This Mom Gave A Lesson On Car Seat Safety With The Help Of Some Eye-Opening Photos
If you wouldn't feel safe doing this with your car seat, you're doing it wrong.
The pinch test is then mentioned, which is where you shouldn’t be able to pinch any part of the strap with two fingers once your child is buckled in and the chest clip is in the proper place. She writes, “If you can pinch the strap here’s what to do: move the chest clip back down, tighten the straps, move the chest clip back up and test again.”
Her other tips include making sure your car seat is installed correctly and the importance of reading not only the car seat manual, but also your car’s manual.
“There should be less than an inch of movement of the car seat at the belt/latch path. Always use the top tether when forward facing. Only uses the latch system OR the seatbelt to install your car seat. Never use both (with the exception of a few brands). Check your car seats manual. If you need help installing your car seat or have any questions about what seat would be best for your child or the best fit in your car, call your local Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). Remember that not all fire departments or police stations have a CPST and may not be educated about car seats. To find one, click here: http://cert.safekids.org/.”
She also shared tips on whether to keep your child rear-facing or front-facing, and voiced her concerns about after-market products, such as infant inserts and pads. Then she linked to a helpful website that shares non-regulated products for car seats to raise awareness.
McNamara is grateful her post was shared so many times and wrote,” I can’t thank everyone enough for all your positive comments and shares. I hope this post makes a difference!”
She also joked that had she known her post was going to get so much attention, she would have changed her clothes first.
Regardless, we think she looks great and love the tips she’s shared.