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Car Seat Safety 101

Car Seat Safety 101

Proper Installation

Read the owner’s manual to ensure that your baby seat is correctly installed and secured. While it might be a hassle to read all the directions, it’s worth it if it could save your child’s life. After installation try pushing and pulling to ensure that it is in fact tightly secured. The seat should not move more than an inch.

Rear Facing

Keep your baby rear facing as long as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep your child rear facing until their second birthday because it protects their head, neck, and spine better if you were to get into an accident.

All baby seats have height and weight guidelines. A lot of people say to switch to a convertible seat once your child has reached age 1; however, the correct guideline is to check the space between the child’s head and the shell of the seat. If there is less than an inch of space then your child is too tall and it is time for a new seat. Don’t worry about your child being too tall for a rear-facing seat. Even if their legs are crisscrossed it is safer for them to be rear facing.

"Pinch Rule"

“Pinch Rule” can be used to help you determine if your child is safe to wear their coat while being buckled into the car seat. When you loosen the straps to make room for the coat you may create too much space and your child could slide around more than they normally would. You should not be able to pinch any material on their clothes between their shoulder and the strap buckle. If you can, there is too much slack.

If your infant is too small and slouches down in their car seat you can roll blankets and place them on each side of your infant. Be sure not to place any padding or blankets behind your child, or a car seat insert unless it came with the car seat you are using.

Extra questions to ask yourself:

  • Does the seat fit in your car?
  • Are you comfortable using it every time you are in the car?
  • Is my child safe if I were to get into an accident?
  • If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be time for a new car seat.
10 Must Have Items When Traveling With a Baby

10 Must Have Items When Traveling With a Baby

  1. HUSH Hat – HUSH Baby

The HUSH Hat is a sound-absorbing hat for babies. It’s perfect whether you’re flying or driving to your destination. In a small cabin in the airplane it can become very noisy with all the people and children crammed in a small area, as well as the loud engine.  The HUSH Hat will help your baby sleep through it all. You don’t have to worry about your baby crying and people giving you dirty looks. While driving the HUSH Hat will also help keep your baby asleep so you don’t have to constantly stop to console them.  Noisy siblings - no problem - the HUSH Hat will allow your baby to sleep through it.

  1. Lotus Everywhere Crib – Guava Family

The Lotus travel crib is easy to take with you because there is no frame, it is lightweight, and you can pack it into its carry case that also turns into a backpack. It takes 15 seconds to put together and even has a zippered side door to make it easy for your little one to get in and out.

  1. LugBug Carseat Handle - LugBug

The LugBug is a handle that clips onto your car seat carrier. It makes carrying your little one around so much easier, less painful, and offers a much more comfortable carrying position. It is lightweight and exceptionally strong.


  1. Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow - My Brest Friend

This portable nursing pillow is easy to inflate and deflate. It lays flat and can easily fit in a diaper bag or purse. It is very lightweight and brings the familiarity of home on the go.

  1. Refresh-A-Baby Water bottle adapter – Refresh-A-Baby

Refresh-a-Baby is a universal water bottle and beverage adapter that makes any drink suitable for a baby to drink from. They offer a baby bottle top and a sippy cup version for toddlers.

  1. Flyebaby Infant Airplane Hammock – Flyebaby

The Flyebaby infant seat attaches to the seat in front of you on the airplane to create a baby hammock. It can also turn any chair into a highchair to feed your little one. It is lightweight and portable.

  1. Pronto Changing Station – Skip*Hop

This portable changing station is extra wide and easy to wipe clean. It can hold up to 4 diapers and even comes with a wipe case. It all can fold up into a convertible clutch that you can easily put inside a diaper bag or clip to your stroller.

  1. Take-Along Mobile – Tiny Love

This on-the-go mobile can attach to your baby’s car seat, pack and play, bassinet, or stroller. It plays 30 minutes of music with 5 different tunes.

  1. Simple Squeeze Kit – Infantino

The Simple squeeze kit is the perfect on-the-go baby snack. You can make your own baby food and put the puree in their convenient food pouches. The pouches are dishwasher safe and you can buy an attachable spoon to make feeding your baby while traveling even easier.

  1. Solly Baby Wrap – Solly Baby

The Solly baby wrap is an easy way to carry your baby close to you. It folds up so small and can fit easily in a diaper bag or purse and makes the perfect carrier for traveling.

Autistic Children can have Extreme Hearing Sensitivity

Autistic Children can have Extreme Hearing Sensitivity

According to the Autism Society, 1 in 68 births in the United States will bring a child into the world with some degree of Autism. Incidence of autism increased 119.4% from 2000 to 2010, and is the fast growing developmental disability in America.  While these children are beautiful gifts as are all children, they come with a special list of needs that are critical to their development.

One of the most common symptoms of Autism is extreme noise sensitivity.  Autistic children can often hear things well before non autistic children or their parents can catch the sound.  Imagine your child hearing a school bus a half mile away.  Sounds like a superhero power, until you imagine what that might sound like when its 30 feet away.  Sadly, everyday noises can cause extreme pain, noise paranoia, screaming fits, and anxiety.  

Specialists have found that there are 5 common types of noise sensitivity in autistic children.  They are Hyperacusis, Hypersensitive hearing of specific frequencies, Recruitment, Phonophobia, and Misophonia.  Each has its own particular set of impacts, but they all have one thing in common-they make everyday noises traumatic for children.

Experts have traditionally recommended noise canceling headphones as the best solution available, but admit that children often become dependent on these and then have more trouble developing language skills because they are blocked out from hearing others speak.  They are unsuitable for sleeping, as well.

HUSH Baby, LLC has another solution.  The HUSH Hat is a sound absorbing Infant Hat that will soften harsh sounds. With 4 sizes available, they will fit newborns to age 2.  The HUSH Band will help children from age 2 to age 6. Both of these products utilize a medical grade specialty foam, sewn into the hat/band that, through vigorous testing with Owens Corning Labs has been engineered to allow lower decibel sounds through but to filter out louder sounds.  They are comfortable enough to wear while asleep and when out and about, and are soft and lightweight.  While The HUSH Band won't be available on our website until late April, you can find The HUSH Hat at  

HUSH Baby, LLC has a heart for these special children and has donated HUSH Hats to local Autism centers.  We want to help you, too.  When ordering, enter the coupon code GREATKIDS15  for a 15% discount off your order.

The HUSH Baby family of products offers quiet comfort in a noisy world.

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