Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat? #TheRightSeat

Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat?

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I have practiced car seat safety since I brought my first born home from the hospital. I make it a routine to make sure everyone is properly buckled and ask the boys do they have their seat belts on before the car moves. Here is an article to help you determine if your child is in the right car seat.

For most of us, grabbing our gear and running out to the car and heading to appointments, play dates, work and daycare are a regular every day thing. When we have little ones, we put them in their car seat and buckle them up without a second thought to whether or not they are in the right seat. We trust that they are safe – and we go on our way.

Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States! Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But over half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes are completely unrestrained at the time of the crash.

Can you imagine? Thinking that your child is in the right car seat, only to find out that they aren’t!

So what do you choose? Infant, convertible, or booster seat? Finding the right car seat and installing it correctly is no easy task. Then there’s the question of when to transition your child to another type of car seat.

Step 1 -> Find the right car seat based on:

Step 2 -> Install your car seat correctly

Step 3 -> Register your car seat

Step 4 -> Get recall notifications on your car seat

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Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. By working with the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we hope to get out a message that will educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives.

Get this message out to your friends and family!

  • Twitter – Many parents do not realize their child is in the wrong car seat. Visit Safercar.gov/TheRightSeat and make sure your child is riding safely. #therightseat.

Facebook – Storks know how to keep kids safe. Do you? Visit safercar.gov/therightseat to know for sure that your child is in the right seat for their age and size. #STORKS #TheRightSeat

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom did not receive any compensation for this article. All opinions are my own.

New – Start Here

Welcome to my site. I’m are so glad that you stopped by. I know there are a lot of parenting blogs in the blogging world and I’m glad you stopped by mine. Being a mom of 3 boys I know there are many questions, tips, and struggles we face and have questions too. Parenting isn’t easy but it is worth it! As you can see I love to share helpful tips on raising boys, parenting, mom life, entertainment, and easy recipes for busy families.  

Below is a quick guide taking you to all of my posts under the categories listed below. 

Mommy Resources – Being a mom is one of the best feelings in the world. My kids are my world, which is why I feel as though there needs to be a special category on my blog. As you know, I have three boys who are my world. I want to share my tips, tricks, and passions of being a mother with you. With my Mommy Resources Page, we can grow together. No one should have to be a mommy alone! We all need a place we can go to learn tips and tricks. Guess what readers? This is it!

Parenting – We share the joys and struggles of raising kids.

Mom Life – Who knew to raise kids would be hard and not come with instructions. As moms, we need to stick together. Here you’ll find health and fitness tips, safety precautions, organization tips, beauty and more.

Raising Boys – This is where I share helpful tips and resources for raising boys.

Easy Recipes – Need a recipe to try with your family? Check out my many recipes that my family approves.

Helpful Tips – You can never have too many tips. We share parenting tips, kids tips, cleaning, organization, baking, home decor, crafts and much more.

Product Reviews – This is where we share our opinions on our favorite brands we love, anywhere from Baby Toys, Baby Products, Kids Products, Toys, Housewares, Accessories, Clothing, Shoes, Foods and much more.

Giveaways – Feeling lucky? Enter some of my giveaways. They can range from Gift Cards, Cash, Video Games, Toys, Jewelry, Clothes, Home Decor and much more.

Car Seat Safety Tips – This one is my favorite because having children or planning on having children this is a must to stop by and read up on. Car Seat safety is changing so much that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with. Don’t worry we will stay on top of all the latest updates and share them here.

Recalls – Same as Car Seat Safety Tips, Recalls happening it seems daily whether its the food we eat, clothes we wear, products we use, cars we drive. There always seem to be a recall on something but just can’t keep up with them all. Check back regularly for the latest updates on everyday recalls.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at southerncarolinafamily@gmail.com. I hope you enjoy your visit on Southern Carolina Family and hope you visit again soon! 

What’s New This Month On Netflix? #streamteam

 If you are just joining us I am a member of Netflix Stream Team where I receive the latest movies, shows, a year subscription so that I can share all them with you.


SEE WHAT’S NEW IN FEBRUARY 2016

A Picture of You (2014)

Estranged siblings travel to rural Pennsylvania to close the home of their recently deceased college professor mother and discover a shocking secret.

