Land travel is one of the best ways to bond with the family. However, it can also be very dangerous especially for little kids. That is the reason why car seats were made – to ensure the protection of a child when on the road and in transit. As much as possible, you want to get your hands on the best car seat for your child.
Truth be told, choosing the best booster car seat isn’t easy since there are so many to choose from. However, you need to keep in mind that not all car seats are the same. Hence, you need to be thorough when buying one and make sure it is tested before letting your child use it. Moreover, it’s important that you, as the parent, know how to install a car seat properly and how to strap your kid down the right way.
Here are common car seat mistakes parents unknowingly commit that could put the child’s safety at risk:
Being too complacent
Always check if the car seat you’re installing in your car has the following qualities:
- Instructions and a label that shows when it was manufactured, as well as the model number
- Has not been recalled
- Is not older than six years
- No damage whatsoever and there are no missing parts
- Has never gone through any sort of car crash.
Here’s a crucial tip: if the car seat is a hand-me-down, you might as well not use it.
Wrong place, wrong time
Another mistake that parents make is putting the car seat in the wrong place. It’s a given that you’ll put the car seat at the back. However, you need to place it away from active air bags. Otherwise, you risk putting your child in danger of a fatal head injury when the air bag inflates and it hits the back of a rear-facing car seat.
Car seats are not replacements for cribs
Car seats are used to protect kids when travelling. Studies have shown that making an infant or child sit upright for long periods can compress his chest. This can lower the levels of oxygen getting into the child and result in mild airway obstruction, which is damaging to the development of the child. A flat spot may also develop at the back of the child’s head, which can make gastroesophageal reflux worse. It can also be fatal if the kid falls out of the car seat.
Buckling in a child incorrectly
Buckling a child into a car seat is not as easy as it seems and it can be very tricky. Before installing the car seat, be sure that you have read and familiarized the instructions. It is vital that the car sear is secured very tightly, not allowing any kind of movement to the sides, front, and back when you grasp its bottom close to the attachment points. Make sure that the car seat faces the correct direction.
These are common car seat child safety mistakes that a lot of parents do not even know they are doing. Following instructions is important and the instructions in the manual must always be followed to avoid these mistakes.