As a first time parent you are given advice on baby safety from day one, however nothing is more important than choosing the right car seat AND installing it correctly. The best way to insure that your seat is properly secured is to ask the retailer you bought it from. Often these installments are free of charge, trained car seat specialists are well versed in how each brand is different and the areas that you should really watch out for.  Remember to take notes; don’t rely on someone doing the work as you will most likely find yourself uninstalling the seats to fish out months old crackers and goo later on. 

The whole month of September is dedicated to baby safety.  We take this time out to remind you that rear facing car seats are five times safer than forward facing car seats.  Something to consider while shopping for car seats for the first time is to look at options that allow your child to remain rear facing for as long as possible.  In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear facing seats to at least two years of age. Aren’t their legs going to be uncomfortable you ask?  Well, no. Joints are not fully formed at such a young age; hence your child can sit comfortably with their legs crossed just fine.  In fact, many European countries such a Sweden mandate that children be rear facing until the age of four!

Don’t worry about your little one; she will be fine back there.  If you want to keep an eye out on her invest in a cheap rear looking mirror or opt to buy the Totokan head rest attachment to monitor them during your drive. This attachment is certified and will be available early 2015.

In the meantime, take some time for a breather. You WILL find the safest choice for your child. There are so many resources out there that can point you in the right direction.  If you are still unsure, I’ve posted a few links below that can help you get your search on the way.

See 'ya soon!

Shelley 

Our Additional Resources:

The Car Seat Lady

The Baby Safety Zone 

The American Academy of Pediatrics