Infant Car Seat Safety




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Infant Car Seat Safety


How can I make sure my baby is safe in the car? Every time your child is in a car, he or she needs to be in a car or safety seat. This is a State law.
The car seat should face the back of the vehicle. The car seat should be in the middle of the back seat. Use the car’s safety belt or LATCH system to lock the car seat into the car. Your car seat should not move more than one inch side to side. Grab the car seat at the safety belt path or LATCH path to test it.
Step by step:

  • Place the baby in the safety seat buttocks first. Rest the baby’s back against the car seat back. Your baby’s head should stay in contact with the seat. Your baby’s airway should stay open.

  • Place the straps over the baby, coming together at the buckle. One leg is on each side of the crotch strap with the harness across the baby’s hips or thighs. Each arm is outside the shoulder strap, not under it.

  • Be sure that some soft fabric (the baby’s collar or a short, thin strap cover) is between the harness and the baby’s neck to avoid rubbing the baby’s neck.

  • Tighten each strap part of the way. Now make the harness “snug,” so that there is no slack near the shoulder.

  • Slide the shoulder harness retainer clip up so the top is at armpit level.

  • There should be nothing added under the baby. Blankets can go over the harnessed baby.


Safety Tips:

  • Car seats always go in the backseat of the vehicle facing backwards until the baby is a one year old.

  • If you do not know the car seat's history, do not use it. It may be damaged. It may be too old to be safe. It may be a car seat that has been recalled. Do not use the car seat unless you know its history.

  • Does your vehicle have side airbags? If it has side airbags, do not place the car seat near the door but in the middle of the backseat of your vehicle.

  • Unless your truck has a back seat, you may want to consider trading for a car now that you have a baby.

  • A car seat is designed to protect your child during travel. It is not for use as a replacement crib in your home. Once in the home, take your baby out of the car seat.

  • Do not try to make your baby sit straight up. Recline the car seat according to the manufacturer's instructions so that your newborn's head doesn't flop forward. Many seats include angle indicators.

  • Do not move to a booster seat too soon.


How long does my baby have to face backwards? Keep your baby
rear-facing until at least age 1 and 20 pounds.

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