Are you guilty of these mistakes? Read on to find out more about the common mistakes made and tips on how to solve them.
WORDS STEPHANIE CLARISSA
When it comes to using an infant car seat, you may be making mistakes you may not even be aware of Motherhood lists some of the common mistakes parents make.
Avoid the Front Seat
It is always a bad idea to place your baby in a rear-facing infant car seat in the front seat of a car, with an active airbag. It may cause serious injury to your infant during a major accident. After a crash, airbags inflate almost instantaneously and infants may not be able to withstand the force causing them some serious harm. Not only is a rear-facing infant car seat in the front dangerous, it is also illegal.
Be Sure it is Held Securely by the Seat Belt
If it is loosely secured, it can easily be flung off the car seat, making it more injury prone. Kwa Kok Lien, a business owner for the Singapore Stroller Rental recommends parents to invest in an Isofix or an i-size seat. Before purchasing one, it is advisable to check if it fits your car appropriately and comfortably. It is also important to read the instructions carefully.
When investing in an infant car seat, you should always avoid secondhand car seats. The
secondhand ones may have been damaged or have overused and loose seatbelts. Additionally,
it may have experienced wear and tear. Some may even require repair incurring extra costs.
Furthermore, it may not be meeting the current safety standards and guidelines.
Are You Guilty of a Loose Harness?
This is worrying as children can easily squirm their way out of the car seat especially if they are more fidgety. The harness should be fitted correctly and securely across the child’s chest with a spacing of one or two fingers. Do note that this is a significant part of the protection of the infant car seat.
Don’t Overlook Height and Weight Requirements
Be sure to check with your infant car seat advisor on your child’s suitable height and weight. If you can, give the infant car seat you have your eye on a test-run before purchasing it. It will be worth the risk of experiencing any hassles handling it in the future. You should avoid online or mail order purchases. Research has proven that some car seats have been tested specifically in the European New Car Assessment Programme. It will help you decide on the most suitable infant car seat being used in those tests. The United Nations standard Regulation 44.04 is a necessary criterion to meet.
Don’t Be in a Hurry to Face Your Child Forward
Infants must be constantly placed in a rearward-facing position. This should be done so until they are at least 15 months old. The infant car seats are usually verified and permitted for the child’s weight and not age. Some mothers may rush to place their babies in a forward-facing seat. This is undesirable and dangerous, so please be reminded to always use the rear-facing position. This leads to better protection for their head, neck and spine.
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