Is your child in the right car seat? Find out + win one!

The day you bring your child home from the hospital brings such joy... and fear. At least, it did for us. We were so happy to welcome our children to the beautiful nursery we designed just for them. But also, so scared something would happen en route to said nursery.

I think it was the slowest NewsyDad has ever driven in his life! We didn't want anything to happen to our precious cargo. While we can't control other drivers, we can control the type of car seat in which we allow our children ride.  

Like most parents, we did extensive research. We decided on the Chicco KeyFit as the infant carrier which snaps into and out of the base for easy transport while Monkey or Lil Tank were sleeping. Once we transitioned into the convertible carseat, it was a no brainer. We chose Britax. Just Google it. The brand has the highest safety ratings and continually works to improve its product. No, it doesn't have a cup holder which is a complaint some make. But it does have straps that don't twist and tangle! Among other safety features. These are the seats Monkey & Lil Tank ride in to this day. We use the smaller version, Roundabout, which properly fits in the size of our cars. That's important when looking at car seats. Some places that have baby gear on display will allow you to take the seat to your car to see if it'll fit. Once purchased, we made sure to get the car seat checked to ensure it's properly installed. Because three in four car seats are either not installed or used correctly. Surprising, I know.

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the U.S.? The fatality rate could be reduced by about half, if the correct child safety seat was always used.

Bloggin' Mamas is supporting the Ad Council and The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by spreading the word about Child Passenger Safety Week this week (September 14-20).

One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to encourage parents and caregivers to visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size and to locate a car seat check event in their area. Parents and caregivers are also reminded to register their child’s car seat with the manufacturer so they can be informed in the event of a recall.

Safety seats, if used correctly, dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury to children. However, research shows that three out of every four car seats are not used correctly. Meaning the child is not in the correct car seat for their age, height and weight, or the car seat is not properly installed. In 2012, more than 37% of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.

Resources

o Installation Resources: If a car seat is not installed correctly, your child's safety could be in danger. Every car seat has different installation instructions. You can find resources and tips here to help you get “the right fit” on your car seats: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightFit.htm

o Free Car Seat Checks: During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be more than 600 events in 45 states across the country, where certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats and show parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use them. In most cases, this service is free of charge. Locate a car seat check event here: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm?

Car Seat Safety Tips:

  • Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age.
  • Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.
  • Before putting your child in a car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works.
  • All-in-One car seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with harness, then booster. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
  • Remember, the best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, and fits in your vehicle correctly. The information here can help you choose the right seat for your child.

Keep in mind that:

o Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.

o Children ages 1-3 should be kept rear-facing as long as possible.

o Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Be certain you've installed your car seat correctly by having it checked at an inspection station or by a certified child passenger safety technician. Bring the Car Seat Instructions AND the Vehicle Owner’s Manual with you to a seat check appointment!

If you live in South Florida, the Boca Raton Police Department will be inspecting car seats to make sure they are properly installed tomorrow (Saturday, September 20) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boomer's South parking lot located at 3100 Airport Road. All participants will receive free mini-golf or 20 free game tokens courtesy of Boomers of Boca Raton.

Check out this Infograph to help you check if you have #TheRightSeat and join @NHTSAgov today (September 17, 2014) from 3-4 p.m. EST for a Twitter Chat where you can ask questions you might have about your car seat. Free blogger signup

And to make sure you have #TheRightSeat, Bloggin' Mamas is giving away a $100 Amazon giftcard so you can buy one!

Giveaway begins September 17, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ends October 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Open to U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. See Rafflecopter form below for full terms & conditions.

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