Armageddon (1998)

As a massive asteroid hurtles toward Earth, NASA’s head honcho hatches a plan to split the deadly rock in two before it annihilates the entire planet, calling on the world’s finest oil driller to head up the mission.

Better Call Saul: Season 1

The prequel spinoff to “Breaking Bad” follows the fateful career of small-time criminal attorney Jimmy McGill, whose questionable choice of clientele eventually leads him to become meth mogul Walter White’s morally bankrupt lawyer, Saul Goodman.

Charlie’s Angels (2000)

Three beautiful women who take on top-secret assignments for a never-seen boss use their looks, charm and martial-arts training to kick butt on the trail of stolen software in this flashy reboot of the classic 1970s television series.

Collateral Damage (2002)

Firefighter Gordon Brewer’s family is the “collateral damage” of a terrorist bombing in Los Angeles. When the U.S. government turns to peace talks with the perpetrators instead of justice for his family, Brewer heads to Colombia intent on payback.

Cruel Intentions (1999)

Quenching a thirst for dangerous games, promiscuous Kathryn Merteuil challenges her stepbrother to deflower their headmaster’s daughter before summer ends. If he succeeds, he gets to bed Kathryn. If he fails, she’ll win his most prized possession.

A Faster Horse (2015)

To celebrate the Ford Mustang’s 5th anniversary, an automotive engineer takes the beloved muscle car int the future while preserving its legacy.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Vietnam-era Marine recruits endure the grueling ordeal of basic training and later face the unrelenting Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive in this grim Stanley Kubrick drama based on a novel by Gustav Hasford.

Game Face (2015)

This documentary follows the struggle of transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox and gay basketball player Terrence Clemens for acceptance by their sports.

Jennifer 8 (1992)

A serial killer is targeting blind women, and a detective works to uncover the mystery with the help of a blind woman who’s the next possible victim.

Johnny English (2003)

There’s a Frenchman after the crown jewels and the throne itself — but not to worry, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is on the case. Well, actually … maybe a little worrying isn’t out of order, considering how clumsy Johnny can be! Luckily, his zeal more than makes up for his bumbling manner. Let’s hope that can help solve the crime of the century; if not, love in the form of double agent Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia) might.

The Little Engine That Could (2011)

A timeless children’s classic comes roaring to life in this star-studded animated tale of a train who overcomes every obstacle by repeating the words “I think I can, I think I can.” Along the way, he climbs new heights and finds new friends.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1

Expanding on the bloody and still-fascinating saga of Lizzie Borden, this fictionalized miniseries depicts the accused ax-murderer’s life in the years after her exoneration in the killings of her father and stepmother.

Losing Isaiah (1995)

After leaving her baby outside a crack house, a drug-addicted woman presumes him to be dead. Devastated, she enters rehab and cleans up her act. When three years later she learns he’s alive and has been adopted, she sets out to get him back.

Masha’s Tales: Season 1

Fairy tales get a funny twist when Masha retells them, because she tends to get the details just a little jumbled up in this animated kid’s series.

My Side of the Mountain (1969)

Embracing the spirit of 19th-century poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, 13-year-old Sam strikes out into a forested wilderness on his own. After finding the right sanctuary and building a shelter, Sam learns to embrace nature on its own terms.

Para Elisa (2012)

A recent graduate tries to earn money babysitting, but gets hired by a strange old lady to care for a deranged woman who sees her as a toy.

Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)

When Diancie a Pokémon said to create diamond travels to find Xerneas to help her make a heart diamond to save her home, Ash, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie help her to be safe on the way from thieves.

Pokemon: XY: Season 1

Join Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and all his Pokemon pals travel to Kalos to expand the local league to make new friends and evade the clutches of the Gym Leaders.

Scooby-Doo (2002)

In this live-action feature, Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma journey to Spooky Island, where a magical force is awakened that could spell doom for the human race. But the Mystery Inc. gang remains skeptical that there are any ghosts at work.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

In this live-action adventure, friends Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their canine buddy Scooby vow to put an end to a menacing scoundrel who plans to turn their town of Coolsville into the complete opposite.

