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How To Use A Car Seat Effectively

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

As a parent was most important things you can do is keep your child safe. The primary way that parents keep their children safe while traveling is the use of a car seat. The open market has a ton of car seats available. How do you choose the best one?

You should always select a seat based on the purpose that you intend to use it for. As children get older the type of seats that are available will change. Some children will be more comfortable in a booster seat, other children may still need to send a complete car seat. In order for the seat to work effectively you need to make sure that you follow all the guidelines are supplied with that seat.

Child safety seats are designed and tested to meet certain requirements. However, these requirements are only met if you follow the exact directions that the manufacturer supplies. Most newer cars actually come with a system to help ensure that your child safety seat is properly installed in your car (for instance, many cars have small bars in its back seat that will allow you to anchor the car seat to them). If you are unsure of how to properly install your car seat you can take it to your local police station or fire station.

It is very important to use a new car seat to keep your child safe.  While it may be tempting to accept a car seat from someone that you know, unless the car seat is new (wrapped in it in its original packaging) here should not take it.  When you buy a new car seat you have an expectation that the car seat with delivered in a condition that will allow you to use it to keep your child safe. However when you receive a used car seat, you do not know how the car seat has been used in the past or whether it will actually suit's your needs.

As children get older it is important to help them realize that they play a role in ensuring that they are safe in the car. You should help them understand how to properly fasten their seatbelt when they get into the car and the importance of not undoing their car seat. A fun way to incorporate child safety into your daily routine is to have a checklist before you move the car. This idea will work really with younger children. If you have children of multiple ages you can make the older children responsible for younger children (create your own buddy system). You could also set up a reward system to make sure that your children follow the safety in the car.

Sitting in a car seat does not have to be an unpleasant experience. There are many ways to make a car seat fun for a child such as: giving the child a specific toy to play with in the seat, giving the child a specific snack to eat in the seat, or making sure that the child has everything in close proximity to their seat.


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Comments

Nov 22, 2011 11:04pm
littjeter37
Very nice article i agree with you 100%!
Nov 23, 2011 12:57pm
AuroraWindsor
Thank you. Parents need to learn how to use a car seat effectively if they want to protect their children. I hope this article helped.
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