Sunday, July 10, 2011

Keep Him Strapped In!

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the absence.  I've been trying to get things settled and on schedule now that Corey, my husband, is working third shift.  It's really throwing us ALL off, but hopefully soon we'll be back to "normal".

So, I saw a video tonight and honestly, I bawled my eyes out watching it.  We switched our 4.5 year old, 40+ pound son to a convertible booster seat, convertible meaning it's a booster seat with a back and a 5-point harness.  We chose to use the seat as a booster.  After watching this video we're going to be switching his seat back to a 5-point harness.  I simply cannot imagine ever losing my child, especially if I could have done something to avoid it.

Watch this video, share it with your friends, and love on your little ones a little extra today.

Check out these guidelines for car seat safety:

Newborns/Toddlers-  Car seat type: Infant seats and rear-facing convertible seats General Guidelines: All infants and toddlers should ride in aRear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

Toddlers/Preschoolers- Car seat type: Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harness  General Guidelines: All children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

School-aged children- Car seat type: Booster seats General Guidelines: All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

Older Children- Car seat type: Seat belts  General Guidelines: When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the Rear Seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

**There are car seats that allow you to use a 5-point harness up to 80 lbs.  One such seat is the Britax Regent.  Please keep your child in a 5-point harness until he or she can no longer fit the weight and height requirements.

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