Selfies. The new trend of taking selfies has extended as far as little ones taking pics of themselves. These are a great way to document the special moments that you and your little one share, whether a day in the park or a funny moment. Continue reading
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What to pack for hospital can be a nerve-wracking task! It's not like you can quickly pop out during labour and buy yourself a magazine. Pooling our experience of child birth, the Graco experts give you advice based on the maternity ward at five different hospitals in seven different places. We give you some tips on what to actually pack for hospital. Or rather, on what we actually used while in hospital. There are three people to consider: You, Your New Baby, and Your Spouse (which is usually the forgotten one).
A 5-point harness is one of the most important parts of your child restraint, and proper use of the harness is critical to keeping your little one as safe as possible.
Here are some important tips to help you make sure you’re using the harness on your car seat correctly every time:
How long should my child stay harnessed in his car seat?
All children in a rear-facing car seat MUST be harnessed with a 5-point harness at all times. Children in a forward-facing car seat should be harnessed as long as the seat will allow.
Proper shoulder position for harness straps:
The proper shoulder positioning for harness straps differs depending on whether your child is rear-facing or forward-facing. As a general rule:
FOR A REAR-FACING CAR SEAT: Use harness slots that are AT or BELOW the child’s shoulder level
FOR A FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT: Use harness slots that are AT or JUST ABOVE the child’s shoulder level
Always check your car seat’s manual to confirm proper shoulder positioning for that specific car seat.
Proper harness fit:
To ensure your child is as safe as possible in his car seat, it is critical that the harness has a snug fit and is positioned correctly. These tips are for any age or size child, rear-facing, or forward-facing.
When strapping your child into a harness, always perform the “pinch test” on the straps above the harness clip. You should not be able to pinch any of the webbing on the harness strap. If you can, the straps are too loose.
The harness needs to be snug against your child’s body to ensure he is as safe as possible during a crash. That means a child should never be strapped into a car seat in a winter coat.
So you’ve mastered trips to the shops, grandma’s house, and the park…now it’s time to tackle travel on a larger scale. It might be a road trip, baby’s first plane ride, or taking the train into the city, however you travel, there are a few things we’ve found that can really make a difference: Continue reading