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Importance of Car Seat Safety

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Cars.com. I was compensated for writing this post, though car seat safety is something that everyone who has a little one needs to take into consideration.

Back in July of 2013, I found myself going from car dealership to car dealership with my mom in search for a new car. The transmission on my old car had gone out and living in a small town with no public transportation, I needed a car in order to get to and from work. This was to be my first real purchase as an adult and I knew that I needed to make a good, well-informed decision because I would hopefully be driving this car far into the future.

I wanted a car that was reliable and that I would feel safe in. Even though children weren’t on the horizon at that moment, I remember saying to my mom that my car needed to be two doors so that I would be able to maneuver a child and the car seat easily. I needed a car that could grow with me as my life continued to grow in different ways.

Fast forward to now. I’m 34 weeks pregnant with my first child with that same car. Even though we’ve chosen our car seat, we have not yet installed it. I know that time is running out. But installing a car seat may be one of the most important things that you have to do when you are having a baby and I want to make sure that I do it correctly. According to facts presented on the CDC website regarding child passenger safety, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.

We ended up going with the Graco 4ever All-in One Convertible Car Seat because Robb and I wanted a car seat that could grow as our child grows. Cars.com is a great resource on car seat safety and actually goes through many models of vehicles and tests the user-friendliness of installing car seats. They start each Car Seat Check by investigating the car’s Latch system, which is supposed to make it easier to correctly install car seats and then test how each vehicle handles the various sizes of child-safety seats in terms of both space and installation.

They also answered one of my biggest questions – Why Do Car Seats Expire?

Robb and I are making it a priority this upcoming weekend to go ahead and install our car seat into my car. Lil Bean could come at any time and I want to make sure that we are as ready as possible for his arrival. I don’t want us to rush around when it’s time and risk doing something haphazardly.

16 Comments

  1. There are expert car seat installers, that do not charge, to help you install your seat correctly. I remember doing that with my first. Some police stations/fire stations have someone who can help you do it correctly as well. Congratulations!

  2. Love this! I am crazy when it comes to my kids carseats! I hate when I see people buckle their kids in wrong!

  3. Great post on safety for little ones!!

  4. OMG! My hubby and I are in search for a new car seat for our son! Thank you for your awesome tips. 🙂

  5. Good for you for getting the car seat installed now! I still remember struggling in a hot car all alone at about 36 weeks pregnant trying to get that dang thing to click in right, that was NOT fun, lol.

  6. Great tips! We installed ours then took it to the expert car seat person at the local fire station to check it for us. He had us make a few tweaks and it was so nice to have some advice in person.

  7. Yup, installing your car seat properly is extremely important. I know when I was preparing for my little one we found a fire department not to far from us who did an additional check on the installed seat to make sure we really did it properly. Definitely worth the trip!

  8. Thank you for posting about this. I would go as far as saying I am PASSIONATE about car seat safety and I think it is so so so so soooooooooo oSOOOO important that parents make sure their children’s seats are installed correctly and that their child is buckled in correctly

  9. We LOVE our Graco 4ever. And yes, knowing how to properly install your car seat is EXTREMELY important!

  10. Great and extremely helpful information!

  11. I have the GRACO all in one and it is the best seat ever. Car seat safety is so important!!

  12. Car seat safety is so important! We keep ours in car seats as long as possible. It is so much safer. I wish more parents took car seat safety seriously.

  13. Great post. Car seat safety is very important.

  14. Great post and so important! We love our Graco carseat!

  15. Car seat safety is so important. We love Graco!

  16. We have Graco car seats. Love them and recommend them! Car safety is definitely important and I think many parents need to take it more serious

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