Avoid These Baby Seat Mistakes

Avoid These Baby Seat Mistakes

September is National Baby Safety Month. Be sure you strap your child in safely with these tips. 

As a parent, you plug up all the electrical outlets, lock up the bleach, and put safety latches on all cupboards, you may be overlooking one important element: car seat safety. Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children in the U.S.? While car accidents can be devastating, children’s car seats are designed to protect him or her so that the chance of injury is reduced. If you are installing the baby seat incorrectly, no matter how unintentionally, you could be spelling trouble for your child. Here are a few mistakes to know – and avoid.

Mistake #1: Installing the seat incorrectly.

Make sure the car seat won’t budge more than an inch from side to side or front to back. Check that the straps of the harness are snug against the baby’s body when she’s strapped in. The pinch test is also recommended: if there’s enough slack that you can wrinkle a bit of strap between your fingers, it’s not tight enough. Don’t forget to lock in the tether strap when the car seat is forward-facing.

Mistake #2: Forgetting to check the angles.

It’s critical that rear-facing car seats recline at a 45-degree angle, especially with newborns. If the car seat isn’t reclined according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it’s a red flag that it’s not installed properly. If the seat is too upright, the child’s head and neck could get injured. Make sure your child’s car seat comes equipped with a level indicator showing you an incline of 45 degrees.

Mistake #3: Not using the seat for short distances.

It’s easy to think that nothing major will happen when you’re just driving a few miles down the road. It’s even tempting not to strap your child into their car seat harness or booster seat. But, as you’ve probably heard, most fatal crashes happen close to home. The golden rule with car seats is that they are only effective when you use them. Every single time. It’s worth taking a few minutes to strap your child in safely before driving anywhere.

By knowing these mistakes, you can help to keep your baby safe. When you’re looking for quality insurance this September, contact the professionals at American Premier Insurance in Phoenix, Arizona. We can help you with all of your insurance needs.