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Staying Safe With Your Baby In The Vehicle

Travelling regularly with a baby in tow is going to be a given as a new parent. This can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be, depending on how you prepare. It’s important to follow certain steps to ensure your baby is happy but most importantly, your vehicle is safe for the little one to travel in. Let’s take a look at some things that need to be done before you put your baby in a car.

Making Sure Your Vehicle Is In Good Condition

 Your car should be in good working order before you even think of putting your baby in it and driving around. You should make sure all your car checks are up to date and there is nothing wrong with the vehicle that could cause something bad to happen. In addition to this, there are some basic things you should do as a car owner when travelling with a baby. Be sure to check the tire pressure

and change the oil, these help to make sure your vehicle is safe which is vital when driving with an infant.

Having A Proper Car Seat

It is law to make sure your baby is travelling in a car seat that is right for their age and that they are fitted into it correctly. Buying a high quality car seat is something you must do even before your baby is born so you can fit it securely and get him/her home safely from the hospital. Rear facing car seats are recommended for babies under 1 to maximize their safety, so please keep this in mind when purchasing your product. Also check reviews online so that you can find the best quality item, a car seat is really an item that you shouldn’t try to save money on when buying for baby.

Feeding Baby Before You Set Off 

If you have other children, you will know that going anywhere can sometimes feel like a military operation. Timing is EVERYTHING and if you get it right, you and your baby are guaranteed a much more enjoyable car journey. Feed your baby right before you set off, especially if you are travelling a long way. You can even go one step further and start travelling after your baby has enjoyed a nap because he/she is likely to be in a much better mood. A full tummy, a clean diaper and a well-rested little one is key for getting them in a good mood before you travel.

Have Supplies For Baby

 Your changing bag should become your new best friend as a new parent especially when you are travelling. Always keep it with you and make sure it’s stocked up with everything you need for your baby. You will need things like diapers, pacifiers, bottles, milk, blankets and toys if your baby is a little older. Having practical things in place for your little one is important but you also need to make sure they don’t get bored.

Entertain The Little One

If you are travelling with another person who can sit in the back of the car with your baby, that’s awesome. That person can play with them whether that be through toys, talking to them or just making silly faces. If you are travelling alone with baby this will be more difficult, so break up your journey so it is less boring for them. Stop off in a cafe or even a play area where the baby can get a change of scenery and let off some steam.

Conclusion

Now that you know everything you need to know for travelling with a baby, it’s time to hit the road! You baby’s safety is the most important thing when you are taking them in a vehicle, so be sure to change the oil and check the tire pressure, even if you are just on a short journey. In addition to the more practical tasks  and changing the car seats, get to know your little ones routine so that you can ensure the most relaxed travelling experience possible. As you get used to your babies habits as they grow, hopefully this will become easier for you and you can have lots of fun journies together.

Author  Bio

Stella Grant

My name is Stella Grant . I am the founder of Speedfinal.com . Automotive is my passion, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone.

ChildProof Your Car With These 5 Tips- Making Summer Travel Safe

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The summer season is the time when families like to pack up the car and head off on a road trip for their summer vacation. These trips in the car can be fun and entertaining for all, but when your kids are cooped up in the car for too long they end up getting cranky and bored. One solution is to make several sightseeing stops along the way so everyone gets a chance to stretch out their legs. However, it’s important to keep a close eye on your children when they’re out of the car and in a busy parking lot. During your family travels this summer, keep your kids safe with these five ways for childproofing your car.

1. Parking Pal Magnet

Parking lots are dangerous and it only takes a few seconds for a tragedy to occur, keep your kids safe with the Parking Pal. The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. While in a parking lot, children place one hand on their Parking Pal creating a safe spot. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.
Available for $8.99 at http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com.

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2. Buckle Up

It’s crucial that you make sure your kids are buckled up at all time. Teach your children to always buckle up as soon as they get in the car. You must also lead by example because your kids will not be willing to listen if they see that you are not abiding by the same rule. It’s required by law for kids to wear a seat belt and for adults too in most states. Different booster seats and car seats also have various buckles so read the manual to see if you are correctly buckling in your kids.

3. Car Reverse Alert Beeper by Dreambaby®

The Dreambaby® Car Reverse Alert Beeper will alert anyone behind your vehicle that you are backing up. Simply stick the beeper over your reversing lights and it will emit a high-pitched noise when the vehicle is put into reverse. Little ones are often hard to detect through mirrors and windows so this will be an extra precaution to help prevent accidents when backing up your car. Available for $9.99 at www.shop4kids.com.

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4. Trunk Safety

These days all cars are required to feature a glow-in-the-dark interior release handle inside the trunk of the car so anyone can get out of a locked trunk. Still, older car models do not include this feature. When children are playing and parents aren’t around, the trunk of the car may seem like a good hiding spot. Kids do not know any better and this can pose a serious danger. Make sure your children cannot access the car unsupervised. If you have an older car, a retrofit Quick-Out Emergency Trunk Release kit is available for $9.99 at www.kidsandcars.org/online-store.html.
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5. Childproof the Interior

Don’t forget about the interior of your car when getting ready to child-proof. When driving with your kids, enable the childproof locks if you can to prevent kids from opening the door while the car is in motion. If you have any dangerous items in the backseat like an ice scraper, wiper fluid, or car cleaner, take them out and keep them in the trunk of the car away from the kids. The foldable back seats of your car should always be kept locked in an upright position to prevent kids from getting into the trunk.

For more car safety tips visit http://www.kidsandcars.org. Make your summer vacation fun and safe with these childproofing tips.

Safety Saturday- Top 5 Dangers for Kids and Vehicles

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Every year thousands of kids are injured or killed around vehicles in non-traffic accidents. There are 5 main dangers for kids and vehicles.  Today I’m talking about the top 3 dangers.  The number one danger is a Backover accident.  Every week in the US at least 50 children are backed over by a vehicle.  2 of the 50 will die.

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Notice in these pictures from the kidsandcars.org website.  62 children are behind the SUV and all of them are in the blind spot.  Have you ever heard of Bye-Bye Syndrome?  You say good bye to your kids and then walk out the door to your vehicle and unbeknownst you to, your child follows you out.  Here is a video showing bye-bye syndrome:

The number 2 danger is a Front Over accident.  According to this quote from www.kidsandcars.org, frontover-main-pic2

“Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a driver moving forward very slowly didn’t see them.  These incidents for the most part take place in residential driveways or parking lots and are referred to as ‘frontovers.’  (the opposite of a backover).”

The third danger is Heat Stroke.  No one thinks it could ever happen to them, but unfortunately it does.  Most times, a parent or caregiver mistakenly leaves a child in the vehicle.  It usually happens when the routine of the parent is different.  For example, normally mom drops baby off at daycare.  But today she stays home sick and dad takes baby to daycare.  But on the way, he gets a distracting phone call and is focused on a work meeting.  He takes the route he normally takes and arrives at work as usual.  Baby is sleeping in the back nice and quiet and dad completely forgets that the baby is in the back seat.  Watch this video:

Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out other dangers of kids and cars.

*Videos, images and statistics in this article are from www.kidsandcars.org.