Car Seat Mistakes
Disaster waiting to happen:
Before taking your newborn for a drive, you install his car seat next to you. After all, he's safer if you can see him, right?
Playing it safe:
If your car is bumped while your baby is riding up front, an air bag can inflate and strike him a crushing blow. A baby should always be in back, but he's not safe even there if his car seat isn't properly secured. A study by the National Safe Kids Campaign found that 85 percent of parents make at least one major error when using car seats. To ensure that your child's is installed correctly, check the car manual as well as the manual for the seat itself.
And remember these tips:
- Your baby must ride in a rear-facing car seat until at least age two.
- The straps should be snug enough that you can fit only one finger between them and his chest.
- The clip should be at armpit level.
- The seat should be tilted at the proper angle and should move less than an inch when you push it in any direction.