(NC) Every family needs help sometimes, and grandparents are a wonderful resource for many. Despite their enthusiasm to help with after-school pickup or take the kids for a day of fun, a lot has changed from the time they were transporting children.
A 2018 survey found that four out of 10 parents are concerned that secondary caregivers will not install or buckle the car seat correctly. Follow these tips when selecting a car seat for grandparents to use.
Proper installation. Ensure grandparents know how to check for a proper install. Key checkpoints include: removing excess slack in the harness straps and at the belt-path; ensuring the base of the car seat is a minimum of 80 per cent on the vehicle; positioning the chest clip at armpit level; using the level indicator and; verifying the harness so straps are at the appropriate height, whether rear or forward-facing.
Always use the manufacturer’s installation directions to install the seat safely and properly. When in doubt, find a local certified car seat technician or car seat clinic to have your installation verified.
Longevity is a priority. Make grandparents’ lives easier by selecting a car seat that will grow with your child, like Graco’s Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat. It features a four-position extension panel that provides five inches of extra legroom. The seat also makes switching from rear facing to front facing super easy so parents and grandparents can feel confident that children are comfortable and safe for all the car rides ahead.