Wow! Sharon and Greg have blessed us with a beautiful kid, and Janet and I cannot wait to become doting grandparents. Who knew there would be so much more info to absorb? And refresh your knowledge of infant and child care! There’s a lot of work to do before the baby arrives. Every grandparent and grandparent owes it to their grandkids to put their safety first.
Remember always to use a properly mounted child safety seat in your vehicle, like at the corner store, even if you’re going a short distance.
However, I placed the Car Seat to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. It’s set up correctly! To the contrary!
Manuals don’t always offer you the whole picture when installing a car seat correctly. For more information, consult resources such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada. Car Seat Clinics are regularly organized and managed by the local emergency response, fire, and police, so watch the newspaper, TV, or radio for announcements. Alternatively, you can check out a local Child Safety Seat Inspection Station. You have a responsibility to your child or grandchild as a parent or a grandparent to make sure they are safely restrained in whatever vehicle they ride in.
Recently, I took my soon-to-be-born daughter to a Car Seat Clinic. We used my car, but you should use ALL CARS transporting these people. I learned just how little I knew about Car Seat Installation from the hour I spent installing and reinstalling the infant seat in my back seat. The Emergency Response specialists at this free clinic took great care to ensure the following during the installation process:
The first rule of the road for parents with infants is to put their seats in the back, facing the backseat. Not! The front seat is not always the best place for a child safety seat. Not ever again!
UAS anchor bars (restraint clips placed between the seat back and the seat itself and designated with a visible symbol) or the vehicle’s seat belt system are required for rule #2. All vehicles produced after September 1, 2002, have UAS anchor bars installed. This kid safety seat system is compatible with the two USA Connectors used on all new car seats. It takes more than a click and a fast belt tug to get it right. You’ll need to use every ounce of your body weight and strength to tighten the seat belt or anchor straps. It can be tight enough that TWO adults are needed to accomplish this. The cushion of the back seat will be severely squashed. No rocking from side to side in the fastened seat is acceptable.
To accomplish this at the car seat clinic, I enlisted the help of two grownups. One adult may need to press down on the seat to release some stress on the straps, while the other may detach the clip holding the web strap to the UAS anchor. Just chill out.
When adequately fastened (compressed into the back seat), the back of the rear-facing seat should be at a 45-degree angle. To the 45-degree angle, this is crucial. Thanks to this, your baby’s head and neck will be protected in the event of an accident. The floating noodles were custom-cut to achieve the desired compression angle to fit between the vehicle seat base and the rear seat bottom. The 45-degree angle required four installations and three separate noodles, all held together using dust tape.
Fourthly, the back of the front seat should not be pressed upon by the rear-facing seat. Keep at least a one-inch space between the back of the infant seat and the back of the front seat.
Every parent or caregiver should know how to install a child’s safety seat in their vehicle safely. It’s essential to get this right. It’s a matter of saving a young life.
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