Summer is quickly drawing to a close and, if he or she hasn’t already, your kiddo is headed back to school and you will be back to the daily grind of getting them there. Make sure that you have done all you can make that commute safe. Once you’ve covered the car seat basics, you can turn your attention to worrying about other things. Like whether or not they’re going to eat what you packed them for lunch.
Things Are Different Today
It’s been a long time since my kid’s first day of school. It was in a day long before tiny passengers had the option of an iPad or DVD player for distraction. There were many days when we had to resort to engaging in conversation. Imagine!
My advent of parenthood coincided with the advent of child safety seat laws. Now that my children have brought about the advent of my “grandparenthood,” it has been amazing to watch how much more safely you can get a kid from Point A to Point B today.
Car Seat Basics
An understanding of state law (and the laws of physics) will work together to keep your child safe. If you do have a school-aged child, car seats are probably not anything new to you but did a proper seat make the back-to-school shopping list? If you noticed that they had gotten a little taller when you shopped for pants, it could be that they need a different seat for the car as well. If you are not sure whether this growth spurt means anything more than just a bigger clothing budget, you should check your state’s requirements.
A Fresh Start for the First Day
Back-to-school may be a great excuse to clear up the evidence of summertime snacking from your backseat. Believe me, I’m not passing judgment here. An inspection of my car would reveal quite the collection of french fries, cookie crumbs and candy bar wrappers under the driver’s seat even as I write this. However, my suggestion is really not about automobile hygiene. When you’re back there gathering up discarded fruit snacks and Goldfish, take the opportunity to inspect the installation and condition of your child’s seat. If the inspection reveal signs of wear or damage, you may want to consider replacement.
One More Thing
As fast as summer came and went, cooler temperatures can’t be far behind. Don’t forget to make necessary adjustments to the straps of the car seat so that your child can remain safe and comfortable while wearing a coat.
At the risk of sounding like an old guy, I’m going to say this anyway. I often shake my head thinking about how I was hauled around as a child. It’s a wonder I’m alive to write this article. Make sure you are transporting your child safely to all of childhood’s points of interest by making sure they are getting there in the proper child safety seat.