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BCBaby Gear We Love from Nordstrom: Car Seat Safety

By Lindsay Pinchuk

Car seat safety is a TOP PRIORITY at Bump Club and Beyond events, which is why we talk so much about it both on our BCBlog and at events themselves.  Did you know that car seats have a misuse rate of 73%?  Your car seat safety is basically an insurance policy for your baby.  It’s imperative that you know how to install it properly and when your child needs to move up to the next car seat.  The BabyGuyNYC, Jamie Grayson, spends a lot of time at The Baby Gear Show at Nordstrom talking and answering questions about car seat safety. September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.  We will be talking a LOT on our Facebook and Instagram accounts about car seat safety all next week, and to kick it off you can check out the three main types of child passenger seats below, and ENTER TO WIN EACH OF THEM HERE.
These seats are used from birth until around one year (depending on the make and model, so READ YOUR MANUAL.) The one shown here is a favorite of BCB and The BabyGuyNYC, the nuna Pipa.  The Pipa is one of the lighter seats on the market and one of two infant car seats sold at Nordstrom.  It has awesome features such as the European belt path, which allows for a solid installation without the base, as well as a load leg, which is designed to absorb some of the impact if you were in a frontal collision. Infant car seats are always rear-facing.  Often they snap into strollers, as shown here on the nuna Mixx, to create an easy travel system.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children stay REAR-FACING until at least the age of two, and longer if possible.  Extended rear-facing is becoming the norm as people understand a child is FIVE TIMES SAFER rear-facing, and convertible car seat RF weight and height limits are getting higher to accommodate bigger kids.  Once your child outgrows their infant car seat they will move into a convertible car seat,  shown here as the Chicco NextFit.  This seat installs in a cinch thanks to the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), which allows you to install the seat without the use of the seat belt.  This system helps to provide a tight, easy, and correct install. Vehicles with LATCH in their car will have lower anchors in their back seats which the car seat attaches to, and once your child is big enough and they are turned around to forward face, you will secure the top of the seat using the top tether.  Usually this is on the back console of a car or on the back of the seat or even on the floor of a SUV or minivan.  Again, read your manual so that you know when the weight limit of your child requires them to be turned around.
According to Safekids.org, if you answer YES to any of these questions, it is time for a booster seat, like the Clek Obor shown here.

  1. Has your child outgrown the height and weight limits of their seat?
  2. Are you child’s shoulders above the top harness slots?
  3. Are the tops of your child’s ears above the top of the car seat?
  4. Once ONE of these things is true, it is time to move to a booster.

The Clek Obor is a favorite as you can start with a back and eventually remove the back of the seat. It attaches with Rigid LATCH so it doesn’t slide around, and it also has a recline feature in the event your child falls asleep or takes a nap. PLUS, this seat is simple and slick looking. You won’t even know it’s in your car.
We have many favorite resources for car seat safety online.  You can find more at safekids.org or from The Car Seat Lady. 
JOIN BUMP CLUB AND BEYOND and Jamie Grayson, The BabyGuyNYC (who is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician) at THE BABY GEAR SHOW with Nordstrom.  We have stops at five stores left and would love to see you!  FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION CLICK HERE.  You can also ENTER TO WIN all of the prizes shown here, including the NUNA TRAVEL SYSTEM, RIGHT HERE.  

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