Car Seat Struggles….

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Every now and then and sometimes more every time we get into the car it is a struggle getting into the car seat especially now that winter is in full swing with coats, sweaters and other bulk that makes a car seat nightmare…

We have even talked with Chicago police officers while dining out about car seat importance to absolutely no avail.

What does it take…I am not quite sure except a lot of patience but when you are parked in a precarious valet parking spot waiting for a toddler to get in his seat, it is really frustrating .

I share this with you all to get some suggestions as to how to deal with this ‘common’ problem. What do you suggest?

Here is a link that might help…

Car Seat Tantrums – Handled With Respect | Janet Lansbury.

Children and Carseats-The 5-Step Test


Carseat safety is really a no -brainer…carseats for infants and children are mandatory and they save lives.

For the newborn, infant, toddler and pre-schooler it seems fairly simple to buy a carseat and have it installed or install it yourself. But as your child gets older things start to become somewhat muddy…like when do you transfer your older child to a booster seat and then to the seatbelt system in the car?

If you have a child not leave this post without linking to the carseat blog for actual visuals of the 5-Step Test and how to do it.

What is the 5-Step Test?

It is actually the only way to make sure that your child is protected by a car’s lap/shoulder seatbelt system and therefore may not nee a booster seat or child restraint system. Weight and age are actually meaningless factors for determining if a seatbelt fits a child correctly.

Here are the five questions:

Taking the 5-Step Test is quick and simple. Have the child buckle up in the vehicle and then answer these 5 questions:

1. Does the child sit all the way back on the vehicle seat?

2. Are knees bent comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?

3. Does seatbelt cross the shoulder properly? (it should be centered over the collar bone)

4. Is the lap portion of the seatbelt low – touching the thighs?

5. Can the child stay seated this way for the entire ride, every ride (awake and asleep)?

Bonus step – feet planted firmly on floor

via The 5-Step Test.