Bringing home a new baby can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about to keep your child safe. One of the most important is making sure your child’s car seat is secured properly in your vehicle and that your child is correctly buckled into the car seat. This advice is not only for newborns. The safest place for your child is in the appropriate child safety seat, which changes as they grow.
With so many different seats on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. The type of seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child’s age, size, and developmental needs. Here is more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about choosing the most appropriate car safety seat for your child.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers a calculator to help you determine the right seat for your child. Go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/right-seat.
If you want help installing your child’s safety seat, you can find a certified car seat technician in your area at https://cert.safekids.org/find-tech.
So far in 2021, there have been 243 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase off five since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf