. I recently looked at car seats too. New follower from the blog hop and I also really love the You tube video of the little girl sleep then wakes up to dance


  3. Hi! I'm stopping by to let you know that I FINALLY posted about the award you gave me a 'century' ago. I know it's taken way too long but I finally got to it! Thanks, BTW!

  4. We got a Britax after having the clunky cheap seat from walmart. The Britax is like a dream. I can install it by myself. I love that car seat!