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Newborn Safety Tips

Apr 6, 2008
Taking care of an infant is a learning experience. Many new parents find themselves completely unprepared for the amount of information they need to absorb in order to take adequate care of their new baby. With a wide variety of new products aimed and infants flooding the market along with the changing of laws aimed at infant safety it is extremely difficult for a parent to manage even the easiest task.

In the past getting a car seat for an infant was simply a matter of going to the local retailer of baby goods and getting whatever was on sale. For some it was a matter of asking a relative with small children or, in some cases, simply doing without. A few generations ago seeing a baby riding in the lap of an older sibling or parent was completely normal. These days transporting an infant in a car that does not have a proper car seat installed can lead to fines and even imprisonment.

It is in most new parent's best interest to have a car seat safely installed in their car before the baby is even born. A car seat must be present before most hospitals will even let you take your new baby home. When choosing a car seat to transport your precious cargo home for the first time it is extremely important that you follow your states safety guidelines when choosing the appropriate car seats

Car seats for newborns must be facing the rear of the vehicle. These rear facing car seats are created to provide your newborn with the maximum level of safety imaginable. In the unfortunate event of a car accident a rear facing car seat will give your baby the best amount of physical protection.

Make sure the new car seat has an appropriate amount of cushioning. This not only keeps your infant warm and secure, it also provides them with the head support they absolutely needs since a newborn is still unable to support the weight of their own small head. Proper cushioning will let prevent your infants head from being jarred around unnecessarily.

Once your baby has grown to weight 20 pounds or more it is time to start looking for an upgrade. Newborn car seats are only designed to be used for a short amount of time and when your child starts to outgrow the car seat it will become painfully obvious. You will notice that it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure your baby in their car seat and harder to move them around while in the car seat. Also, babies who are uncomfortable in their car seats will begin fussing more during car rides and other times when they are strapped in their car seats.

Car seats designed for older babies are usual forward facing which can be a lot of fun for babies. They can now interact with whoever is in the passenger seat and even look out of the window. Many babies will be silent during their first few rides in their new car seat making noise only to coo or laughing occasionally. These seats will let your child sit up a bit more too and, as they get older, will begin having more features such as cup rests and more so that your child can be secured in a safety seat until they are four years old or meet your states height requirements.
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