Category: Car Seat Safety

One Car Seat to Last You From Newborn to Seat Belt

As many of you know, car seat safety is an important topic for me. Car seats have come a long way since they were first introduced and because of them, children are now safer while riding around town. However, it’s not just about picking a car seat and strapping your child in, there are lots of rules to car seats and not all car seats are created equal. One of my favorite car seat companies is Diono. I’ve gone through quite a few car seats with my kids but Diono car seats are definitely our favorite. A few years...

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Mistakes You Might Be Makings With Car Seats

During the month of September, there is Child Passenger Safety week. Car seat safety is one of the areas that I’m passionate about. It’s one topic that I will get up on my soapbox and talk about. It’s the one area where I feel like it’s important to talk to my friends about after they post a picture of their baby buckled incorrectly. Yes, I know nobody likes unsolicited advice and that’s why I won’t bother instructing my friends and family about how they shouldn’t feed their baby grains or shouldn’t use fragrances. Those things are trivial and more...

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Crash Course: Installing a Car Seat Properly

Did you know that 3 out of 4 car seats are installed improperly? That is a lot of unsafe car seats! Now it seems logical, at least to me, that if you can thoroughly read your car seat’s manual then you can install a car seat properly. However, that is apparently not the case or maybe people just don’t take the time to read the manual. I guess I can see that…put car seat in car, strap in, and go…. ummm no! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, you can have the world’s best car seat,...

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The Benefits of Extended Rear Facing

Extended Rear Facing might seem like the newest trend in the parenting world but it’s hardly a fad. More and more parents are keeping their children rear facing for longer than the 1 year and 20 lb minimum and some are even going past the 2 year AAP recommendation. Why? Because the benefits of extended rear facing are many! I’ve mentioned it before that the current car seat law states that kids need to be rear facing until 1 years old AND 20 lbs (note: it is not 1 year or 20 lbs…it’s AND). This is the law, it...

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Why I Am Car Seat Crazy

My name is Brittany and I am car seat crazy. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m a “car seat nazi”… I don’t go hunting down moms in parking lots and lecturing them about how they aren’t properly buckling their kids. However, I do speak up to friends and family if I see something amiss. Nobody likes unsolicited advice, which is why I avoid the strangers but I figure with my friends and family, I might be the only one who would let them know if they are making a car seat mistake. Now of course, my...

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When to Change Car Seats and Positions

As I mentioned before, it’s just as important to use the proper car seat as it would be to buy the best car seat on the market. You can have the world’s best seat but if your child is too big for it or in the wrong position then the car seat will be worthless. Today we are going to talk about when you need to upgrade car seats (such as a convertible to a booster) and when to change positions (such as rear facing to forward facing) When to Change Car Seats   Only upgrade car seats when...

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How to Properly Buckle a Car Seat

 Making sure your child is properly buckled in their car seat is just as important as buying a good car seat. You could have the world’s best car seat but if your child isn’t buckled properly then it’s just not going to help them stay safe. Once upon a time I was just like everyone else; I figured that as long as I snapped together that 5-point harness then my baby was safe and secure. It seems logical to think that buckling a car seat should be just as simple as buckling an adult seat belt; snap in and...

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