Every day, I load my kids into a hunk of steel and glass on wheels, and I buckle them into their car seats. We go hurtling down roads at speeds up to 75 miles per hour, sharing the road with hundreds of thousands of other drivers who I have no control over.
When you stop to think about it, it’s an incredibly vulnerable position to be in, one that can easily and quickly turn scary no matter how safe a driver I am.
That’s why I’ve always taken the kids’ safety in the car seriously. That’s NOT to say I’ve always done everything the safest way possible. No, I’ll admit that there were times I didn’t know better.
But, the beauty of allowing yourself to learn new things is the power to change. I definitely changed my mind more than once when it came to car seats, like the time I decided to switch Kendall back to rear-facing from forward facing.
This week is Child Passenger Safety Week. I’m not here to harp on you or scold you. The educated choices you make for your children are yours to make alone.
I’m just encouraging you to read up on the newest safety recommendations for child passengers. It’s never too late to change things up (or decide to hold OFF on changing things up for a while), no matter if you’re on your first or fifth kid. Safety recommendations are always evolving, so give these links a look to be sure you’re up to speed.
To start, this infographic from the NHTSA’s Facebook Page is really informative. (Click through to see it larger)
Krystal from Tie A Little Ribbon breaks down the stats on forward facing vs. rear facing carseats here and about the hazards of letting kids wear bulky coats while buckled into their seats here.
The Baby Guy NYC puts a funny spin on some great information with a little help from Ryan Gosling here.
HowToBeADad is giving away 2 Graco Snugrides here.
The Baby Guy NYC is giving away an Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat here.
Educate yourself, know the current recommendations, then do what you feel is safest and best for your child.