One of the big ways to keep our little ones safe is in the car! I understand that car accidents can happen to anyone (it recently happened to a friend of mine, luckily she was fine, but she spent a long time with her Car Crash Lawyer trying to get compensation for what happened). Car seat safety sometimes comes along with a big question mark. The right car seat, the proper installation, the correct fit. It can be overwhelming, and so that’s why I’m so excited to team up with the experts at Chicco to shed some light on it!
With your help (I asked for your car seat questions on social media, thanks for sharing!), we sent in some questions that so many parents face. Below are some great answers from Chicco’s Child Passenger Safety Advocate, Courtney Barry, that can help us all in the area of car seat safety! And for more on this important topic, head over to Chicco’s car seat safety site.
Car seats expire for a few different, equally important reasons. First, over time, car seat technology improves and safety standards change. Additionally, materials used in car seats wear down with extended use, which could compromise safety features down the road. It’s also important to note that car seat manufacturers stop safety testing seats after a certain period of time, meaning that past expiration, manufacturers cannot guarantee how a car seat will perform in an accident.
What is the best way to clean straps or anything you can’t put in the washer?
The best way to clean car seat straps and other non-removable pieces is with mild soap and water. To simplify the process, Chicco’s line of Zip car seats – including the newest introductions, the KeyFit 30 Zip Air Infant Car Seat, NextFit Zip Air Convertible Car Seat and KidFit Zip Air Booster – have easy to remove zip-off features, such as a removable seat pad, that make clean-up a breeze.
What’s the best age, or height/weight, to change from an infant car seat?
You may transition your child to a convertible car seat that allows them to remain rear-facing until at least two years old at any time, but must make the switch from an infant car seat to a convertible car seat when your child outgrows either the height or weight guidelines for their infant car seat.
What is the best and most reliable resource to read reviews before purchasing a car seat?
Talking to your pediatrician, fellow parents, researching product reviews on the top-rated car seats on the market are all good resources to help narrow down your car seat search, but in the end it is most important to find a seat that fits your vehicle, fits your child and that you can install correctly every time. One way you can evaluate this is by testing car seats before you purchase. Most retailers will allow you to try several models in your car before you buy.
What’s the most important factor for switching to a forward-facing seat?
The most important factor for switching to a forward-facing seat is that your child has reached the height or weight limits in his/her rear-facing car seat. Your child should be kept rear-facing in their car seat until at least 2 years old. Are your kid’s feet touching the seat back? Do they look a little cramped? That’s okay. Kids are a lot more flexible than adults. Kids need to stay rear-facing for as long as possible to protect their head and neck in the event of a crash. Kids are fragile, and they are best protected rear-facing, even if that means they have a little less leg room.
Are convertible car seats just as safe for infants as an infant car seat?
As long as your convertible car seat is being used in rear-facing mode as instructed and is installed correctly, your infant is protected in a convertible car seat. As a reminder, it’s recommended that child passengers be kept rear-facing until two years of age, whether that is in an infant car seat or convertible car seat.
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