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Two Paramedics Share The Most Important Piece Of Car Seat Advice Parents Should Know

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death

Millions die annually because of poor seat management. Including children. However, two paramedics from Australia had enough. With a combined experience of over 20 years, they decided to show parents all over the world how to properly take care of your kid. We already covered the correct way to carry a baby in a cradle, but how do you properly fit one into the back of a car?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t going to guide your hand there. It’s less by-the-book and more feel-by-feel. Krystal Kleidon and her husband run a parenting page called Project Hot Mess as well as a website by the same name.

Therein, they describe procedures for taking care of your baby. This is them with their 4 year old son, Alexander.

Project Hot Mess/Facebook

Their viral Facebook post read as follows

People give their opinions on rear facing vs forward facing, side seat vs middle seat, chest clip height (FYI – Australia doesn’t use chest clips), straps, wearing jumpers… if there’s something to have an opinion on, it has been discussed before.

Between my husband and I, in our 20 years experience, we have NOT seen a single child harmed in a car accident where the child was restrained in their seat properly. Not a single one.

We’ve seen car seats ejected from vehicles, we’ve seen cars that have rolled over so many times you can barely tell which way is up, we’ve seen accidents where you would be certain there would be no survivors.

They also discussed the cost of the seat, since there are different safety measures for a $200 and a $600.

How tight are you making the straps on your child’s seat? Can they pull their own arms out of them? Can you only fit one or two fingers underneath them? Do they have a big puffy jacket on that stops them from being strapped in properly?

User Cate Brickell wrote: I love this message so much! I’ve never been able to afford the $600 seats, or a new seat for each new baby (our current seat was given to us as a replacement on an 8yo seat), but if you don’t strap them in, it doesn’t work! I go so far as to adjust the straps depending if she’s wearing a jumper.

While User Chloe Graham added: I really do not want to be judged here, but I want to say thank you for this post. I honestly think I’m not tightening my children’s seat straps tight enough, the thought of them being tossed out and not actually protected is terrifying. I am going to check the straps and ensure that they can’t get their arms loose. Should you only be able to fit one or two fingers underneath them?

The rule of thumb is that if you aren’t confident when you flip your child upside down in their carseat, then they are not secure enough.

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