Child Passenger Safety Week is September 14-20, 2014. Since we at Celebrity Baby Trends know safety is paramount to you, we want to bring you safe family car travel tips from Family Car Travel Expert Grainne Kelly, founder of the BubbleBum inflatable car booster seat. From how to use car seats and car booster seats, to car safety and entertainment, here’s everything you need to know from the pro.
- A child should be kept in the five-point harness seat until he or she reaches the upper weight limit of that seat.
- Both age and weight requirements should be considered before moving to a booster seat. A child should weigh over 40 pounds and be more than 4 years of age.
Parents also want to know how to determine when a child doesn’t need a car booster seat anymore. Grainne shares this 5-step test:
- A child should be able to sit with his or her back against the vehicle seat.
- His or her knees should bend at the edge of the seat.
- The lap belt is low on the top of the thighs.
- The shoulder belt sits between the neck and shoulder.
- The child does not slouch or lean out of the seat belt.
When it comes to entertainment, Grainne says some great toy choices are felt collage boards, free printable games, loom bands, and movies for long trips. Don’t bring along tiny toys like Legos in the car, as they can fall to the floor.
In addition to keeping a child safely seated and entertained, Grainne suggests these safety tips:
Keep the following must-haves in the trunk: jumper cables, flares, blankets, water, fire extinguisher, mini tire compressor, basic tools, rope/bungee cord, and a flashlight.
Also keep a first-aid kit stocked with pain reliever, thermometer, anti-itch lotion, bug bite/sting cream, instant ice pack, sunscreen, bug spray, motion sickness tabs, and bandages in the vehicle.
Another fantastic idea: keep extra BubbleBum inflatable car seats on hand. They are super handy for carpooling to school or a sports event, and anytime an unexpected extra little passenger goes along for the ride.
Today’s families are often on the go. By incorporating Grainne’s rules of car travel safety, you’re sure to be on the road to happy travels.