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CAR SEAT SAFETY GUIDE FOR TODDLERS

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According to the NHTSA report published in 2015, the car seat misuse rate is 46%. and this rate varies according to car seat types. When it comes to car seats, looking at safety from just one angle would be one of the worst decisions for parents. Having the most expensive, safest car seat for your baby does not mean that you have taken all the safety precautions and there is nothing left to do. at this point we have prepared some simple and effective checklists by type below  for safety that will help you, parents

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Rear Facing Checklist

Reading manual instructions

Always refer to the child safety seat instructions and vehicle manufacturer’s instructions for weight limits, proper use and installation.

Correct recline angle

Rear-facing infant seat is positioned at an appropriate angle. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the correct angle for your child’s infant seat to help ensure unobstructed breathing. Some infant seats can be installed without the base. However, there are some infant seats that cannot be installed without the base. Therefore, you should always check the owner’s manual to be sure.

Harness Clip and Straps

  • Fasten harness chest clip

Harness chest clip should be fastened at the middle of the chest and level with the armpits.

  • Straps must be snug, straight and flat

Adjust harness straps so that they are snug, straight and flat and are positioned at, or below, the shoulders.

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  • Do not allow harness clip slip

Harness chest clip should be at the middle of the chest and level with the armpits.

  • Harness clip level to armpits

Harness chest clip is positioned at the middle of the chest and is level with the armpits. This keeps the shoulder straps in the correct position.

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Take wraps off

Remove bulky clothing or blankets before placing the child in the restraint system. Never place blankets underneath or behind the child, or inside the harness system.

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Seats in correct size

It must fit tightly into your vehicle and not move more than 1 inch from side to side and front to back at the belt path. The back seat is the best place for the child safety seat.

Seat facing position change

All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

Seat Belt Path

Place seat belt in the correct belt path according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Forward Facing Checklist

Timing for conversion

 

ALL CHILDREN 2 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, OR THOSE YOUNGER THAN 2 YEARS OF AGE WHO HAVE OUTGROWN THE REAR -FACING WEIGHT OR HEIGHT LIMIT FOR THEIR SAFETY SEAT , SHOULD USE A FORWARD-FACING SAFETY SEAT WITH A HARNESS FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE , UP TO THE HIGHEST WEIGHT OR HEIGHT ALLOWED BY THEIR SAFETY SEAT ’S MANUFACTURER .

 
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Harness Clip and Straps

  • Fasten harness chest clip

Harness chest clip should be fastened at the middle of the chest and level with the armpits.

  • Straps must be snug, straight and flat

Adjust harness straps so that they are snug, straight and flat and are positioned at, or below, the shoulders.

  • Straps Position

Harness chest clip is positioned at the middle of the chest and is level with the armpits. This keeps the shoulder straps in the correct position.

  • Take wraps off

Remove bulky clothing or blankets before placing the child in the restraint system. Never place blankets underneath or behind the child, or inside the harness system.

  • Do not use with internal harness system

Internal harness system should be removed from combination seats and the restraint should be used as a belt-positioning booster with the vehicle lap/shoulder belt.

Always restrain

Restraining is always one of the most important security elements. No matter what your system is called, (rear-facing, forward-facing, combination, convertible…) It is actually a child restraint system with the most accepted general definition. And neither your baby nor you will be safe unless there is a restraining system that will keep you as stable as possible against impacts.

Combination seats must be always forward facing

Combination car seats can be used in three ways according to your child development. As Forward-facing, as highback booster or as backless booster. You should be aware of that the harness slots will be higher than regular rear-facing or convertible models. therefore, they can’t and should not be used rear-facing mode.

Seats in correct size

If your shoe is less than your original foot size, It will pinch your foot. Just like in the case of shoes, smaller or larger sizes than they should be, they create major problems in terms of comfort and safety in child restraining systems.

Booster Seats Checklist

Always restrain

It is impossible for us to be truly safe without restraining in the moving vehicle. This is true for our children, no matter how old they are. There are two types of restraining for a child of age using booster. if a highback booster is used (for a child weighing 20 to 40 pounds), harness system, lap and shoulder belts for the kids who use belt positioning booster (40 pounds and beyond)

Correct use of belts

The use of lap and shoulder belts together is very important at this point. Situations where only one is used will not provide adequate safety for children. The elements we mentioned in other types of car seats, such as properly fitting the belts and controlling them after buckling them up, and not dressing your children with puffy clothes which prevent the belts from being tightened sufficiently, are valid in this case of booster seats as well.

Lap/Shoulder Belts

Just as we mentioned above, using only lap or only shoulder belt will not provide sufficient safety for children in booster seat age. The combination of two types of belts is vital in this sense.

Hard objects, Toys

Hard objects and toys can be both extra damage during impact and anti-tightening factors between your child and the belts. Therefore, keeping them away from your children, especially while in the vehicle, will prevent the emergence of great dangers.

