Mae looked in the back seat and saw her baby standing in the back seat and immediately pulled over to strap him back in. It wasn’t until she got home that she realized what had happened.
She started searching online to try and figure out what went wrong when she made the discovery that her son’s car seat was too big for him.
“I had no idea that rear-facing was even possible at that size and I had no idea that there were seats between the infant carrier and the booster,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Later that day, I purchased an appropriate 5-point-harness seat that could be rear-faced and didn’t turn him back around for another year or so,” she explained.
I try to post this photo whenever it pops up in my FB memories. This is a photo of my son (now almost 7), who is 11…
Her son is now seven, but Mae continues to post about their experience so other parents are aware of the importance of having the correct car seat for your child. She’s become an advocate for car seat safety and offers tips to parents.
“Forward facing is not a milestone,” Mae wrote. “In fact, it’s way more dangerous. Rear-facing has been said to be 300x safer in an accident for both children and adults. You can rear-face a car seat as long as you see fit.
“Pull the chest clip all the way up between mid-chest and sternum,” she continued. “A chest clip all the way at the bottom can cause internal organ damage in the event of an accident. Pull the buckles tight enough that you cannot pinch up excess material. If you can, it’s too loose.”
She also explains the importance of knowing that bulky clothing, including winter coats, and cute seat accessories hinder the safety of the apparatus because those things can loosen the buckles.
Another point of contention is the age in which children don’t need to be secured in any type of car seat or booster. While many state laws say children don’t have to be in a booster seat past the age of six or eight, some experts advise that’s too young.
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