Car Seat Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Two young children asleep in car seats.

    Extend It! Breastfeeding and Rear-facing Car Seats

      Both of these are commonly seen as 1 year milestones. Or are they?! Extended Breastfeeding By now, most people are familiar with the recommendation to breastfeed if possible, and that exclusive breastfeeding is preferred for 6 months.  Many people are also familiar with breastfeeding with introduction of complementary foods until 12 months.  But what […]

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  • Is Your Car Seat Installed Properly?

    Is Your Car Seat Installed Properly?

    As a child passenger safety technician, I have participated in many car seat inspections and am astonished at the number of seats that are either improperly installed and/or used. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 73% to over 90% of child restraints are misused. In my experience, over 95% of car seats […]

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  • How to Choose an Infant Car Seat & Use it Properly to Protect Your Baby

    How to Choose an Infant Car Seat & Use it Properly to Protect Your Baby

    I remember reviewing books like Baby Bargains, Consumer Reports and going to big box stores like BabiesRUs to test out car seats before Isabella was born. I had no idea that picking out a car seat and understanding how to use it was going to be like studying for a CPA exam!

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  • 5 Ways to Clean Up Your Car for a Healthier Ride

    5 Ways to Clean Up Your Car for a Healthier Ride

    You’re careful about keeping toxins out of your home, but have you considered your car? Between running errands, commuting to work, and driving kids to appointments and extracurricular activities, we’re spending more time in our cars than ever before. Take these simple steps to keep your car clean and reduce your exposure to automotive contaminants.

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  • Booster Seats

    Booster Seats

    The August 2000 electronic issue of Pediatrics contains a study that looked at how many kids age 4 to 9 years use booster seats in cars (only 27.7% — only 10% by age 6). The authors asked the parents about their reasons for not using booster seats, and the number one answer was that they […]

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  • Car Seat Safety

    Car Seat Safety

    Parents and children alike look forward to four years and forty pounds when they no longer have to hassle with car seats. Even though experts (including me) recommend not using regular seat belts until about age nine, the overwhelming majority of pre-school and school-age kids ride in restraints designed for adults.

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  • Safety seats for Older Children

    Safety Seats for Older Children

    My 5-year-old is too big for her safety seat, but our car’s seat belts still seem too high for her. What should I use to keep her safe?

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