Sin City (2005)

In these intertwined tales, an ex-con avenges a hooker’s death, a gumshoe gets mixed up with dangerous vixens, and a cop saves a dancer from a rapist.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Captain Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew on a mission to free kidnapped diplomats. Arriving at the planet Nimbus III, Kirk and crew come face-to-face with the captor: a smiling Vulcan named Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) who’s Mr. Spock’s half-brother. Obsessively searching for God, Sybok hijacks the Enterprise and sets a course for the center of the galaxy. The film marks Shatner’s directorial debut.

Stardust (2007)

To win his true love’s heart, wide-eyed Tristan Thorn journeys to a forbidden realm to retrieve a fallen star that has taken human form. But the star is being pursued by an evil witch and others looking to possess her celestial powers.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Lifelong friends Ricky and Cal have earned their NASCAR stripes with their uncanny knack of finishing races in the first and second slots, respectively. But when a rival challenges their records, they’ll have to floor it to retain their status.

Teen Witch (1989)

Awkward teen Louise Miller dreams of a date with the school football hero but is too shy to do anything about it — until she learns she’s descended from witches and uses her powers to become the most desirable girl at school.

Tin Man: “Search for the Emerald” (2007)

In this dark adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic, Midwestern waitress Dorothy is catapulted into the dangerous territory of O.Z., where she joins a band of misfits seeking to overthrow an evil sorceress and reinstate the land’s rightful ruler.

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)

Convinced that her birth mother is none other than country singing sensation Dolly Parton, spirited 11- year-old adoptee Elizabeth Gray rides away from home on her bike, hoping to get the truth from the Nashville superstar herself.

Land Before Time: XIV: Journey of the Brave (2016)

When Littlefoot’s father doesn’t return from a trip, the brave dinosaur and his pals set off on a rescue mission through strange new lands.

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

When Texas cop Steven Russell realizes he’s gay, he changes his life and pulls con jobs that land him jail, where he meets his one true love. When the man is transferred to another prison, lovesick Steven mounts a series of jailbreaks.

Love (2015)

A man in an unsatisfying marriage recalls the details of an intense past relationship with an ex-girlfriend when he gets word that she may be missing.

Care Bears & Cousins: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The whole huggable gang is back, bringing tales of caring and sharing to a new generation. And now the Care Bear Cousins are here to join the fun!

Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Amiable comic Hannibal Buress offers his self-assured opinion on subjects from hip-hop to steroid scandals and rock music to yoga pants.

Mad Men: Season 7: Part 2

Set in 1960s New York City, this award-winning series takes a peek inside an ad agency during an era when the cutthroat business had a glamorous lure.

Turbo: F.A.S.T.: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Join Turbo and his posse, the Fast Action Stunt Team. Filled with comedy, action and fun, this series amps it up to the extreme.

Lila & Eve (2015)

Two mothers each lost a child to a murderer on the same day. After meeting at a support group, the women join forces to conduct their own investigation of the crimes when law enforcement authorities fail to vigorously pursue either case.

Dope (2015)

In the tough neighborhood of the Bottoms, high school senior Malcolm sports his own funky style while working hard to gain admission to a top college. But his clean-cut perspective take an unexpected turn when a local drug dealer befriends him.

The Girl in the Book (2015)

As 29-year-old Alice Harvey is working hard to find herself as a writer, a secret she’s kept buried in the past resurfaces in the form of aging novelist Milan Daneker — who seduced Alice 15 years earlier.

The Face of Love (2013)

Years after the death of her husband, Garrett, Nikki begins a romance with Tom, a great guy who looks almost exactly like Garrett. As their relationship unfolds, fate seems to be delivering Nikki both a new start and a second chance.

Open Season (2006)

After saving a mule deer from a hunter’s clutches, a domesticated grizzly finds himself relocated to the wild — and unprepared for the real world. Can the furry pals make it to safety before open season starts?

XXY (2007)

Inés Efron plays Alex, an intersexed 15-year-old, in this compelling tale. Though she’s living as a girl, Alex and her family begin to wonder whether she’s emotionally a boy when another teenager’s sexual advances bring the issue to a head. As Alex faces a final decision regarding her gender, she meets both hostility and compassion. Director Lucía Puenzo’s sensitive drama co-stars Valeria Bertuccelli, Martín Piroyansky and Ricardo Darín.

