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Keeping Kids Safe in The Car

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Graco Canada. I am a Generation Graco Ambassador. As always, opinions are all mine.

Being a mom is an important job. One of THE most important jobs one can have, actually. Making sure our kids are happy, healthy and safe is of the utmost importance – especially while in the car! I can’t tell you how many times I read stories of car accidents that involve kids not being in their car seats correctly, or not following guidelines for car seats so, in an accident, the kids don’t stand a chance. Not to mention if you find yourself in an accident, and you find yourself in a position where you are trying to find pre-settlement funding to help you out if you decide to go to court, it can make day to day life pretty difficult. Brutally honest, but it’s true. Being in a moving vehicle is one place where kids should always be safe. If you found yourself in a situation similar to this, it might be a good idea to work with a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer or someone similar to ensure that you get the legal aid you need to work towards the correct compensation for the case. However, who you go to for help depends greatly on where you are located. This is because laws change depending on what state you’re in so you would want a lawyer who knows the laws of your state like the back of your hand. You won’t want to go to a Las Vegas lawyer if you live in California, you would want to contact an oakland personal injury law firm because they would be closer to you and would have more knowledge on the local laws.

Incorrect installation of car seats is one of the biggest topics of discussion for parents that I see on social media. Did you know the chest clip of a car seat should be at armpit level at all times? I can’t tell you how many times I see photos of kids in a car seat and the chest clip is right above their belly button, or many inches away from the chest. And, while I don’t like to judge other parents this is something I will usually comment on because children’s safety is – in my opinion – everyone’s business. Most times people are grateful for the advice because they honestly don’t know. So, as long as you use your words kindly when discussing car seat safety online, then it’s all good.

Today, I’m going to share some tips with you on how you can ensure your little ones are safe in the car! These are tips I learned from Transport Canada.

We recently moved to a whole new city! It was a great time for us to try out the new car seat we received from Graco, and it made me really stop and think of some tips I’d like to share to help make everyone’s car trips be much safer.

My Top 5 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe In The Car

  1. Make sure your car seat is installed correctly: You’d be surprised by how many people don’t realize their seats aren’t installed properly. To ensure correct installation of your child’s car seat, head to your local fire station, or do some research on car seat clinics in your area. These types of clinics are free, and the experts on-site will help you install your car seat correctly. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions if you are unsure about the installation process!
  2. Chest Clip is meant for exactly that – a clip at the chest: Always keep the chest clip at armpit level. In case of an accident, the chest clip at armpit level will not only protect the rib cage – saving some serious potential for internal injury – but it’s a lot more comfortable for the little one, too.
  3. No Sippy Cups, Bottles or Foreign objects in the car: Keeping your car free of these items also minimizes the risk of injury. I know a lot of parents have seen photos going around online of what can happen in an accident when these foreign objects are loose in the car -it can be very dangerous and in some cases fatal.
  4. Re-check your seats often: Over time, your seat belt may become loose, so it’s important to re-check them frequently to ensure your precious cargo is safely secured.
  5. Keep your child rear facing longer: Transport Canada says a rear-facing car seat will support your baby’s neck in a sudden stop or crash. Check your local laws to learn more about how long your child should remain rear-facing. I keep my kids rear-facing until they are at least 4 or 5 – I know it seems long, but it’s much safer! These are things that you should be aware of, you never know when you might get into a car accident. You might have even experienced a car accident recently, if this is the case then it might be a good idea to get yourself a lawyer if the accident wasn’t your fault. Why not take a
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Did you know: Transport Canada’s installation guide for Rear-Facing Car Seats says children are safest in rear-facing car seats as long as the child is still below height and weight limits of their car seat, even if the child’s legs touch the back of the seat and the child weighs more than 10 kg or 22 lb. The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat features a 4-position extension panel that provides 5″ of extra legroom, allowing your child to ride safely rear-facing longer. Parents can feel confident that this car seat provides added comfort and, most importantly, enhanced safety for all the car rides ahead.

What could you add to this list? What other ways do you make sure your little ones are safe in the car?