Babies are undeniably the cutest members of any family, but they are also incredibly helpless, which is why they need us to keep them safe. In today’s world, many of us travel by car nearly every single day and if we have children, that includes are babies. Cars can be a dangerous place for a baby, which is why during Baby Safety Month we’re sharing some simple tips on baby safety in cars.
- Always use a car seat. Young children need to be in a car seat so they can stay properly secure during an accident. When correctly used, a car seat can reduce the risk of a child dying in an accident by as much as 71%.
- Right seat, right place, right direction. Make sure the car seat you are using for your child is appropriate for their age, weight, and height. Also, children need to stay in the back seat until they are at least 13. Finally, toddlers should be kept rear-facing as long as possible, and at least until they are two years old.
- Never leave them in the car alone. No matter who quickly you think an errand might take, you should never leave your children in the car alone. Cars are like greenhouses and can heat up very quickly, especially in the summer. Even in as little as 20 minutes, your children could start showing signs of heatstroke.
With these simple tips, we can help keep our children safer in the car.