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September Is Baby Safety Month-Let’s Talk About Car Seat Safety!

*I was gifted a car seat in partnership with Chicco and Baby Safety Month. As always, all opinions are strictly my own.

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored by the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufaturers Association) every year. This year, the JPMA is focusing on the proper use of straps on all juvenile products. Since falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S., it is so important to always use harnesses, straps and buckles for your child’s safety.

The best way to prevent injury is to look, listen and stay close to your child. Whether you are practicing safety tips in the car, on the go, at mealtime or at home, use them every time to ensure your child is safe.

I would say that car seat safety is area that I struggle in the most. there are so many rules and safety tips to follow (by height, weight, age, etc)….how am I supposed to remember all of it? Before you install, you will need both your car and your carseat’s owners manuals available.

First things first…determine if you are using the LATCH method (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) or the seat belt. In most cases, you can only use the LATCH if the combined weight of your child and the car seat are below 75 pounds. LATCH usage is also only allowed in designated seating positions in your vehicle, which often does not include the center back seat.

When installing with the seat belt, you will always need to lock the seatbelt by pulling it all the way through the retractor to ensure that it will keep the car seat in place. Either way, make sure to route the seat belt or LATCH straps through the correct belt paths on the car seat, as most convertible car seats that can be used in both the rear and front facing positions will have different belt paths depending on how the seat is being used.

For rear-facing: follow directions for the level indicator on the side of the car seat to endure it is installed in the proper angel. The correct level of recline helps promote an optimal airway opening for their wobbly heads.

For front-facing: most car seats require the use of the top tether for additional stability. Check to see that the car seat moves more than 1 inch in any direction. If it does, you need to tighten the belt.

Harness straps: ensure that they are not twisted and that the buckles are not sticky. When secured, the harness straps should be be tight enough that you can not pinch an inch of the material between your fingers, vertically. The chest clip should be at arm pit level.

The Chicco NextFit iX convertible car seat is an amazing carseat that was so easy to set up and install in my car.  It is suitable rear-facing for newborns from 5-40 pounds, and front-facing from 22-65 pounds. For someone that usually has troubles installing a carseat, I found this one to be very easy.

September Is Baby Safety Month-Let's Talk About Car Seat Safety!
Deluxe, Ultra-Soft Fabrics
September Is Baby Safety Month-Let's Talk About Car Seat Safety!
Easy-Pull Harness Tightener

Some of the key points that make this car seat one of the best out there: the ReclineSure® Leveling System, the RideRight® Bubble Levels, the SuperCinch®  LATCH tightener, and the LatchSure™ Belt Tightening System.

Nine headrest adjustments accommodate your growing child from newborn through preschool, and nine recline positions fit a wide range of vehicles.

September Is Baby Safety Month-Let's Talk About Car Seat Safety!
Car Seat Installation demo at the Chicago Baby Show

You can use this car seat to take your newborn home in. It comes with an infant insert that you use for your 5-11 pound baby. Take it out once your infant exceeds that weight. The NextFit iX comes complete with a steel reinforced frame with EPS energy-absorbing foam, and is side-impact tested for superior safety.

Another bonus….the car seat cover unzips for easy washing! We all know how much of a pain it is to remove car seat covers, right??

September Is Baby Safety Month-Let's Talk About Car Seat Safety!
9 height adjustability
September Is Baby Safety Month-Let's Talk About Car Seat Safety!
Removable Cup Insert and easy Zip fabric

 

Check out more great car seats and car seat safety tips from Chicco as well as all of the features that have been included to keep your child safe and comfortable on the road. And follow along with Baby Safety Zone as they deliver wonderful tips for keeping your child safe year round.

Is car seat safety an area that you struggle with? Find out more information on car seat installation and inspection from the National Highway Traffic Association.

 

September Is Baby Safety Month-Let's Talk About Car Seat Safety!

 

 

 

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