Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat.
Keeping your child safe is your number one priority. Do you know that on average 4 out of 5 car seats are being used incorrectly? I recently upgraded our three year old’s car seat because it (the car seat) will be 7 years old soon. It was the same one his brother used and it was time for a new and improved safety seat. For my three year old (who will be four in a few days) he currently weighs 36 pounds and is comfy as a clam in his forward facing convertible car seat. As a matter of fact he will remain in his new Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat until he hits 40 lbs ( no matter what age that may be).
Car Seat Safety Tips
Car Seat Selection
- Purchase a new car seat. If you don’t know the history of a previously owned car seat, don’t bother using it.
- Car seats that have been in an accident are considered unsafe and should not be used.
- Car seats also expire, check the model number information. Car seats are typically good for 6 years.
With affordable options like the Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat that retail for only $45.98 you can afford to purchase a great car seat that will safely carry your child from 5 – 40 lbs.
Car Seat Installation
- Use the instruction manual of the car seat along with the vehicles owner manual for proper installation.
- Car seats should only be placed in the backseat of a vehicle.
- Use the LATCH system or seat belt to install the car seat, not both.
- The center seat in the back is statistically the safest, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the right option. Determine if the car seat will sit snug in that space? Does it have the LATCH system for the middle seat? If not does the middle seat have a proper seatbelt?
- Use your knee and your body weight to tightly affix the car seat into place.
- Once your seat is installed properly always perform a check on the seat to make sure it is still tightly installed. Before placing the child in the seat, grasp both sides of the seat and “wiggle the seat” if the seat is loose you need to re-install the seat to get a tight fit.
If you don’t feel comfortable installing your car seat yourself, contact your local Birthing center or hospital for information on local car seat installations or your local fire department. Don’t forget to take your car seats instruction manual along with you.
- A child under 20 lbs. should only be placed in a rear facing car seat and never front facing. It’s recommended you leave your child rear facing at least until the age of two.
- Place child in the car seat without any bulky items (jacket or blanket in-between). You want the straps to sit t flush against the child and with no twists in the straps.
- For a rear facing child make sure the top shoulder straps are threaded right below or at the child’s shoulders, not higher as this could cause the child to slide up if you where in an accident. When forward facing make sure the straps are at or right above the child’s shoulders.
- Try to pinch the strap at the collarbone if you are able to pinch the strap it needs to be tighter and sit without creating a gap.
- The chest clip needs to make a straight line from armpit to armpit and not sit low under the chest.
Do you have any tips you would like to share? If so leave hem in the comments.
The Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat can be found at Walmart in eight different prints. The convertible Cosco Scenera NEXT is compact enough to comfortably seat up to three car seats in one row.