You know how important car seats are to the safety and protection of your child. But sometimes, they can be tricky. Here are some car seat safety tips so that you know just how your car seat will work the best:
- Keep the straps snug
Most kids’ straps are actually too loose. You need to make sure they are nice and snug, and be sure to remove any bulky clothing because they often cause you to loosen the straps.
- Keep your kids rear-facing for as long as possible
Once your child outgrows their infant car seat, they’ll move to a convertible one. You should keep this seat rear-facing for as long as possible, until they’re too big for it. Kids are at greater risk for leg injury when they’re forward-facing.
- Use the tethers
Lower anchors and tether anchors are required in all vehicles model year 2003, so make sure you make use of them! These secure the car seat more than just the seatbelts.
- Don’t use the booster seat too soon
Make sure they’re at least 4 years old and 40 pounds, and don’t stop using it until they’re 10 – 12 years old.
Have your car seat checked by a trained professional, found at seatcheck.org.