Winter and Car Seats: Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe and Warm

Winter Driving

In the United States, car crashes are one of the leading causes of child fatalities. Many of these could have been prevented with proper use of a child restraint. Though most are simply not installed or buckled correctly, one contributing (and surprising) factor could be the clothes your child wears in winter.

If you live in a cold climate or experience very cold winters, of course you’ll want to keep your baby warm. Most parents don’t think twice about buckling the car seat straps over their kids’ thick winter coats and snowsuits. The straps may feel nice and snug against your child’s coat, but in reality, they may not be tight enough or be in the proper positions on your child’s body.

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Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

Winter Driving

Driving in any season is risky, but driving in winter weather can be downright treacherous, especially if you have a job that requires traveling in all road conditions. Before you get behind the wheel, take time to prepare. Follow these life-saving tips to keep your winter commutes as safe as possible.

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The Breath Right System: Time to save Infants

Essay (author: Bennett Heyn)

Baby sleep in car

Every day, infants are dying from suffocation due to car seat safety. According to Express News, “Parents were warned not to leave babies strapped in their car seats for long periods after it was revealed that 31 have died.” When improperly supervised, children die from suffocation in car seats. This issue is labeled as positional asphyxia and happens when a person cannot get enough air to breathe because of the way they are sitting. Infants and children under 2 years old are at risk for death when they sleep in the car. The babies are not safe because they are either not fully buckled or their head leans forward too much which blocks the breathing pathway.

As a child grows, the car seat they should use changes. My focus is on the infant car seat for kids ages 0-3. Car seats are very important for infants to use because according to the CDC’s data, “Use of infant seats decreases the rate of fatal injuries by 71%.” Parents need to find the safest car seats to use so that they can prevent injuries. Usually, infants should be rear facing but the only problem is that it is harder for the parents to monitor the infant. Infants need to be supervised and should not be left to take a nap in their car seat. Unfortunately, not all parents know the danger of leaving babies in car seats for extended periods of time.

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Why Uber Drivers Need Car Seats

Essay (author: Abbie Weaver)
Uber car with baby

We currently live in a society that is very technological advanced, we are constantly surrounded by new inventions, and are always being introduced to ideas for new creations. These creations are thought to aid in helping make situations easier for individuals. Although new inventions do often times help make the lives of those they impact easier, and more efficient, are new inventions really the best option for every aspect of life? What if we, as a society put more time into analyzing, and making the inventions we do already have safer? We could further learn about inventions that are already put into use, and put laws into place to ensure these inventions are best for all of society.

New creations draw so much attention because they are known as the newest thing that just hit the block, and are seen as a status symbol by so many. People can’t wait when a new iPhone hits the shelf, and often times dish out hundreds of dollars to hold the best new thing. Unfortunately, it seems as though people don’t bat an eyelash when it comes to buying a car seat for their child. They often choose the cheapest option without worrying too much about the safety standards that come along with that piece of equipment. If people don’t do research when buying a car seat think about how little effort, they put into remembering to carry around such a piece of equipment when using public transportation. In today’s fast-paced, ever moving world many individuals don’t think twice about stepping onto a bus, or into an Uber with a child, forgetting immediately car seat laws even exist.

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Infant Car Seats & Laws Changed in NY

Newborn and Infant Safety Seat

Driving in New York State? The laws around infant car seats have changed significantly – see how you are impacted and whether or not your child is safe.

Children who ride in a car anywhere in New York State may soon ride backwards longer than many other states in the country.

This last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that requires all children, regardless of heights and weights (with some exceptions in extreme, extreme cases), to ride in a rear-facing car seat for safety reasons.

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The Best Car Seat For a 3 Year Old Child

Boy - 3 Year Old

Choosing a car seat for a three year old can be difficult. At this age, they still seem so vulnerable to us, yet they are quickly learning independence and won’t hesitate to voice their opinions about everything from what to watch on television to what they want to eat for dinner.

As confident as they may seem, they aren’t ready to make big decisions such as which car seat to buy. Your toddler may see some of her friends sitting in booster seats and insist on having her own “grown-up” seat.

You may begin to wonder if she’s right. Booster seats are usually more convenient and lighter to lug around than harnessed seats. However, just because she may look big enough for a booster, doesn’t mean she is. So, what’s a parent to do? Avoid a tantrum or ride it out for safety’s sake?

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