Asthma (2015)

Trying to find meaning in his life, a despondent young drug addict steals a car and takes his tattoo artist love interest on a roadtrip.

Atonement (2007)

When 13-year-old Briony discovers a lustful letter and witnesses a sexual encounter between her older sister and a servant’s son, her confusion prompts her to finger the young man for a violent crime. Her half-truth changes their lives forever.

The Returned: Season 2

On returning home and finding they’re believed to be dead, a collection of near-strangers from the same village try to find a reason for their plight.

Cooked: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world.

Love: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

They’ve had plenty of romantic misses. But when a jaded Angeleno meets a nerdy guy, they may figure out this “love” thing. Co-created by Judd Apatow.

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3rd World Cops 2 (2015)

The lives of Freire and Salinas police are again wrapped problems. This time, they will be accused of a crime they did not comment and will become the most wanted men in the country.

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Bare (2015)

A free-spirited female drifter leads melancholy Sarah away from small-town boredom toward an enticing world of drugs and danger.

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Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! (2015)

The Marvel Heroes unite to try and stop Loki and the frost giant Ymir from conquering the world as the duo try to steal Santa’s powers to do so.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

In this sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” four Martial World heroes must keep the legendary Green Destiny sword from villainous Hades Dai.

Fuller House: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Full House adventures continue as D.J. Tanner-Fuller calls upon her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy to move in and help raise her three boys.

Theo Von (2016) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Known for always saying the unexpected and telling it like it is, even at the expense of offending, Louisiana comedian Theo Von returns home to film his first stand-up comedy special for Netflix at the Civic Theater in New Orleans.

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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

When longtime nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind thousands of photo negatives that she’d produced over the years. But the now-famous shutterbug’s unique body of work lay in storage until an amateur historian uncovered the trove.

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Ashes and Embers (1982)

A disillusioned, African-American Vietnam vet (Anderson) travels from Washington to Los Angeles to his grandmother’s farm in search of a better life—but is there a place for him? Ethiopian-American filmmaker (and LA Rebellion movement instigator) Haile Gerima’s Afrocentric survey of the American sociopolitical landscape is a potent mix of documentary realism, dreamlike narrative, and Godardian agit-prop.

*Disclosure: I was provided with a product and yearly subscription to Netflix. Come back every month to enjoy more family, kid-friendly movie listings and ideas on how you can enjoy too.*

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18 Car Seat Mistakes to Avoid

 18 Car Seat Mistakes to Avoid

1. Buying a used car seat without doing your research. Unless you are able to do serious research on a car seat. DO NOT buy it. The seat could be recalled, been in an accident or have other problems that you might not know about until it is too late. It is always best to purchase a new car seat for your child.

2. Putting your child’s car seat in the wrong spot. Your child’s car seat should always be placed in the back seat. It should never be placed in the front seat. If your childs seat was to be in front of airbag when it delpoyed, that would cause serious injury. The safest place for your child is the middle of the back seat if possible.

3. Putting your child’s infant car seat in the forward facing position. Infant only car seats should NEVER be placed forward facing. They are for rear facing only.

4. Letting your baby sleep in his/her car seat like a crib. You should never let your baby sleep in their car seat longer than necessary. In 2009 there was a study that showed that sitting upright in a car seat can compress a babys chest and lead to lower oxygen levels.

5. Incorrectly installing your car seat. You shouldn’t be able to move the seat more than an inch to the left, right or forward. If you can then the seat isn’t tight enough. To make sure your seat is as tight as can be you can place your knee in the seat and put all your weight into it while tightening the seatbelt. You should also always lock the seatbelt once you get it buckled in. You could always find someone in your town that does car seats installations and then you will know for sure it is safe!

6. Reclining your childs car seat at the wrong angle. If your rear facing seat leans too far forward, your babys head could fall forward cutting off their airway. Most car seats these days come with a level so that you can tell if your seat is in the correct position. But, if it doesnt then you can fold over a square piece of paper and form a triangle. Place the longest part of the triangle against the back of the car seat where your childs back rests. Eyeball the upper edge of the triangle. If it is basically parallel to the ground then you are okay. But if it is tilted either direction then you need to do some adjusting. 

