• Avoid peak travel days –If possible try not to drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday. Those are the busiest travel days. And the roads tend to be the most congested.
• Plan ahead– Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload. Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance. This will help him or her get excited about the journey. Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.
• Car Seats – If you are going on a long car ride, it’s a good time to check in and make sure your car is ready for baby. Double check your car seat and make sure it’s installed correctly. Cosco recommends keeping children rear facing up to two years old, and if you have one child the middle seat is the safest. When checking a car seat you want to make sure it never moves more than 1 inch from side to side.
If families have multiple children that are all in car seats the Scenera NEXT is a great new seat as
it fits three across in the back seat, and retails for less than $50.
Childproof the Car – One must have for long car rides is a special bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers, a change of clothes, and snacks. Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. Keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues in a spot that is easy to reach at a moment’s notice.
When packing the car note you don’t want items or bags lying around as they can be a hazard in the event of a crash. Keep bags under the seat or in back seat pockets when the child is not holding on to something. It may seem silly but if you have to stop fast and an item goes flying it can potentially hurt you or your child.
Childproofing Homes – When you get to your family or friend’s home, if you have a toddler don’t be afraid to survey the rooms and mention any potentially hazardous items the toddler might get into. For example don’t have small items on a coffee table that could be a choking hazard for a child and make sure someone is watching the child all the times. If you have to leave the room always make sure someone is in charge to watch the child.
Also if the baby is sleeping in a car seat, even while in the house make sure the baby is buckled in, as you never know who might pick up the car seat with the child in it.
More information on the Car Seats featured on today’s Indy Style:
Light ‘n’ Comfy
• The Light ‘n’ Comfy is the lightest infant car seat in the United States, coming in at around 6 pounds.
• The Light ‘n Comfy keeps your child safe from 4-22 pounds with a secure 5-point harness that adjusts from the front and Side Impact Protection.
• With 4 harness heights, you can adjust the harness to the best fit for a tiny traveler and easily keep your baby snugly in the seat as they grow.
• The extra-lightweight design of the seat makes it easier to remove from the base and carry while outside of the car.
• Aligning with the American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP) recommendation for all children to ride rear facing to age 2, the Scenera NEXT is the first car seat that can only be used in rear facing mode for children up to 2 years old.
• The Scenera Next features easy to read installation instructions, a convenient and easily removable seat pad that goes right into the washing machine, and an integrated cup holder.
• It is exclusively available at WalMart stores nationwide and WalMart.com for less than $50.
• The Scenera NEXT car seat fits three across the back seat thanks to a slimmer frame accommodating growing families
For more information:
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