There is just something about motherhood. While we read books and prep and ask ALL THE THINGS, there is just a part of it we’re not prepared for.
ALL THE FEELINGS.
As their body slides into our arms, a chamber in our heart that we never knew existed opens just to fit them. And at the same moment, our mama bear instinct to love, cherish, nurture and protect our new, sweet little babes kicks in.
And the thing is, in the throes of hormones and new baby and learning how to live within the new rhythm, it can feel overwhelming, like it’s something we grow through as they grow up.
But it doesn’t change.
As parents, we only want the best for our wee ones. Even with my fourth, who is growing up much too quickly, that natural instinct and heart to protect them just grows with each one added to the nest. We want to take their pain, make sure they are loved and taken care of, and part of that is keeping them safe.
I partnered up with Chicco to bring awareness to baby safety this month – since it is Baby Safety Month, and this last week is National Child Passenger Safety Week. Each year, the month of September encourages parents to focus on the safest products for their children. The good thing is, most childhood injuries can be prevented. Even though baby safety can seem overwhelming at times, this important aspect of motherhood it doesn’t have to be confusing.
Car seats are such a hot topic in the baby safety arena, so we thought it would be a perfect time to bring it up. I know one big question about car seat safety is whether it should be used forward or rear facing. Before you buy any car seat, it’s important that you read full reviews on it to make sure it is as good as it seems.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated their recommendations around how long children should be kept rear-facing in the car – for as long as possible, until they have reached the rear-facing height and/or weight limits of their car seat. For Chicco families, that means maxing out the height and weight limits of the NextFit car seat – 40 pounds or 49 inches.
Many experts recommend (and remind us that kids are flexible) rear facing up to the age of four when possible.
It can be easy for us as parents to project our child’s perceived level of comfort, thinking a child’s legs looked cramped (40 percent of parents say this) or our child simply looks uncomfortable rear-facing (32 percent of parents answer with this).
We’re right in that transition decision phase with Aria, and I love that the new NextFit iX Zip Air can grow with her, from a rear facing newborn, to keeping her comfortable for extended rear-facing, all the way to forward-facing, whatever age that may be! After going through our fair share of car seats and changes, I always recommend parents find a seat that works for them, that can start from newborn and grow. If you’re investing in a car seat, you want it to last, right?!
Besides having features we already liked, like the 9-position recline and leveling system to help achieve and double-check that we’ve got the proper angle for both forward and rear-facing positions, there’s also a Zip & Wash seat pad! If you’ve ever had to clean out a car seat pad (hello diaper explosions) then you know why being able to just unzip it and wash is so exciting.
Plus, the top-rated NextFit iX has had a couple of upgrades with the smooth 9-position one-hand height adjustment of the headrest with integrated no-rethread harness to accommodate growth and the chest clips will be changeable… so if you’ve got a little Houdini on your hands, you can try a different clip style.
I think the other thing that comes into play with car seats and car seat safety is buckling our kids in! Something that can be so simple, yet one of those things us mamas tend to overthink. I talked with Courtney Barry, Chicco’s Car Seat Safety Advocate this past week and wanted to share these take-aways for doing it the right way.
5 Car Seat Safety Tips Every Parent Should Follow
1. Tighten the Harness
Buckle the harness and chest clip then put your hand behind the clip to eliminate slack in the webbing.
2. Test with a Pinch
If you can pinch any of the harness webbing between your fingers at the shoulder, it means the harness is too loose. When the harness is properly tightened, your fingers will simply slip off.
3. Chest Clip Height
To ensure your child’s chest clip is at the correct height, line it up with the top of his armpits. When properly positioned, the chest clip is designed to keep the harness straps parallel over the torso in a crash.
4. The Inch Test
Make sure to do the “inch test” by giving the car seat/base a tug forward and from side to side. If it moves more than one inch in any direction, uninstall and start over.
5. Car Seats Can Expire
Did you know car seats actually expire? Check the seat for a label indicating the date of expiration.
Chicco’s car seat line is designed to help parents keep their children as safe as possible on the road at every stage. To learn more about the
right Chicco car seat for you, visit https://www.chiccousa.com/choosing-a-car-seat/.