Being that we just celebrated Baby Safety Month last month, we thought it would be a great time to share some car seat safety tips from Chicco'sChild Passenger Safety Advocate, Julie Prom...I had the chance to ask Julie some top car seat safety questions recently.
Q: What tips do you have for parents who are selecting a car seat for their child?
A: Choose one that fits your child, fits your vehicle, and is easy for you to use correctly every time. It helps to visit a store that allows you to try out your seat of choice in your vehicle before you buy it. Also, choose a seat that you are comfortable installing securely yourself. Take older children with you to help pick out “their” booster seat. A child is more likely to happily stay in a booster if it is one that he or she picked out.
Q: Is there any recent car seat safety research that parents should be aware of?
A: Boosters are an important step that far too many parents skip. Take a look at this study on it.
Q: How can parents confirm that their car seat is installed correctly?
A: Always refer to both the car seat guide and the vehicle owner’s manual. In general terms, when grasping the car seat near the seat belt or LATCH belt path, try to slide it side-to-side and front to back. It should not more move than an inch in any direction. For hands-on assistance, take advantage of local carseat check events at hospitals, fire stations, car dealerships, and baby gear shops. Go to www.safercar.gov and click on “Car Seat Help.”
We had the opportunity to take a look at the Chicco KeyFit 30 Magic Infant Car Seat in person and were thrilled with the many comfort and safety features like a thickly cushioned seat and five point harness. Not only was our little model super comfy in this seat with its soft, breathable fabric, but the extra large canopy is great for shielding his delicate skin from the sun's wicked hot rays. We're also a big fan of the bubble level guides and centrally located LATCH tightening system which helps make proper installation from either side of the car easier.
If you're in the market for an infant car seat, look into the Chicco KeyFit 30 Magic Infant Car Seat. I daresay you'll love all the features too!
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