This post is sponsored by Chicco, but the opinions are my own.
Did you know that September is Baby Safety Month, with the week of September 23 – 28 celebrated as National Child Passenger Safety Week? It comes as a good reminder and it is the perfect time for parents to brush up on top safety tips for your child in your car, on a plane, in the stroller, and in your own home to keep your child safe.
When You’re On The Go
When you and your child are out and about, always use a car seat to arrive safely at your destination. Baby should always be restrained in a car seat every time they’re in the car, whether it’s your car, your caregiver’s car or a taxi. If you are able, purchase a seat for baby when flying and have them restrained in their car seat on the plane as well. Never leave your baby in your vehicle. Put a critical item—your purse, cell phone, or even the shoe from your non-driving foot – next to your baby in the backseat each time baby is in the car with you to serve as a reminder as well.
Make sure to carefully follow all of the car seat manufacturer’s instructions when installing the seat in your vehicle. Get baby’s car seat installation checked at a fire or police station; they’re hard to install correctly! That is why I love the Chicco MyFit. It is designed with smart functionality that makes it the easiest to install simply, accurately, and securely. A four-position ReclineSure leveling system and RideRight bubble levels help achieve and verify proper angle in the vehicle seat. I love these features because it is basically the green light that tells you you’ve installed the seat correctly. Premium LATCH connectors with a SuperCinch tightener and a LockSure belt-tightening system with wide routing make it easy to achieve a tight and secure fit with LATCH or the vehicle seat belt. I personally use the LATCH system in my car with this seat and find it super simple and easy to use and install correctly.
Using your stroller? Always put your stroller in the locked position when putting your baby in the stroller or when remaining stationary. Place any other items you’re carrying, like your purse, in the storage space beneath the stroller seat, and do not hang heavy items off the back of the stroller — this could cause it to tip. Make sure to buckle the safety harness in the stroller seat or, if using a travel system with your infant seat make sure to buckle your baby in safely like you would if they were riding in the car.
In The Nursery
Your baby’s nursery should be a secure environment for your baby to learn, grow, and sleep safely. Keep furniture away from windows to prevent babies from falling through the screen or becoming tangled in blind cords. Never leave your baby on the changing table unattended or unsecured. In the crib, always use a sheet that fits securely on the mattress. Make sure the mattress fits snugly within the crib to prevent your baby from slipping between the mattress and the side of the crib. Never use blankets or pillows in the crib with your baby. A swaddle or wearable blanket like a sleep sack is safest. And remember that back is best when placing your baby in their crib.
In The Rest of Your Home
Kitchens are full of potential safety hazards, so it’s important to take extra care in this area of your home. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent hot foods and liquids from being tipped over. Keep knives, heavy pots and breakable dishes out of reach. Secure heavy furniture to the wall to prevent tipping, as well as securing your television to the wall or other secured furniture. Use outlet covers to keep little fingers out of the electrical outlets and hide or secure cords, wires, and plugs.
A bit more about Chicco, since I love our MyFit seat so much. Chicco’s car seat line is designed to help parents keep their children as safe as possible on the road at every stage. The MyFit is designed to keep little big kids comfortable and content with the security of a five-point harness. A nine-position extended headrest and easy transition to a belt-positioning booster accommodate years of growing. The MyFit can be comfortably installed three across in your vehicle, maximizing space for you and your children. And that means all three of my boys (who are in either convertible 5 point harness seats or a booster) can all fit in any car if necessary.
I chatted with Chicco’s car seat safety advocate Courtney Barry and she shared some really helpful tips for parents who aren’t familiar with harness boosters like the MyFit, check them out below:
- Maturity plays a critical role in the type of booster seat you should be using with your child.
Before transitioning your child from a forward-facing convertible car seat to a belt-positioning booster seat, you must feel confident that they are mature enough to sit upright, without playing with their seat belt and accidentally shifting it into an unsafe position, for the duration of your trip. For children that are not quite there yet, manufacturers like Chicco have created transitional seats that are designed to not only keep children safer longer, but also prioritizes their comfort, like the MyFit Harness + Booster.
- Harness boosters, like the MyFit, offer the safety benefits that come with having a 5-point harness.
Harness boosters, like the Chicco MyFit, offer added protection and security for little big kids that have outgrown their forward-facing convertible car seat but aren’t quite mature enough for a belt-positioning booster. This is because they utilize a 5-point harness, much like an infant or convertible car seat. The 5-point harness on harness boosters are designed with higher shoulder strap slots that allow taller children protection and security for longer, in a more comfortable position, until they are ready for the next step.
- Know your options and what to look for when it comes to selecting a car seat.
The best car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car and that you’ll be able to use correctly every time. Do your research to learn what your options are, as there can be several different car seat paths to take depending on the size of your child. Car seats like the Chicco MyFit can be a great option when a child is too tall for their forward-facing convertible car seat, but are not fully ready to use a booster seat. There are also many car seats that grow with your child, which can help save money without compromising safety. The MyFit does just that, as it easily converts to a belt-positioning booster to accommodate years of growing.
Go here to learn more about the right Chicco car seat for you.
Parenthood is hard. We’re sleep deprived and just doing the best we can, so keeping these safety tips in mind and preparing ahead of time with babyproofing tools can help keep your baby safe, even when life gets chaotic or overwhelming.
What’s your best baby safety tip?