Child Car Seat Rules That Are Mostly Ignored

We’re coming up on the second birthday of the twins in just over a month, which means the hubby and I have been talking a lot about car seats these days. Their current car seats are suited to grow with them until they’re practically in Kindergarten, but we’ve still got them rear-facing as far as position. My original plan was to turn them around after their second birthday, but now, I think I may have watched one too many crash test videos. At this point, I NEVER want to turn them around! The thought scares me!

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So, in my quest to find every excuse in the book to NOT turn them around (at least until they need to get their learner’s permits…HA!) I’ve unearthed quite a bit of important information that needs to be shared. In lieu of that, keep the following in mind:

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The car seat should be an essential piece of equipment if you have a baby or young child. But only if it is fitted correctlyUnfortunately this is not always the case. A recent survey suggests that as many as 1 in 3 car seats are not fitted correctly; leaving your child vulnerable if you have an accident.

The issue is often that it seems so easy to fit a car seat; people don’t ask for help as they don’t think they need it.

The law also states that you need an approved car seat and that you must fasten your child into it every time you take a trip out. However, many parents are ignoring the rules despite the fact that it could have disastrous consequences.

Here are the most commonly ignored rules:

Rear Facing

Your baby should be in a rear facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old or weigh 40 pounds. This is for their safety. But the reality is most parents spin the seat round in order to keep a better eye on their child. It is this that can actually harm your child if you have an accident.

The Right Seat

Get yourself a convertible seat to help ensure your child is the right size for the seat. It is important to follow the guidelines on the seat. For example, when using a booster seat your child should have the seatbelt resting on their shoulder and across their lap. If it is across the neck then your child may be seriously injured in a crash.

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Sitting in the Front

Most adults allow their child to sit in the front of the car by the time they are 10 years old. However the official recommendation is that children stay in the back until they are 13 years old. Most states have a law that depends on the height of the child; meaning that you may be legally compliant but are still putting your child at risk.

The majority of bone growth occurs before a child is 13. A front seat crash places different stresses on the body and could cause an array of issues that a rear seat crash would not; even if your child is properly fastened in.

Not Wearing A Belt

When you’re just popping up to the shops and your child begs for the thrill of not wearing a belt, it is easy to give in. After all, you may remember the days when you didn’t even have seatbelts in the back of the car.

However it is illegal to travel without a belt on and could be fatal to your child if you crash.

Of course, you probably think it won’t happen to you, but it could!

Child seat rules are there to help protect your child in an accident. Complying with them could not only save their life but also give you peace of mind that you did everything you could keep them safe!

Do you still have littles in a car seat? Have YOU broken any of the rules?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

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