Congrats on the new bundle of joy in your life or belly. Now how are you going to get that little baby home?
Car Seats are a big deal and should be a top priority in your planning research. Scary statistics show the number one cause of death of children under 12 are car accidents. I’ve done extensive research on the car seat world and am still learning new things daily. Both of my boys were extremely small when they were born, and neither came home in their intended car seat. Premature babies have to pass what is called the Infant Car Seat Challenge, (ICSC) in order to come home from the NICU. This test determines whether a baby is able to safely ride in the semi-reclined position of a car seat. “Because premature babies can have weaker airways than full-term infants, they are more susceptible to complications, such as interruption of breathing, slowed breathing, and decreased levels of oxygen in the blood.” Oli failed his so many times, the Neonatologist finally sent him home in a car bed. We actually had to use the car bed for him for 3 months until he reached 6 pounds and his oxygen levels were stable. Milo luckily was a little stronger and graduated to a car seat a little sooner.
Close to half of infant car seats are installed incorrectly, another scary statistic. That’s why I was relieved to read that the new Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX infant car seat was specifically designed to help eliminate the guesswork from the installation process. Installation is complete in just three easy steps, and hearing that obvious click sound is so comforting to new parents – it means your car seat is installed correctly! You should click on this link to my instagram video to hear the reassuring “when it clicks” moment for yourself.
The Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX Infant Car Seat has a simple 4 position, spring loaded adjustable recline and easy-to-read bubble level indicator that made it so easy to determine the proper recline for installation. Even better, this seat also incorporates features that provide more than just a peace of mind. Things like the Silent Shade Canopy, that easily adjusts to keep the sun out of your baby’s eyes and offers a little privacy during car rides and strolls. It’s totally silent when you adjust it. Another feature that I love? The fact that the handle can be adjusted with one hand. This makes it so easy to get the baby in and out of the seat. And would you like to hear my favorite feature of this car seat? It will fit your tiny 4 pound baby, or your big baby. It will fit infants from 4-35 pounds, rear facing. So when I have my next little baby, we are totally covered!
To learn more about the new SnugRide SnugLock infant car seat and to view other available models that may suit your needs, visit: www.GracoBaby.com/Snuglock
A Car Safety Rule Refresher – (because who doesn’t love a refresher?)
- Make sure your child rides in the backseat. The backseat is generally the safest place in a crash. If your vehicle has a passenger air bag, it’s essential for children 12 and under to ride in back.
- Make sure infants ride facing the rear until at least 2 years of age or until they have reached the maximum height and weight limits of their rear-facing car seats Always read your child restraint owner manual for instructions on properly using the restraint.
- Check to see that the safety belt holds the seat tightly in place. Put the belt through the correct slot. If your safety seat can be used facing either way, use the correct belt slots for each direction. The safety belt must stay tight when securing the safety seat.
- Make sure the harness is buckled snugly around your child. Keep the straps over your child’s shoulder. The harness should be adjusted so you can slip only one finger underneath the straps at your child’s chest. Place the chest clip at armpit level.
- Have children over 40 pounds use a booster seat. Keep your child in a safety seat with a full harness as long as possible, until he’s at least 40 pounds. Then use a belt-positioning booster seat, which helps the adult lap and shoulder belt fit better. A belt-positioning booster seat, used with the adult lap and shoulder belt, is preferred for children weighing 40 to 80 pounds.
- Check safety belt fit on older children. The child must be tall enough to sit without slouching, with knees bent at the edge of the seat, with feet on the floor. The lap belt must fit low and tight across the upper thighs. The shoulder belt should rest over the shoulder and across the chest. Never put the shoulder belt under the child’s arm or behind her back. The adult lap and shoulder belt system alone will not fit most children until they’re at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh about 80 pounds.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 888-327-4236
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