“I just have one right now and she’s our pride and joy,” says Liz Oberley.
Liz Oberley loves every minute of being a grandma. Taking her granddaughter to the park is all fun and games...
But getting there is serious business.
“Most definitely and I would never want to compromise safety. That’s what it’s all about,” says Oberley.
Parents are aware of car seat rules and regulations, but grandparents may not be up-to-speed. So we’re breaking down the rules of the road: beginning with babies.
“Babies should be rear facing up to the age of two. That is the new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics. God forbid you are in a crash, they do fair best when they are rear facing,” says Lina Quintana, child advocate for Lee Memorial Health System.
When children reach the appropriate size, they flip to a forward facing seat. Older kids need a booster until they reach 4 ft, 9 inches. The safety seat brand doesn’t matter.
“Anything is safe. Anything we get here in the United States has to go through crash testing. So any product you get in any child store, they are all deemed safe,” says Quintana.
There is one thing to think about- hand-me-downs aren’t a good idea. A car seat that worked just great for one-child years ago, has worn out its welcome by the time another rolls around.
“Seats have a life span of six years. So I know you’re tempted, you took good care of it. It is best to get brand new. You know it has not been in a crash, which is very important. The way you store it also makes a difference. What happens is the plastic it’s made out of becomes brittle. So that’s why you don’t want to take any chances just use brand new seats,” says Quintana.
If you have any problems or questions installing it, ask an expert.
“Don’t do the guesswork you might make mistakes. Come to us we’ll take you step by step. You’ll be a professional by the time you come to us,” says Quintana.
It should take out the guesswork, and the worry.
“I think it’s important to always be constrained, because of the simple fact they don’t need freedom in the car. It’s all about safety- and they need to be contained,” says Oberley.