Hollie Schultz from Baby Gizmo (our Super MomMe - Product & Gear Expert) and 20 of her closest celeb and VIP friends (including Rachel Pitzel from Club MomMe - who was given the longest line in the video!) share car seat safety tips.
You can find a car seat safety check-up event in your area by checking the Safe Kids USA website. Club MomMe Los Angeles will be hosting a Baby Safety Night with Safe Kids on October 23rd at 6:30 pm in Santa Monica and Club MomMe Chicago will be posting our event there in October soon!
Car Seat Safety Best Practice Tips from Britax:
1. The best way to protect kids in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
2. The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car, and is one you will use correctly every time you travel.
3. Before you install your car seat, take some time to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual.
4. Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit
5. Place the chest clip at your child’s armpit level.
6. Thick padding must not be put under or behind the baby unless it is recommended for use by the manufacturer.
7. Always tighten the harness until snug.
8. When your child is ready for a booster seat you can safely secure your child in a booster seat, using a lap/shoulder seat belt, never a lap belt only.
9. To best protect your child in a crash, car seats must be installed correctly.
10. The back seat is the safest place for children age 12 and under.
11. One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle.
12. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe.
13. The AAP recommends all infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.
14. Install your car seat using either LATCH or the vehicle seat belt system. You should not use both systems at the same time.
15. The car seat should not move more than one inch front to back or side to side at the belt path.
16. The harness straps should be threaded through the slots at or below the child’s shoulders on a rear-facing car seat.
17. The harness straps should be threaded through the slots at or above the child’s shoulders in a forward-facing car seat.
18. If you have difficulty installing your child seat securely, contact the manufacturer.
19. If a child seat has been involved in a severe crash or is past its expiration date, the seat should be replaced.
20. Register your car seat with the manufacturer.