Safety First – Convertible Car Seat for your Toddler

Safety First – Convertible Car Seat for your Toddler

The number one concern for parents when traveling in the car with their toddler is safety. Safety first – convertible car seat is one of many options when purchasing a car seat for your child. Convertible car seats are the age and weight appropriate option for your toddler. The maximum weight recommended by the car seat manufacturer is the single most important safety guide for your toddler. Toddlers come in all shapes and sizes. The recommended weight guides that are provided by each car seat manufacturer should guide your car seat decisions.

Best Choice for your Toddlers Safety – Convertible Car Seatsafety first - convertible car seat

A convertible car seat will be the best choice for your toddlers’ safety. The weight and size of your infant will determine your child’s first car seat. Most convertible car seats start with a 5 lb. weight minimum and would be appropriate for most infants. All infants and toddlers need to utilize the rear-facing car seat position until they reach age 2 or a weight of 40lbs. The advantage of the convertible seat is that it requires only a simple change in the harness and installation for it to become a front facing car seat. Your toddler will utilize this front facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight recommended by the manufacturer for your car seat.

Safety First – Convertible Car Seat Common Mistakes

The Mayo Clinic has identified some common mistakes that parents make when installing and using their child’s car seat. You can read the complete article here. I will highlight those mistakes that apply to your toddler’s safety.

  1. Choosing a Used Car Seat
    1. It is an economical choice but the most important factor is safety. Check out these things before choosing to use a previously used car seat.
      1. Has instructions and label that show the manufacture date ad model number.
      2. The car seat shouldn’t have been recalled.
      3. It is not more than 6 years old.
      4. There are no missing parts or visible damage.
      5. It was never in a moderate or severe crash.
  2. Placing the car seat in the wrong spot.
    1. The safest place for the rear facing car seat is in the middle of the back seat away from active air bags. If your child must ride in the front seat of a vehicle be sure that the airbags are deactivated.
  3. Using a car seat as a replacement crib. (The car seat is designed only to protect your child during travel.)
    1. A 2009 study showed that a car seat might compress a newborn’s chest and lead to lower levels of oxygen.
    2. Sitting in a car seat for lengthy periods can contribute to the development of a flat spot on the back of your baby’s head.
    3. It also can worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – a chronic digestive disease
    4. Injury can occur by falling out of an improperly used car seat from an elevated surface.
  4. Incorrectly installing the car seatsafety first - convertible car seat
    1. Read all car seat manufacturer’s instructions.
    2. Read the sections on the car seats in your vehicle’s owners manual.
    3. Allow no more than 1 inch of movement from side to side and front to back when grasped at the bottom near the attachment points.
    4. Be sure the car seat is facing the correct direction for the weight and age of your child.
  5. Incorrectly buckling up your child.
    1.  Use the harness slots described in the car seat’s instruction manual. They should be at or below their shoulders.
    2. Place the harness or chest clip even with your child’s armpits – not abdomen or chest.
    3. Make sure the straps and harness lie flat against your child’s chest and hips without any slack.
  6. Reclining your child at the incorrect angle.
    1. Recline the car seat at the manufacturer’s instructions so your child’s head does not flop forward.
    2. Use rolled towels under the seat’s front edge to achieve the correct angle.
    3. Tightly rolled towels can also be used alongside your newborn or between the crotch strap and your baby to prevent slouching.
  7. Moving to a forward-facing car seat too soon.safety first - convertible car seat
    1. Riding rear-facing is recommended until the child is age 2 or at least 35lbs.
    2. When changing to forward-facing install according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the seat belt or Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system.
    3. Use the tether strap (a strap that hooks to the top of the seat and attaches to anchor in the vehicle) for extra stability.
    4. Adjust the harness straps to be threaded at or above your child’s shoulders. The harness must fit snuggly.
  8. Dressing your child in bulky outerwear.
    1. Harness straps must fit snuggly over your child’s body. Over bulky clothing, the straps may not provide enough protection.
    2. In cold weather, dress your toddler in lightweight outerwear and buckle them in securely.
    3. Tuck a blanket around them for added warmth.

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Safety First – Convertible Car Seat for your Toddler

There are car seats that will fit any families needs. Choose the one that is the best fit for your child and your vehicle. Be sure to try the car seat out in your vehicle to be sure that it will install according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If the car seat doesn’t fit properly it must be returned for your child’s safety. Select the one that will keep your toddler safe.

Most convertible car seats are FAA for air travel. Be sure you check the manufacturer’s information to be sure that you select one that is FAA approved so you can use it for your air travel needs.safety first - convertible car seat

With many choices available, select the one that will keep your toddler safe and meet your families needs.

 

Share  your car seat experience!

What have you found to be safety issues installing or using your convertible car seat?

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Reyhana

    Definitely good tips and advice for the safety of our children. I agree that placing the child in the front seat is very dangerous. This should actually never be practiced. It’s not a good idea to deactivate the front passenger seat airbag. What if you forget to re-activate it when it is time for an adult to sit there? Best to leave the car-seat and the baby ion the back seat

    Reply
    1. Janice

      I agree with you completely. Toddlers should always be in the back seat securely fastened in their car seats.

      It is amazing to me how many very young toddlers I will see traveling that are not secured in a car seat. Our children’s safety should never be compromised!

      If you found this article helpful please share it with others!

      Reply
  2. Mark

    Have to agree on the bulky garment rule, wasn’t till recently I noticed my wee man was wiggling about more than i would like, it was the fact he was wearing a bulky coat that had slipped.

    Much better now that we use a blanket to cover him and hes nice and tightly fitted into the seat.

    Reply
    1. Janice

      Thank you Mark for the site visit.

      We can never be too careful with the safety of our little ones. Bulky clothes are high on the list of reasons children are injured even when they are buckled in a safety seat. It just takes a little more of our time.

      Reply

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