For the past nine months, your baby has been traveling in the safety of your womb. Now it’s time for the real world. All babies must be secured in a car seat for the best protection when you’re on the road.
Geisinger encourages you to attend one of our monthly car seat clinics. You can learn about the different types of seats and their corresponding child weights, and have your car seat installed properly by our staff. Call Carelink at 1-800-275-6401 for an appointment.
Remember, don’t buy or borrow a used car seat, as small cracks could have developed.
Here are other key tips for baby’s first ride home
- Car seat must ALWAYS be in back seat, NEVER in front seat
- Seat must be correctly facing the rear of the back seat
- Harness must go through the slots so that the beginning point of the straps are even with or below the infant’s shoulders
- Chest clip should be at child’s armpit level
- Seat should not move more than one inch side to side or front to back
- Air bags near car seat should be deactivated
- Seat should be angled so that baby’s head stays in contact with the seat and his airway stays open
- All other riders should be buckled up