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Leaving hospital with your brand new baby for the first time.

At some point and time, this moment happens.
It is the single most overwhelming moment of a new parents life, after the actual birth and time spent getting to know the brand new life that just made their miraculous arrival. This single moment compares to a sensory overload and it’s the sudden realisation that things just got real, very real.

Over the years of assisting parents both new, repeat, carers, grandparents, and anyone else who has the responsibility of caring for a child.

The common threads between every case are:
“Am I doing it right?”
“Will my baby be safe?”
“This is just so stressful”
“This is scary”

One parent recently said to me “I admit before having baby I was one of those drivers that was always 5-10kms over the speed limit but driving home on the freeway bringing baby home I’m proud to say I sat 5-10km’s under the speed limit. It dawned on me that my child was in the back seat and I am solely responsible for their safety”

So how do you prepare for your first trip home?

1. Education is the key to life

Learning how to use your child’s car seat or capsule before you leave the hospital or home for the first time is essential.
Make sure you read the manual that came with your child’s car seat back to front, a few times, so as to soak in all the information given to you.

If reading isn’t your thing then Youtube videos put out by the specific brand should be able to assist. Britax (Safe-n-Sound) have amazing instructional video’s for new users of their products.

Other brands like Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st, Mothers Choice, infasecure,  Joie baby also have youtube channels you can watch for installation hints, tips and assistance.

If youtube videos aren’t your thing either, then book in with me for your car seat educational installation. I offer a range of appointments for you and am more than happy to drive to your home anywhere across the Perth Metro area for your appointment. Even if early mornings (not to early 😉 eeek ) or late afternoon/evenings suit, especially in Summer.

 

2. Book in to see a reputable, professional, accredited, highly experienced, independent, installer and car seat technician – to be sure, to be sure.

A professional highly experienced technician will take you right back to basics and discuss every little detail of how to correctly install and use your child’s car seat. These appointments shouldn’t be rushed. Make sure you ask how long they give you for their appointments and be sure you will be given ample time to soak in all the valuable information that will ultimately save your child’s life, if the worst were to happen.

PROFESSIONAL TECH’S SHOULD
a. Check the installation and correct, if required plus show you how the seat should be installed.
b. Show you how to use the harness correctly over your child.
c. Show you how to adjust the harness correctly now and as your child grows.
d. Show you how to maintain the installation and adjust, as your child grows.
e. Give you ample time to ask questions and answer them factually in alignment with what the manufacturers specify and best practice.
f. Not tell or speak mistruths or over-exaggerations of the truth.
g. Will show and give you hints, tips for easier use of the car seat.
h. DO NOT pressure you with sales tactics to upgrade to a better seat unless your restraint shows signs of wear, tear, damage, has been involved in a collision, has mould present or is over 10 years since date of manufacture.
i. Leave you feeling like you empowered and capable of tackling the re-installation of your child’s car seat yourself if you would like to try.

What do you need to make sure baby is travelling safely in the car?

1. Make sure the car seat or capsule you have chosen is suitable for your vehicle.
2. Make sure the car seat or capsule is installed correctly using the seat belt or isofix and top tether.
3. Make sure the angle of the restraint is correct
4. Make sure the infants harness is position correctly over their hips and torso.
5. Make sure the harness is firmly fitting and level with the shoulders, not below and not more than 2.5 cm above the shoulder.
6. Shoulder pads are okay to use with your infant. You can leave them on as they can help to support and position your infants head. Yes, they may be bulky across your child but they are designed for use with the capsule or car seat. in certain circumstances we may need to remove them but not in all circumstances.
7. Some car seats are not suitable for low birth weight or preterm babies due to their size. If you baby is LBW or PT please contact us to arrange a short term hire of a car seat or capsule until your child reaches a more suitable size for your car seat.

Installing and using babies car seat or capsule isn’t meant to be hard but the facts show that many are still getting it so badly wrong. At the end of the day it is your responsibility to make sure your child is correctly fitted into a correctly installed seat.

My job as a car seat installation technician is to make sure you get the help you need and the education you rightly deserve. I’m only doing this for one reason that is make sure children’s lives remain safe inside the vehicle and to save lives.

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Thankyou to all the parents who supplied photos for this blog xxx