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HOW TO CHOOSE MOST COMFORTABLE TODDLER CAR SEAT?

The overall image of comfort can actually give you an average idea. But two criterias should be considered when choosing the most comfortable seat: the comfort of the seat for your child and the comfort for you …

For your child’s comfort,

  • Breathable soft seating and back pads
  • Necessary support for head and pillows soft enough
  • Seat installed at the right angle
  • Effortless use for the right angle
  • Use of non-allergenic fabric
  • Having a seat that fits exactly to your car
  • Belt and harness systems have pads that will not degenerate your child’s skin
  • It is neither too narrow nor too wide, and it adapts to your child’s measurements
  • Apart from all this, your child’s own preference

In addition to the standard features, you can consider when purchasing the product to plus features such as cups or compartments where food can be placed or an extra extension panel for your child’s growing leg length.

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For you, it’s all about “feeling comfortable” and,

  • Easy installation,
  • Light weight of the seat, easy to carry
  • Ease of washing and cleaning

One of our favorite products in terms of convenience is the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat. Most of the users mentioned the particular convenience of the product.
Being a budget-friendly and convertible model is also an advantage … Even users who are not satisfied with other features cannot deny how comfortable the seat is.

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WHERE SHOULD TODDLER CAR SEAT BE PLACED?

In a crash at just 50km/h, a child not wearing a seatbelt or using a child car seat would be thrown forward with a force 30 to 60 times their body weight. Even if you have the right car seat, it has to be installed correctly to protect your child. Test the seat once you install it. It should not move more than 1 inch side to side and back to front when grabbed where the seatbelt goes through the car seat (seat belt path). The shape of car seats, the length of seatbelts and the position of seatbelt anchor points are different in different cars. So, not all child seats fit all cars. For instance,the seatbelt in a particular car may be too short to go around a particular child seat. Make sure you check that the child seat you buy will fit in your car and that it will fit in all the seat positions you intend to use it (for example, the back passenger side,the third row in people carrier, and so on). The manufacturer’s instructions should help you fit the child car seat. However, when you buy it, it is always best to have it fitted by an expert, and to be shown how to fit it correctly yourself.

 
  • The back seat is safer.
  • The middle position is safest.
  • Use either the vehicle seat belt or the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system to secure the seat tightly. To use the LATCH system, the vehicle must have lower anchors.
  • A car seat is installed with either a vehicle seat belt or lower anchors. You only need to use one.
  • Lower anchors are attached to a car seat. They can be used instead of seat belts to install car seats. To use lower anchors, the vehicle must have anchor connectors. All vehicles model year 2002 and later are required to have anchor connectors.
 
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  • Read your vehicle owner’s manual to learn how to install a car seat in your vehicle. It explains how to lock your seat belts and find the lower anchor connectors.
  • Never install a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag. The force of an airbag hitting the back of a rear-facing car seat can seriously injure or kill a child.
  • Car seats that can be used rear-facing and forward-facing have different seat belt paths for each direction. It’s important to use the correct belt path labeled on the seat or in the manufacturer’s guide.
  • A tether is a strap that is attached to the top of your car seat. It has a hook on one end that connects to a tether anchor in your vehicle.
  • A tether holds the back of a forward-facing car seat against the vehicle seat. It can decrease the distance your child’s head moves forward in a crash by as much as 4–6 inches.
  • Tethers are only used with forward-facing car seats, not rear-facing car seats.

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PLACING CAR SEATS IF YOU HAVE MORE CHILDREN?

There is a couple answers to that. But the most important is should be: Put the most vulnerable, ie. youngest child, in the center. This answer is valid for the situation That you have 2 or more children.

IF YOU HAVE 2 CHILDREN?

Of course this option is arguable in some conditions. If you have 2 child, there will be 2 seats next to each other(most vulnerable one is in the center). That means you need to have 2 seats be fitted next to each other. Otherwise, Choose both outside seats to install seats if they don’t fit. Placing the second seat can be change the behaviours of your children to each other.

Also, the driver seat is at the traffic-side. Because of this, choosing the seat behind passenger seat for 2nd car seat installation is the wise choice. If you chose to install the infant seat next to a door, clear the area between the infant seat and the door of all objects. Toys, blankets, and even pillows could harm your baby if the side air bag inflates.

IF YOU HAVE 3 CHILDREN?

The comfort and the safety are all depend on sizes of car seats if you have 3 kids or more. Normally, it means you will need 3 seats if you have 3 children.

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General family vehicle construction have 3 back seats behind driver seats. So, you will end up facing the costs of  3 car seats side by side on the back seats. Logically, in this case you will need to find a good fit. That is to say, all 3 car seats should fit each other to be correctly installed. Whole plan will fail If seats prevent each other from correct installation.

