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Take a Spring Break-Safely!

Jan 27, 2022 ● By The Hood Magazine
The winter months can feel long! If your family is ready to escape to a warmer climate, do it safely!

Whether you are planning a road trip or hopping on an airplane, some simple safety tips for your babies and children still requiring car seats can bring you peace of mind during your travels. 

Before we hit the road, (or sky!) we checked in with Sarah Shin, CPSTI, Parenting Program Supervisor at Sanford CHILD Services to find out what we need to know!

First and foremost, everyday car seat rules ALWAYS apply. Whether you are taking a cross country trip, or a drive across town. It's important to remember that there are no hard and fast rules as to when your child graduates car seat milestones. Turning forward facing, moving out infant seat to convertible seat, moving into a booster; are all milestones that should be met based on weight and height, NOT AGE. 

Remember older children should still sit in a child seat or booster until they can sit all the way back in the seat, knees bend over the seat, and seat belt should be right at shoulder. Moving a child from rear facing to forward facing position, should never be done until your seat's recommended weight and height have been met.

Sarah said, "If you are choosing to fly, the first thing to check is that your seat is air craft certified." If you do choose to rent or use shuttle services that offer seats, it is very important to make sure the seat is installed properly. Take a look at the plastic or shell, and look for wear and tear. Always check expiration dates. And don't be afraid to ask questions when booking or reserving, ensuring loaner car seats have never been in any previous accidents. Because there is never a guarantee when using a loner, Sarah shared "It is always safest to use your own seat when you can."

If your family decides to drive rather than fly, do a double check of your child's seats before hitting the road. When in doubt, you can always ask the experts! Sanford CHILD Services offers car seat installation inspections Monday-Friday from 10:00am-3:00pm. Give them a call ahead of time to set up an appointment for total peace of mind!

Once you hit the road, always remember it is important to stop every 2 hours. Not only is it good for infants and small children, it's beneficial for adults too! Because babies do tend to fall asleep in the car, always remember to check the angle that your seat is installed. 

Enjoy your time away, and make memories with your family. But remember, taking a few simple steps to ensure your family's safety is the best way you can start any vacation.