It is a common belief that we pay for what we get, and many new parents believe that philosophy when running out to buy a car seat. But the reality is the car seat is only effective if we know how to correctly use it and it isn’t necessary to buy the most expensive car seat. For the best advice on using a car seat, we have asked Paramedic parents to share their safety tips for saving your child’s life.
Paramedics see more accidents than they should. One paramedic couple wrote, “We have seen more car accidents than you could imagine and seen more mangled car seats than I’d like to share.” Most parents spend months of agony searching online for the best quality car seat for their beloved child.
They read safety reviews, features, checking out online personal reviews for different products then finally choosing the best quality car seat in their price rage.
Is there such thing as the best car seat?
This paramedic couple says “It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on a car seat if you don’t strap them in.” Sadly, most car accidents where the child was injured were due to the fact that the child wasn’t strapped in correctly. But not a single child was harmed in a car accident when they were properly strapped or restrained into their car seat.
Paramedics often see that the car seat was thrown from the vehicle, or the car rolled so many times that it is impossible to tell which was the top or bottom of the car. Some accidents, we walk up to it and are certain there are no survivors. But we have been surprised to a living healthy child still strapped into their car seat. What saved them?
The straps. It doesn’t make much of a difference the price tag your car seat came with, but it all about how well you strap your child in.
How to correctly use a car seat
Ask yourself: How tight are the straps on your child’s car seat? Can they slip their arms out? Can you only slip one or two fingers underneath? Is your child wearing a big fluffy jacket that prevents the straps from securing the child correctly?
Now ask yourself, would I feel comfortable flipping my child upside down in this car seat? If not, then you haven’t strapped him in correctly.
Car seats are designed to protect your child as the car rolls, turns, flips or even if the car seat is thrown from the car. But the car seat can only do it’s job, if you restrain your child correctly. Car seats are like a cocoon that protects your child from almost everything.
Scientists and researchers have put years of investigation into creating a safe haven for your children and the car seat is created perfectly. The problem lies with those strapping in the children. Maybe they are in a rush or just going through the routines without thinking about what they are doing.
But your child’s life depends on you taking the time to correctly restrain your child in his car seat. If friends or family will be driving your children, please get them to read this article, as they will be responsible for your child’s life.
Don’t let your child become one of the statistics of being injured or killed in a car accident. It can be avoided by simply strapping your child in correctly. And every time you strap him or her in, double check that only two fingers can slide between the straps and their body.