Baby Car Seat Safety Tips

  • Know your state's laws. The exact laws on how old your child must be to use a car seat and what height and weight restrictions there are for car seats varies by state. Check your state's specific car seat laws to be sure that you are following all of the proper rules and regulations. 

  • Do not let your baby sleep in a car seat. As tempting as it might be to allow your baby to take a snooze in his/her car seat, it is always safer to place the baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib, without any blankets or stuffed animals. 

  • Use appropriate car seat covers or blankets instead of coats. When the temperature drops, it's important to keep your baby warm and comfortable all the while keeping him/her safe. To keep him/her warm in the car seat, be sure not to place your baby in a coat or snowsuit while in the car seat. The extra padding may cause you to loosen the car seat straps to the point that it is not fitted properly and therefore not provide adequate protection. Instead, you should put the baby in the car seat without a coat, then use an approved car seat cover for warmth. (You'll want to check the car seat cover so it can not come loose and pose a strangulation hazard.)

  • Do not place a car seat on top of a grocery cart. Even if your car seat "clicks" into place on top of the grocery cart, it's not designed to be secure there. A car seat on top of a cart puts the baby at risk for falling off of the cart or making the cart tip over, causing serious harm to your baby. 

  • Always buy a car seat new. You should not accept used car seats or purchase second-hand one.  Car seats do expire and can become defective with improper use or as a result of a car accident.