Without question, a car is a dangerous place for a small child to be in. No matter how skilled a person is at driving, when a child is not properly restrained in a car, the driver is driving this precious being to its grave. To exemplify how fragile a baby is, just playfully shaking them puts the minor at risk of damage to its spinal column, so a car accident will leave a tragic sight of a fallen baby if they aren’t properly restrained. Minors dying in accidents isn’t uncommon, in fact, it is the leading cause of death for newborns. Because of this, precaution should be taken – all modes of transportation for parents should have car seats. Uber is an infamous example, as there are many parents who willingly ride on a Uber with their child not on a car seat. In a ABC15 news investigation, a Uber driver reported that 90% of the time they picked up parents without a car seat. That is an insane statistic, as it is probable that out of 10 babies, 9 of them could’ve died. This statement clarifies that this is a problem in today’s society. Because of this, it must become an obligation for Uber to supply their drivers with a car seat to support the driver, parent, and save the lives of children. If the driver doesn’t have a car seat for whatever reason, the ride must absolutely not happen; the parent should have no say in the matter and the driver himself should say no!(more…)
In the U.S., the federal government has allowed each state to craft its own laws regarding child car seats. The result is varying regulations, which puts the onus on anyone driving with a child as a passenger to know the car seat laws in the states in which they reside or will be traveling in.
This can be challenging, especially for people who live in one state and frequently travel into a bordering state. It also adds extra research for those taking a vacation that requires travel through multiple U.S. states.
To help ease the workload and take the guesswork out of car seat laws in each U.S. state, here is the information you need to know when traveling with children throughout the U.S. in 2019.
The 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, are listed by region and then separated by division according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
It should be noted that car seat laws in some states are not as stringent as recommendations issued by safety experts and pediatricians.(more…)
The number of incorrectly installed car seats in vehicles around the world is startling. Take a look at some of the findings:
- In the U.S., 95 percent of infant car seats have at least one major installation error, according to the Journal of Pediatrics.
- In Australia, more than 70 percent of child car seats are improperly installed, surveys from Australian researchers found.
- In the U.K., nearly two-thirds of children are riding in car seats that are either installed incorrectly or not the right type for their age, says a What Car? study.
The news gets even worse. The mistakes made in car seat installation increase a child’s chances of being seriously injured while the vehicle is moving, let alone if an accident happened.
There is good news, however. Most incorrect car seat installations are easily fixable. But first, you have to recognize the mistake.(more…)
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has amended their current recommendation for extended rear-facing (ERF) from at least age 2 to as long as possible. In a November 2018 issue of Pediatrics (which came out Aug. 30), the AAP removed the minimum age limit to say that children should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the seat.
Until now, the US has had a lower minimum age recommendation for rear-facing than many other countries such as Sweden, where the minimum age for switching to forward-facing is 4 years old. It should be noted that Sweden also has the world’s lowest crash fatality rate for kids under the age of 6. They were the first to develop car seats with 45+ pound rear-facing weight limits.(more…)
Everyone endures enormous amounts of stress, but individuals who have received their fair share of pressure are parents, specifically new parents. Raising a baby is something foreign to these individuals, and although they receive plenty of baby shower gifts that are supposed to help them, the stress of keeping their baby safe can be a torment for the parents. Fortunately, we live in a modern world that is constantly inventing new technology meant to facilitate their lives as they as they strive to become responsible parents. One important and life changing baby innovation is the car stroller which allows parents to transport their babies with security and carries multiple benefits for the baby.
After giving birth naturally, women are left over with a rather large amount of skin and also run the risk of suffering from postpartum depression. This condition is a very serious form of depression that can haunt the mother for over several days. Many people may think that this depression only affects the mother; however, their wellbeing plays a huge role on the attitude of the rest of the family. Israeli researchers have proven that the baby’s stress level rises as does the crying and their performance levels are weak due to the depression of the mother, according to PsychCentral.com. To treat this disorder, women are encouraged to exercise to recover their figure, but more importantly, to prevent periods of depression and to strengthen the immune system of both the mother and the child. One of the most recommended exercises is a simple walk in the park. This action is facilitated with the invention of the stroller that allows the mother to take care of herself as she exercises while safely having her baby with her.(more…)
My parents used to tell me the horror stories when they were younger about their experiences in car seat education safety. One experience that always made me happy that we now live in a more modern world now than what they had to experience with little education about car seats. My parents vividly remember the day they practiced putting me in the car seat for the first time while trying to gently maneuver my wiggling and all my squirming, uncooperative limbs into the seat and discovering that the straps were way too tight. Out I came again as they struggled to work out how on earth to loosen the car seat straps. All while being watched by a gang of highly amused, not-first-time parents who were sitting nearby. Eventually (after much heated debate and reference to the instruction manual) they were able to put me in the car seat, secure and we could set off for home…albeit with me sitting beside her in the backseat and Dad driving at about 10 miles an hour!(more…)