This mum has shared a photograph to highlight to other parents how important it is for their babies to be fitted in their car seats properly.
Rachel McNamara posted a pic of her with her little one strapped into his car seat. In the photograph, Rachel can be seen holding the seat upside down to reinforce how safely he was strapped in.
“After strapping your child into their car seat, ask yourself if you’d be comfortable flipping it upside down,” she captioned the pic.
“Remember that the chest clip should be at armpit level and the straps should be tight enough to pass the pinch test.”
Rachel, who is from Maine in the United States, says that she’s not advocating that parents should be flipping their kids upside down before every car ride, just that they should feel confident that their child would be safe IF the car seat was flipped over in an accident.
‘”I think this is a great visual and shows just how important proper car seat use is,” she adds.
“Second, is about what slots the shoulder straps should be placed in. *Please read your car seats manual first because there are some exceptions.* But with most car seats when they are rear facing the straps should be at or below their shoulders and when they are forward facing the straps should be at or above their shoulders.
“Again, always check your car seats manual first!”
‘I’m Very Passionate About Car Seat Safety’
“I’m very passionate about car seat safety and often see people misuse them,” Rachel exclusively tells The Healthy Mummy.
“I knew the picture would be very eye catching and quite eye opening for many parents, grandparents and caregivers.”
And since Rachel posted the pics to Facebook they have been shared over 48,000 times!
“The feedback has been amazing,” she adds. “So many positive and thankful comments. I’ve had lots of people messaging me asking for advise.”
It’s great you’re so passionate about making sure your kids are safe, Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.
“To know if a car seat’s harness is tight enough, it must pass the pinch test. Try to pinch the webbing at the child’s collarbone as shown. If you can grasp any material and pinch it, it’s too loose. Your fingers should slide right off the webbing when it is tight enough,” reveals safety organisation Car Seats for the Littles.
For more on child car seat safety, click here.