A car-crash is the most fatal and the most underrated reason for deaths that is completely man-made. According to an official data, car-crash is responsible for 15% of the unintentional injuries. Road accidents are caused when one of the drivers on the road makes mistake; you may be driving safe but that doesn’t assure you safety.
We all know, during a car crash, babies are at greater risk of injury. This is because they have a delicate spine and their heads are proportionally larger than adult’s. This makes their necks stretch more than ours, because of its weight, which can be fatal. Also, the seats in a car is designed, keeping adult’s posture in mind, which makes the seat belts of the car completely useless for the infants and the toddlers. Children in adult seat belts on the market are 3.5 times more likely to get severely injured compared to the children in child restraint. This is the reason why, here in Australia, we have certain laws, called the Child restraint laws that abide all Australians to use a certain car safety seats for their children up to the age of seven. The best convertible car seat for babies can be found online that are specifically designed by companies, keeping your child’s safety in their minds. It is their parent’s duty to make sure the seats are installed properly and the baby fits in the seat properly. Note that they should remain in a particular restraint and not move to the next level of restraint if the baby fits fine in the existing seat.
Following are some child safety seat tips you must keep in mind:
- Your baby should remain rear facing until she is 2 years of age or she reaches the highest weight or height permitted by the manufacturer for the particular seat. Most of the rear facing seats is designed for children up to 35 pounds (16 kilograms).
- Age and the type of child restraint according to law:
- You must use the rear-facing car seat or baby capsule for the babies that are up to six months old.
- For children from 6 months to 4 years, you can use a forward or rear facing car seats with in-built harness.
- Children that are aged 4 to 7 years, for them, you can use in-built harness or booster seat that have adjustable adult seat belts.
- Child car safety seats have many harness pairs of slots; you must use them and ensure your baby is kept tight enough. Make sure that the straps are not sagged or twisted, as that can be uncomfortable to your child.
- You must never put a blanket or any sheet between the harness and the baby, as it may reduce the tightness the straps should have.
- There must be a gap of at least 1 inch between the top edge of the rear seat head support and your baby’s head. The seats that are available in the market usually have shoulder markers that indicate when your child has outgrown the seat and it is the time to buy the next child restraint.
- Don’t forget to mail back the registration card, as stated in the guidelines. This will help the company recall and replace any component that may be below standards or malfunctioning.
- Restraints older than 10 years or damaged or moderately damaged restraints should not be used. They could be dangerous for your babies. It is advised to dispose of them in a way that it can’t be re-used in the future.
Sometimes your baby may want to come to the world and see you, before it’s time. A test called car seating test is done before your baby is ready to go home. This test is done on infants born earlier than 37 weeks (or three weeks before time), which monitors their heart rate and breathing pattern. You may be advised a car bed, which is a safer alternative to car seats.
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