Car Seat Myths




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As a new parent, there are some things you don’t realize will be as big of a deal as they turn out to be. One of those things are car seats. When you don’t have children, you don’t think about all the options and considerations involved in buying a car seat. When the time comes, it can be a bit intimidating. There are tons of information out there to help, but some of it just isn’t accurate. Here are 5 myths to look out for:
 

Myth #1: Used Car Seats Are Always a Good Idea

Fact: Car seats actually have expiration dates. You can find car seat expiration dates online. Typically they are available on the manufacturer's website.
 

Myth #2: You Should Switch Car Seats Based on Age

Fact: While age is certainly a factor, weight and height are a much better indicator as to when it’s time to change car seats. However, the best way to gauge this is by checking your car seats specifications, as they differ with each car seat.
 

Myth #3: Children Don’t Need Car Seats After the Toddler Stage

Fact: The NHTSA recommends children remain in booster seats until about the age of twelve or under 4’9”. 
 

Myth #4: Fire Stations and Hospitals Are the Best Places For Installation Help

A Certified Child Passenger Technician is the safest route to go when seeking help with installing a car seat. They are specifically trained to install car seats and familiar with most types. You can find a Certified Child Passenger Technician here.
 

Myth #5: Front Facing Car Seats are Always Okay

If you’re child is under two years old, they most likely need to be in a rear facing car seat. If they are under 1 year old, they definitely need to be in a rear facing car seat. This is one instance in which using age as a guideline is acceptable.
 
When gathering information about car seats, make sure to find all that you can and try out a couple prior to giving birth. When it’s time to take baby home, you will need to have your car seat purchased and installed.


By: Alecia Stanton
 






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