Safety 1st is not just a company name. They mean what they are branded for. Safety 1st! This Summer has been news headline after headline of tragic avoidable deaths of children left behind in their car seat in the car. Something you could not even want to wish on your worst enemy is losing a child to a very avoidable and tragic mistake. When it comes to safety it is not just about B.L.T (Buckle, Latch, and Tighten), it is about having the right car seat for your child, not being expired, being aware of your child, and always using safety when traveling.
I see often in photos on social media children not buckled in correctly. Chest straps, clearly not at the chest. Simple errors can cause very tragic consequences. I know first hand it can be a hassle to get a child all buckled in and ready to go, but you want to always take the time it needs to properly restrain your child for an accident. What you don’t think of is our child being left behind. There are ways to remind yourself of this. Simple things like setting an alert on your phone or setting your phone or shoes in the back seat can save your child’s life!
Safety 1st is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to spread awareness about this important issue.
Here are a few tips to keep your children safe.
- When you put your child in a car seat, put your phone, or purse in the back seat as well. When you go to retrieve it you’ll be able to see that your child is there.
- Set a calendar alerts on your phone about your day care drop off responsibilities.
- Lock your car every time you leave it. Children may use the car as a place to hide and then get stuck inside. If your child is missing check the car first.
Also don’t be afraid to get involved. If you see a child unattended in a car – call 911 and report it.
Often times what happens is somehow our routine is changed. An extra errand is added and while the person runs in for just a minute, somehow gets sidetracked and that one minute turns into 10 minutes or maybe even an hour. These tragedies are preventable and hopefully by following these tips we can prevent a potentially deadly incident from happening.
Summer Travel Safety Tips by Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly. Here are some easy tips to think about before hitting the road.
– The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.
– Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
– The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
– Don’t leave a child alone in the car. Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 32 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle. You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it here.
– Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
– Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.
– Car seats expire! You can find the expiration date on the back of the car seat. Also, another very important tip – once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray. To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.
To read more on how to prevent heatstroke please read this POST HERE featured on National Heatstroke Prevention Day which is July 31st each year. To keep up with safety and comfort for my son who is a long child Safety 1st did send me a new car seat to faciliate this review and share my opinions with my readers on. All opinions and thoughts are that of my own and may differ from yours.
Before I shopped for car seats, I only knew of Safety 1st as a brand for household safety items. I was wrong. Here I learned what great car seats they offer to keep my peace of mind while driving with my son.
I just moved my son from an infant car seat to this Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible car seat in St. Germain.The transition was pretty easy with just a few changes. The only con I have seen so far is a bit difficult in a regular sedan to not bop mine or my son’s head at times while getting him in it and my husband could not fit in the front seat with leg room while it was in reclined rear facing. Therefore, what did we do? We went out and bought me an SUV! Lol, yes, this is a true fact!) It is a big and sturdy car seat that he feels super comfortable in. He falls asleep within moments of the car starting to move. There are a few excellent features to this compared to our prior car seat.
- Rear and Forward facing so it will fit him for a few years. I still should keep an eye on expiration though,
- The cup holder is great so as he gets older he has a place to reach for his sippy cup
- I love that you adjust the head rest to size to properly fit, whereas in an infant seat you are just adjusting straps and can not adjust the height for proper head support. The 10 position head rest will grow with him for years to come
- The buckles are latches are really easy to use and smooth as well.
- The seat as a whole is soft but super sturdy. My son is comfortable from beginning to end.
- I actually get a better view in this seat of him through my rear view mirror than I could with the infant seat and no worries of the bar being up or down for safety assurance that is on an infant carrier.
- This can be tilted back to sit more like an infant seat and let my son sleep or rest better and can move straight up as well.
- Easy to install, once you read the directions (Ask my Husband and Brother and they will tell a different story about how long it took to install!)
- My son can now see out of the window better so he is not straining his neck or pulling the belts on his neck to get a few of the buildings flying by.
- For up to 40lbs rear facing and up to 65lbs forward facing!
- There are four positions to put him in for recline making him the most comfortable while putting my mind at ease.
- My absolute favorite part?!? No re-thread on the harness! My husband can’t figure it out so I was always in charge of this with the infant carrier seat! It was a pain!
Here is a photo I took before we adjusted the head rest which is super easy to press a button and slide up or down for adjusting. Much easier then having to reset all the straps like an infant carrier seat. As you can see in the photos above, I adjusted it once I saw where his head needed to properly be supported.
I am overall thrilled with this convertible car seat and will be looking at a second one to put in our other vehicle. The company has proven to me that safety is a priority for them and they will continue to help educate parents and consumers on safety for the family and children!
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.