Lubbock Parents: Is Your Child Safe in Their Car Seat?
Did you know that 59 percent of parents are using their car seats incorrectly? While you may not think that you're a part of this startling statistic, you would be surprised at the number of simple mistakes that you make while using this lifesaving device.
Top 9 Car Seat Mistakes Parents Commonly Make
Infant car seats are pretty straightforward, especially if you use a car seat base. In contrast, convertible car seats grow with your child. This means that adjustments need to be made continuously to accommodate your child's ever-evolving stature.
A good rule of thumb is to align your car seat maintenance with your child's regular pediatrician appointments. Why? These doctor's visits are when you get updated on their height and weight. This information is imperative for determining when to switch them to a more permanent car seat as well as when to transition them to a forward facing position, which normally occurs at or after their second birthday.
Finally, remember that every child is different. While there are guidelines to help you determine when these changes should be made, everything is dependent on your baby's specific height and weight. Don't be afraid to reach out to the Texas Department of Transportation with questions.