The Safety Of Your Child Should Come First

If you are travelling in a car with a toddler, you better have this accessory to ensure their safety

V. Kumara Swamy Published Oct 6, 2020 19:15:19 IST
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No parent would knowingly put their child’s life in danger. But it is also a fact that many parents often travel with their kids in cars that don’t have proper child seats.

One of the reasons some parents may avoid buying car seats for their children is that they are considered expensive. But that cannot be a strong enough reason if the safety of your children is a priority.

Travelling with the toddler on your lap is extremely unsafe, even if you are wearing a seat belt. If you are sharing your seat belt with the child, in case of a crash, it could press deep into the child and hurt them badly. The impact of the accident could even crush the child, if you are not wearing the seat belt.

“A properly fitted child restraint system keeps the child in their seat, preventing them from being thrown about inside or being thrown from the vehicle. It also absorbs some of the impact force. This means that your child is much less likely to be killed or injured in a crash,” says the Road Safety Authority, Ireland.

Here are some things you should know to keep your kids safe:

a) According to experts, infants should be seated on rear-facing toddler car seats as they are considered safer than forward-facing seats.

b) Slightly older children can sit on forward-facing child car seats with a harness and other safety precautions.

c) For kids who have outgrown child car seats but are still very young to sit on regular car seats, belt-positioning booster seat is an option. The booster seat helps the child strap the belt properly.

Consider these factors while choosing a car seat for your child:

1) Your baby’s weight and height are the most important criteria. Go for combination or convertible car seats in case you want to use them for a longer period.

2) Get the car seat installation right. Many parents despite spending thousands of rupees on the seats get this wrong. Remember, it’s for the safety of your baby.

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