Thanksgiving is a time when we all travel to destinations far and wide for a fulfilling meal, and we want to make sure our little ones are safely tucked away during those long trips.
The first bit of advice is proper car seat installation.
“We want to make sure that at the belt path where we put the vehicle or the lower anchors through the shell of the car seat, once you think it’s nice and tight, you shouldn’t be able to move it more than one inch left to right or front to back at that belt path,” says Sarah Tilton, Britax’s director of consumer advocacy.
If you are having difficulty installing the seat yourself, consult an expert.
Also, before you bundle up your little one in a winter coat, think again.
Car seat manufacturers say bulky clothes make it impossible to secure kids properly in their seats.
“No heavy coats in the car. Put them on backward, preheat your car,” Tilton advises.
Finally, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its policy statement on child passenger safety.
The group now suggests children remain rear-facing for as long as possible, up to the limits of their car safety seats. This could mean children up to age 4.
Experts say all children should remain in the back seat until the age of 13.