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Baby car seats are one of the most important aspects because it will help in keeping the babies safe. An average family spends a lot of time in the car. However, the truth is that four out of five car seats are used incorrectly according to the reports by the National Safe Kids Campaign.


Luckily, there’s this Baby Love’s Ezy Combo seat which is basically a rear-facing car seat which can be used for infants as well as for 4 years old. This car seat is considered as one of the safest seats that is available in the market.


While there are a lot of mistakes that every parent make while installing or choosing a baby car seat. Have a look at these mistakes that you need to avoid in order to keep your baby’s safe!


Getting a Used Car Seat


If you are willing to buy a baby seat but is out of your budget then consider buying a used car seat that comes with instructions and a label showing the manufacture date and model number. Also, check if it hasn’t been recalled or isn’t been expired or is no than 6 years old. Moreover, it also should not have any visible damage or missing parts and should not be in a moderate or severe cash.


Placing of the Car Seat


Do you that the safest place for your child’s car seat? It is the back seat of the car, away from the airbags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the airbags inflate then it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat, causing a serious or fatal injury.


If you have a pickup truck that has only one row of seats then you need to deactivate the front airbags or install a power switch to prevent airbag deployment during a crash.


Installing the Car Seats Incorrectly


If you are installing the car seats for the first time then it is best to read the manufacturer’s instructions and the section on car seats in the vehicle’s owners manual. Just make sure that the seat is tightly secured, allowing no more than 1 inch of movement from side to side or front to back when grasped at the bottom near the attachment points.


However, if you are using an infant-only seat or a convertible seat in the rear-facing position then keep these things in mind:


  • Only use the harness slots described in the car seat’s instruction manual which is usually those at or below the child’s shoulders.
  • Buckle the harness straps and chest clip, with the chest clip even with your child’s armpits. Also, make sure the straps and clips lie flat against your child’s chest and over his/her hips with no slack. If it is necessary, place tightly rolled small blankets alongside your baby to provide head and neck support. Though the car seat manufacturer allows, rolled washcloths may be used between the crotch strap to create a secure fit!


Reclining the Seat at the Correct Angle


In the rear-facing position, recline the car seat according to the manufacturer’s instruction so that your child’s head doesn’t flop forward. While the babies must ride in semireclined position to keep their airways open.


There are many seats available in the market which offers angle indicators or adjusters to guide you. You just need to keep in mind that as your child grows, you might need to adjust the angle.


Moving to Forward-Facing Car Seat


You need to resist the urge to place your child’s car seat in the forward-facing position just to see him or her in your mirror! However, riding rear facing is now recommended for as long as possible.


You can start with a convertible car seat, which can be used rear facing and later forward facing and has a higher rear-facing weight and height limit than does an infant-only seat.


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