Car Seats: What To Know Before Your Next Road Trip
Getting ready for Tiny Traveler’s first car trip—home from the hospital— we realized her car seat straps were pulled as tight as possible and we had no idea how to loosen them.
We looked the car seat over thoroughly, couldn’t find anything resembling a strap release and started to calling all of our friends who had babies and cars (not a given in New York City). Someone finally answered, clued us in the secret and off we went with our new family member in tow.
It was a lesson that car seats and booster seats can be more complicated than they appear and using them correctly is important — we use them for a reason after all; to keep our kids safe.
I’m a proponent in keeping kids in rear-facing car seats, then convertibles, and finally boosters as long as possible and often longer than we’re required to by state laws. So I was intrigued by and happy to post these graphics that Maxi-Cosi sent to us to recognize Child Passenger Safety Month (technically it was in September, but we want you to remember to pay attention to car seat safety year-round.)
Hope some of these stats give you something to think about — and incentive to double check those car seat straps before your next road trip.
Source for graphics: Maxi-Cosi