If you've learned one thing in these last 11 months or so, it's surely this: Your child is constantly outgrowing things. Just as you've replaced the too-tight pants, you need to find a not-so-snug jacket and don't-cut-off-my-baby's-circulation socks. One item that may be less obvious is the car seat.
Here are some things to take a look at to ensure your road trips are optimized for child car safety:
The car seat that your baby came home from the hospital in may no longer be the right one to keep using as your baby continues to grow. Safe use of car seats is based on the child's weight, size and age, so check to see if it's time to make a change.
You may be ready to turn that car seat around so your baby can face forward, but your baby may not be ready.
To determine if your baby is ready for a larger car seat, be sure to consult the government guidelines for rear-facing car seats
and forward-facing car seats
to ensure proper child car safety.
After you buy a new seat, but before you use it, visit your local Highway Patrol office or find a certified child passenger safety technician through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Child Passenger Safety Contact Locator.
They will be happy to check your installation techniques
Read up on the latest government safety ratings
before you buy and before you turn that car seat around.
At least the stroller will last you a while. ...report abuse