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I have had this post drafted for a few days and scheduled to post, but something happened today. Something happened that made me completely re-think Child Passenger Safety. This morning, my husband had to go in to work for a few hours. He works for a local city and he had to go in to check on a park after an event last night. While he was at work in the park, he noticed a car coming through the park at a high rate of speed. The car then hit a tree and a wall. The driver and passenger were unharmed and proceeded to drive off. It is likely that they were on drugs or drunk.
Thankfully, they were caught not too far from the area because of the damage on their car, but this rattled me to the core. What if they had hit my husband, who was standing a mere 30 feet from them? What if it had been later in the day and they had hit a mom with her young children or a mom pushing her newborn in a stroller? What if my son and I had been in the area to meet my husband for lunch and they had hit us? Anything can happen, folks. We hear it all the time. We see it on the news. My family has personally lived through several tragedies, including the loss of a close family member due to another driver’s poor decisions. These people are on the road every day. They may be the person in the car next to you texting, the man who left the bar after one too many drinks, the woman who was up all night and is too tired to drive, the person who continues to make poor decisions involving drugs. While we can’t take every dangerous driver off of the road, we can do our best to protect our children while they are passengers in the car with us. We can make sure they are properly restrained in the proper car seat.
Did you know that National Child Passenger Safety Week 2016 is this week-September 18-24? Car seat safety is such an important thing, but not something you really think about until you have a little one. When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started researching car seats. Car safety is a high priority to me; as it should be to every parent, grandparent, or anyone driving around with a child in the vehicle. I know that car accidents aren’t something that anyone wants to think or talk about, but as moms, we have to. We have to consider the ‘what ifs’ and be prepared for them as best as possible. Even if we are as safe as we can possibly be, not every other drive on the road is that way, so we have to protect our little ones.
We are currently in the process of transitioning our little one from his infant seat to a convertible seat. Let me tell you…there is a TON of information out there when it comes to car seats, especially convertible ones. While each car seat has to meet the national safety standards, not all car seats are the same. Since we travel a lot, we need a seat that is both safe and comfortable for our little man. When we started shopping for convertible seats, I had a lot of questions. Would it be comfortable? What if his legs touch the back of the seat? How long does he need to rear face?
After spending hours researching the answers to these questions, I ran across Chicco’s Car Seat Safety Guide. The information on their site has helped me so much! I have so much more peace of mind about our decisions when it comes to car seats after reading the information Chicco has made available when it comes to car seat safety. Not only does Chicco provide a wealth of information on their site regarding car seat safety, they have a wide variety of car seats available.
[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-normal-blue”]Did you know that National Child Passenger Safety Week this year is this week-September 18-24?[/Tweet]
Even if you aren’t actively shopping for a new car seat for your little one, you can still participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week. Continual awareness is key when it comes to child safety, especially child car seat safety.
Here are a few tips for continual car seat awareness:
Each time you put your child in their car seat, make sure the straps fit properly.
Check to make sure that the seat is still properly secured & installed.
Take a few minutes to make sure your little one is in the correct seat for their height/age/weight.
What is the most surprising fact you have learned about car seat safety?
[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-normal-blue”]Continual awareness is key when it comes to child safety, especially child car seat safety.[/Tweet]