Expecting parents are bombarded with a plethora of decisions to make: breastmilk or formula? Co-sleeping or crib? Disposable or cloth diapers? In the flurry of large and small choices, it’s important to remember that purchasing a good–and age and weight appropriate–safety seat for your child is one of the first things you want to accomplish before your due date arrives.
Safety seats are vital in preventing serious injury in newborns, infants, toddlers, and young children. A child’s needs will change, however, as he or she develops. Parents Central proposes the following guidelines, all of which vary depending on the height and weight of your child:
Many car-seats have adjustable features, allowing for a child’s growth. Car seats have been proven to reduce child fatalities by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers (ages 1-3), so researching the best car seat in your budget is a valuable use of your time. Making sure your car seat is correctly installed is also critical. Finally, if you’re looking to save money on a car seat, use the government’s checklist to ensure your purchase will keep your child safe.
While car seat recalls do not happen very often, like other recalls, it is important to take care of a recall notification as soon as possible. The government tracks recalls here. If your child is injured in an accident and you feel the car seat manufacturer might be at fault, let the personal injury lawyers at Kryder Law help you determine if litigation is right for you.