So, logical choice should be (depends on the car size) narrow profile seats or the full combination solutions like multi-car seats  seems like a real solution. They have a good solution for 4 children as well. After finding correct fitted seats, same sitting plan that we mentioned above can be applicable.

First, the most vulnerable kid will be in the center seat. Then, your 2nd most vulnerable kid will be at back behind the passenger seat(rear or forward faced, depends on age and size). And most grown up one will be at the back behind the driver’s seat.

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WHAT IS THE SAFEST CAR SEAT FOR 2 YEARS OLD?

Each child restraint device is manufactured to accommodate children within specified weight and height guidelines.If your child doesn’t fall within the recommended ranges for your particular seat, she or he may not receive the greatest possible safety benefits from that seat. Knowing your child’s exact weight and height, and checking the instruction booklet, will help you to be sure the seat fits the child. There are different types of rear-facing car seats. Rear-facing-only car seats have carrying handles and usually have detachable bases. Most are for children who weigh up to 30-35 pounds. A few are available for children who weigh up to 22 pounds.

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Convertible and all-in-one car seats change from rear-facing to forward-facing car seats. Most rear-face for children who weigh up to 40 pounds. Seat like Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 Convertible  is an highly advicable choice in this manner.

Keep your child rear-facing until your child outgrows the rear-facing height or weight limits of the car seat. Best convertible toddler car seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.

** It’s okay if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat. It may look uncomfortable to us, but a child’s legs bend easily, and leg injuries are rare. 

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WHAT IS THE SAFEST CAR SEAT

FOR 3 YEARS OLD?

Once a child has outgrown a rear-facing car seat, they should move into a forward-facing car seat and continue using the harness straps until they reach the manufacturer’s height or weight limit. In this case, move your child to a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness when your child outgrows their rear-facing car seat. A 5-point harness has straps over both shoulders, both hips, and between the legs. So it protects a child better than a booster seat.

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat and continue using the harness straps until your child reaches the manufacturer’s height and weight limits. This usually happens when a child is between the ages of 3 and 7, depending on their height and weight. A good example and our advice is Safety 1st’s  Grow and Go 3-in-1 This convertible type of car seat will be very valuable when your child ready to change his position on the car seat. When your child outgrows their forward-facing car seat, move them into a booster seat. Height and weight of your child is the key for changing between seat types. In this manner, move your child to the right seat whenever his height and weight meets the required limits for the seat.

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HOW TO INSTALL TODDLER CAR SEAT?

We are now familiar that car seat type and form changes in time. Please go here and learn about types if you started to read article from this point. Yes, there are phases and types so, installing the car seats must be different than each other, right? Absolutely true. In this chapter we will try to cover installation for different types. So that you can learn and install the seat yourself. However, there are some guys who are able to help you around this point as well…A certified child passenger safety technician can help you determine if your car seat is safe for your child and how to install it.

Installing the Car Seat (GENERAL RULES):

  • Read the car seat instruction manual and the portion of your vehicle’s owner’s manual on car seat installation. Every car seat needs to be installed using either the lower anchors of the LATCH system or the seat belt to secure it in place. If you choose to use a seat belt to install your car seat, pay close attention to how to lock your seat belt in the vehicle owner’s manual. Because every car seat and vehicle is different, it’s important to follow all instructions carefully.

  • Place the car seat in the back seat of your vehicle and follow the manufacturer’s installation directions.

  • The car seat must be secured tightly in the vehicle. It should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path.

  • If it is a forward-facing seat and has a top tether strap, connect it to the tether anchor and tighten. This step is very important as it limits forward head movement in a crash.

  • If it is a rear-facing seat, make sure the car seat is installed at the correct recline angle. Most car seats have built in angle indicators or adjustors that help with this step.

Fitting Your Child Correctly in the Car Seat:

1 – Properly position the harness on your child.

          • Rear-facing – Harness straps should lie flat, not twisted, and be placed through the slot that is at or below your child’s shoulders.
          • Forward-facing – Harness straps should lie flat, not twisted, and be placed through the slot that is at or aboveyour child’s shoulders.

2 – Buckle the harness and the chest clip and tighten. The harness is snug enough when extra material cannot be pinched at the shoulder.

3 – Make sure the chest clip is at armpit level.

How to install rear-facing car seat

How to install forward-facing car seat

How to install booster car seat

Conclusion

You may not remember all of the issues we wrote above that you should be aware of. Maybe, at least, we think we can give you an idea of ​​how to think when it comes to your baby, car seats and safety. Especially in situations where vital importance exists, it is essential not to look at the problems from a single point of view.

For example, we did not mention that you need to check your tires before setting off, but this is indirectly related to the safety of your passengers, yourself and your baby. so please keep an eye on everything you can think of and get on the road safely.