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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.
Can Everyday Noises Harm my Baby's Hearing?

Can Everyday Noises Harm my Baby's Hearing?

We all want the best for our babies.  We research the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the carseats that keep them safe, and just about anything else that impacts their day to day living.  

But what about the things we can't control.  We live in a fast-paced, rushed, active world today.  The environment that most babies are exposed to today is different that what their parents experienced when they were babies.  

AND IT'S NOISY!  So how loud is too loud for my baby's hearing?  The answer may surprise you.

Information from The Children’s Hearing Institute revealed the following:

Noise over 85 decibels is hazardous to your child’s hearing.
The Institutes Recommends avoiding noise over 80 decibels.

Common sources of noise to which babies are exposed include:

Ambulance sirens- 120 db
Motorcycles, firecrackers-120-140 db
Noisy toys- 90 db
Restaurants- 80-90 db
Alarm clocks, city street traffic - 80 db
Vacuum Cleaners- 70 db

Furthermore, according to a recent article in The Chicago Tribune, once a baby's hearing is damaged, it may hinder how they learn once in school.

So what is the solution?  Keep your baby inside and protected from our noisy world?  Avoid restaurants, noisy toys, and alarm clocks?  What if you could soften those startling sounds so that your baby stayed calm, comfortable and protected from high decimal noises?

HUSH Baby, LLC has an ideal answer.  The HUSH Hat is a sound absorbing baby hat that is great for when your baby is asleep and reduces the level of noise they hear when they are out and about with mom and dad.  Lightweight and comfortable, babies are calmer during long events because the lower noise level keeps them from getting overstimulated.  They go to sleep quicker and sleep more soundly when you get them home, too. Watch the HUSH Hat in action.

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