7. Incorrectly buckling your child in his/her car seat. The chest clip is called a chest slip for a reason! It should be at armpit level resting across your child’s breastbone. NOT sitting any lower. It is there to make sure the straps stay in place. If the chest clip is down too low then the straps can easily slip off and your child can be ejected from his/her seat. You should also make sure that the harness straps are in the correct slot for your child’s height. The straps should be at or below the shoulders when rear facing. At or above the shoulders when forward facing. Make sure that the harness straps are tight as well. Using your thumb and index finger, pinch the strap near your child’s collarbone. If you can pinch any of the webbing, then the straps aren’t tight enough.

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8. Moving your child to a forward facing car seat too soon. It is recommended that you rear face until at least age 2. If you choose not to rear face that long then your child should be 1 year old AND weigh 20lbs before being turned forward. A lot of people think that once their child hits 20lbs they can be forward facing. THIS IS NOT TRUE! The bones that protect your babys spine are still forming. So even if they weigh 20lbs when they are 6 months old. Their bones are still those of a 6 month old. Keep your child rear facing as long as possible as it is the safest!

This is a great video to watch on why rear facing is SO important!

9. Keeping your child’s coat or other bulky clothes on them in their car seat. Always make sure to take coats or other bulky clothing off before strapping your child in to their seat. By leaving on the bulky coats/clothes it will create too much space in between your childs body and the harness. Even if you were to tighten it with the coat on, if you were to be in an accident that force would compress the coat, causing space and it would put your child at risk of being hurt worse in an accident. This applys to kids in booster seats as well.

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10. Moving your child to a booster seat before they are ready. Your child shouldn’t be moved to a booster seat until the car seatbelt fits them properly. Your child should be at least 4 years old and weigh 40lbs or more. The lap belt should lay flat on top of their thighs. It should NOT go across their stomach.

11. Using both the seat belt & latch system together. You should only use either the seat belt alone or the latch system. NEVER use them both together. Each system is tested seperately so there is no way to know how well the car seat would hold up during an accident if both are used. It is recommended that you use the latch system if possible as it holds the car seat in tighter than a seatbelt does. You shouldn’t be able to move your seat more than 1 inch to each side or forward. If you can then IT IS NOT TIGHT ENOUGH!

12. Not registering your child’s car seat. By not registering your child’s car seat you could be missing on on recalls. Make sure you register so that you are ALWAYS up to date on recalls!

13. Not using the tether. You should ALWAYS tether forward facing car seats. By attaching the tether to an anchor in the back of your vehicle, this will decrease how much your childs head will move in an accident by 6-8 inches! The less your child head moves, the less likely it is to hit something in your vehicle during a crash.

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14. Not using your child’s car seat consistently. “But we are just going right up the road” Did you know that most accidents happen within a few miles of your home? Your child should ALWAYS be secured in their car seat no matter how far you are going!

15. Using an expired car seat. Make sure that you always check the expiration date. Especially if you are buying a used car seat. Most car seats expire after 6 years from the manufactured date! If you can’t find an expiration date printed on your car seat, check your manual or call the manufacturer!

16. Using the car seatbelt too early. It is VERY important that you don’t skip the booster seat and move your child straight to using a seat belt alone. It can be very dangerous if your child is still too little for the car safety belt. If the seatbelt goes across your childs belly and neck incorrectly it can cause serious injuries in an accident. Your child has to be at least 8 years old AND 4ft 9in before they can be without a booster seat.

17. Placing your child’s car seat on the front of a shopping cart. Your car seat is made to snap onto a base and a stroller. Even though it may ‘snap’ into place on a cart it is not safe and not recommended! Placing your seat on top of the cart can make it top heavy which could cause it to easily tip over. Please place your childs seat in the basket of the shopping cart.

18. Using after market products in your car seat. This includes strap covers, head supports, etc shouldn’t be used. If it didn’t come with the car seat don’t use it. Using after market products actually voids the car seat warranty. Even if you think your baby looks uncomfortable I promise they will be ok. After all, they were crammed in your belly for 9 months!  If you’re worried about your babys floppy head you can roll up two receiving blankets and place on either side of your babys head. This doesn’t compromise the tightness or safety of the straps so it is safe.

If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comments! 

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