Strap in for Safety

In The Car

  • A snug strap should not allow any slack.
  • It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging.
  • It does not press on the child's flesh or push the child's body into an unnatural position.
  • Chest clips should be positioned mid to upper chest area, near armpits. Shoulder straps fit snugly--can only fit 1 finger between harness and shoulder or use pinch test.
  • For the safest product use, be sure to read and follow all manufacturer's instructions and warning labels.
  • Lead by example. Make sure the whole family buckles up!

On The Go

Stroller Safety
  • All strollers come fitted with standard safety harness straps.
  • Use straps at all times, even if it’s a short trip.
  • Harness straps stop the child from climbing out of the seat and falling, and protects the child should the stroller tip over.
  • Safety straps should be used regardless of the child's age.
  • Many strollers feature a five-point harness system, which features straps that secure over each shoulder, at both sides of the waist, and in the middle of the legs.
  • It is important to always use all straps, not just lap straps or shoulder straps alone.
  • For the safest product use, be sure to read and follow all manufacturer's instructions and warning labels.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a stroller. Always keep them within view.
Carrier Safety
  • If you use a soft carrier, select one made of a durable, washable fabric with sturdy, adjustable straps.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for use, age and weight recommendations.
  • Be sure baby’s weight is evenly distributed in the carrier and all safety straps are secured.
  • Check for ripped seams, sharp edges, and missing or loose snaps.
  • Always keep one hand on baby when tightening/loosening straps for any reason or taking baby out or putting baby in. 

At Home

Swing, Infant Seat, and Bouncer Safety

If your baby responds well to motion, a swing or bouncer seat can provide comfort for baby and much-needed hands-free time for you. Many of today’s styles are functional as well as entertaining.

  • Babies should always be buckled into swings and bouncers.
  • Both use either a three- or five-point harness to keep baby as secure as possible.
  • For swings, use a five-point harness whenever possible to keep baby from climbing or rolling out of the seat.
Changing Table Safety
  • Always buckle baby into the changing pad. If your changing tray is on top of a dresser, be sure they attach to each other securely.
  • When changing, keep one hand on the child at all times, even when using safety straps and keep supplies within arm’s reach.

Mealtime

  • Always use safety straps whenever your child sits in the high chair.
  • Make sure the straps are well secured so that your child sits snugly and is not wriggling around in the chair.
  • The crotch strap prevents your child from slipping down.
  • Never allow your child to stand in the high chair.