Safety Matters

As we prepare to hit the road for summer travel, I wanted to share a few safety tips from Safety 1st. Car Safety is priority for everyone and Safety 1st is constantly making certain that their travel seats not only meet the government standards but mommy standards.  This is probably one of the busier travel weekends of the year and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly. Here are some easy tips to think about before hitting the road.

 The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.

 The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

 Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.


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 It may seem like common sense but never, leave a child alone in the car.  Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 30 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle.  You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it here.




Safeguard the Car

Just as important as safe guarding your home, don’t forget about the car. Especially on long road trips. It’s important to eliminate projectiles, anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile. That could be a child’s toy, wet nap container, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

 Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.

Car Seats Expire

Car seats expire. Especially if you get a hand-me-down car seat you should always check the expiration date to confirm the seat is safe for your child. You can find the expiration date on the back or the side of the car seat.  Also, another very important tip – once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray.  To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.

Need a Car Seat?  The neighborhood has teamed up with Safety 1st to offer the Grow and Go.  The Grow and Go will be the first and last car seat parents and caregivers will need, making it simple to keep your little one safe in the backseat. In addition, the seat features side impact protection, a no rethread harness, buckle holders, two cup holders and an easily removable seat cover. The Grow and Go is exclusively available for $169.99 at Babies ‘R’ Us but you can enter to win one below.

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  1. Piper wrote:

    Bring lots of wipes!

    Posted 7.6.15
  2. Stephanie wrote:

    Never knew car seats expire! Great post!

    Posted 7.7.15
  3. All great tips for car seat safety and car safety! Stopping by from MBC hop on FB. Have a great week and thanks for the tips!

    Posted 7.7.15
  4. Mylah wrote:

    My favorite tip for traveling with a child is to do things safely! By this I mean, pull over before attempting to reach into the back seat to wipe a nose, pick up a toy, or find a lost pacifier. It’s not worth crashing! Let the tears roll until you can pull over safely and take care of the child.

    Posted 7.7.15
  5. Chardae wrote:

    Earlier this year when I told my mom I was expecting, she brought home a used car seat from a coworker that looked like it was from’92. #1 – Ewwwww! #2 – I had to explain to her that car seats expire. She had no idea. She wasn’t planning to use the nasty one but she was all about finding a used on Craigslist. I also had to let her know that if it’s been in an accident it needs to be replaced. #BLMGirls

    Posted 7.8.15
  6. Brittany wrote:

    Hey #BLM sister! Showing you some love and crossing my fingers for that car seat. I’m expecting another babe this Fall and that seat would be perfect. Thanks for the fabulous tips, too!

    Posted 7.8.15
  7. snacks!!! Definitely a favorite tip. Make sure there are plenty of snacks.

    Posted 7.8.15
  8. Rashida wrote:

    I’m a mom-to-be but I’m sure my traveling arsenal will include extras of EVERYTHING as a FTM lol

    Posted 7.8.15

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