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Take the 5 Step Seat Belt Test

Is your child riding in the car safe? Having been a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician for many years now I can understand my husband’s desire to follow people home to educate them about properly restraining their children in the vehicle. (He says he’d only done it while in his firefighter uniform. And as far […]

Have You Ever Heard of Seat Belt Syndrome?

What?! Seat belt syndrome? What is that?! We’ve all read the stats (and if you haven’t, read here) about injuries and deaths related to car seat misuse or lack of use. We know how low the percentage is of children who should be using child restraints and actually are. First and foremost I want to […]

Car Seat Best Practice, Proper Use and Reality

Where does your car seat practice fall? Likely somewhere in between. Car Seat Best Practice according to NHTSA: Use the correct car seat for child and vehicle correctly every time Keep child rear facing (RF) as long as possible until they reach the RF height or weight limits of their convertible seat Keep child forward […]

Big, Big Kids Still Need Boosters

Our oldest son is 8 1/2 years old. In most states he can legally ride in a car without a car seat. In Colorado, where we live, based on age alone he can legally ride in just a seat belt. Except Colorado law actually adds the caveat that he be “properly restrained with a safety […]

Solutions to the Sleep Slump

As parent’s we’ve all seen it, right? And we cringe at the sleep slump. It looks so uncomfortable. And there are safety issues too. When the children are small and still in a 5-point harness, the child is less likely to get so out of position as to be in increased danger. But big kids […]