It’s every parent’s worst fear: getting into a car accident with a little one in the back seat.
Today, we’re covering car seat safety tips and the best products for securing your toddler on the next family road trip from our trusted partners at Chicco.
Chicco’s goal has always been to be close to parents and babies with all their passion and expertise. Chicco also provides simple solutions to life with a baby. For more than 60 years in 120 countries, Chicco has been providing parents with children’s clothing, toys, and other products loved by all.
Below are some of Chicco’s top car seat safety tips to keep car rides safe:
1. When the right time is to buy an infant car seat?
It’s best to have your infant car seat on-hand at least a month before your due date. That way you’ll have plenty of time to have a professional teach you to install it correctly.
2. Where the safest place is when installing a car seat in your vehicle?
In most instances, the middle rear seat is the safest place for your car seat. However, there are multiple factors to consider; the most important being a seat location that allows you to install your car seat correctly and works best for your family. See the recommendation from NHTSA.gov.
3. When your child should transition to a booster seat?
Even when your child fits the height and weight guidelines to use a seat belt instead of a full harness with their booster seat, that doesn’t mean they should. Maturity matters – most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. You know your child best, so don’t make the switch until you’re confident your growing child will sit still and safely without a full harness.
4. The Inch Test.
To ensure your car seat installation is secure, do the “inch test” by giving the car seat/base a tug forward and from side to side. If it moves more than one inch in any direction, uninstall and start over.
5. Buckling your child in a car seat.
One of our favorite products from Chicco is Fit4 Car Seat. The Chicco Fit4™ 4-In-1 Convertible Car Seat, designed to deliver premier child fit and comfort at each unique stage, makes it easy to correctly secure your child from birth through big kid booster. Trusted, easy-to-use installation and safety features unique to Chicco combine with an innovative 4-Stage FitKit™ System, for ultimate convenience and peace of mind as your baby grows to age ten.
Check out this introductory video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=TklJ4DS4MEY&feature=emb_title
Similar to the Fit4, the Fit2 Car Seat is another trustworthy product designed to keep smaller ones safe. The Fit2 is a first-of-its-kind rear-facing car seat designed with two unique positions to accommodate infants and toddlers, making it easy to stay rear-facing for the first two years. A built in stage-position lever lifts easily to convert the car seat base from Stage 1 to Stage 2 with one motion, creating extended leg room and more upright, spacious seating for growing toddlers. Check out this featured video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZYT6nx4e6o&feature=emb_title
We hope you learned some important information on how to keep your baby or toddler safe in the car. Check out Chicco’s website to explore more products to make life as a new parent so much easier!