Posting just because – it’s a crazy weekend for driving and it’s important to have the right equipment for your little one. We had a Safety1st infant seat and have tons of respect for the brand, so I’m happy to share these tips they sent to share with my readers.

With 34.8 million choosing to travel by automobile (the highest level since 2007, according to AAA), it’s more important than ever to ensure children are safe in the backseat. From car seats that provide full body safety protection to crash tested car storage for travel essentials, the below products from Safety 1st ensure children are safe for a fun-filled family road trip:

Car Seats

  • The Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 Air + infant car seat allows your child to ride rear facing from 4-25 pounds. It’s equipped with a 5-point harness, adjustable stay in the car base and Carry Curve™ Handle with an ergonomic design.
  • The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air +  convertible car seat ensures your child is safe from 5-65 pounds. Better yet, it meets the new requirements for the new 65 Pound LATCH rule.
  • The Safety 1st  BoostAPak is a belt-positioning booster, that’s also a backpack! To help make booster seat riding more fun for children, and easier for parent’s the BoostAPak provides on-the-go convenience and safety. Perfect for traveling, switching between cars, and it fits into an overhead plane compartment.

Anything not secured down is a potential projectile in the event of a crash or just stopping fast. No more to stretching or taking eyes off the road to find items stashed under seats!

Organizing the Car:

  • Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station easily installs into a car doors compartment, allowing parents to store tissues, wipes, lotion, and other essentials within arm’s reach.
  • The Safety 1st Just-In-Case Storage Station keeps travel essentials like diapers and toys safely stored in the car trunk eliminating the worry of car projectiles. The storage station secures to trunk floor with anchoring screws.

Want to know the latest in car seat safety? Here are some tips and rules by Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese

The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:

  • One that fits your child
  • One that fits your car
  • One that you will use correctly every time

You can accomplish this by:

  • Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store.
  • If possible have your child with you at the time of purchase
  • Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation
  • Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician

New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:

  • Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014 are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH
  • The combined weight should not exceed 65lbs
  • Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat
  • Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child
  • Know your child’s weight
  • If the combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs-install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt

Here’s to a safe and fun July 4th. May the need to wear elastic waist pants after too many hot dogs be your biggest concern this holiday weekend.

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