I’m not sure where the time went, but suddenly I am the parent of Tweens and everyday we face a new set of challenges that I haven’t faced before. As my boys get older and more independant, I have learned that we have to give and take a little to keep the peace. I get it, 11-year-olds really do know everything, and even though I allow him to make his own decisions on age-appropriate issues, there is one thing that I never compromise on, and that is seat belt safety. To help spread the word about seat belt safety and #KidsBuckleUp, we are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card so make sure to see below for details.
Seat Belt Safety
My oldest son has always been my child that I have made all of my mistakes on. Hopefully he will forgive me one day. 🙂 I didn’t realize it at the time, but I moved him out of a carseat/booster seat long before he should have been out. I went off of his age and thought he was big enough, but in reality he should have been in a booster seat much longer than he was.
Safecar.gov gives some great guidelines for knowing when your child is big enough to sit with a seat belt with out the booster seat. The time to transition out of a booster seat typically comes around ages 8-12 years. Basically, they should stay in a booster until they outgrow the size limits on the booster seats and are big enough to sit properly with a seat belt.
Here are somethings to ask yourself before moving your child out of a booster seat:
- Is my child tall enough to sit without slouching?
- Is my child able to keep his or her back against the vehicle seat?
- Is my child able to keep his or her knees naturally bent over the edge of the vehicle seat?
- Can my child keep his or her feet flat on the floor?
Some other things to know when moving your child to a seat belt are:
- The lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach.
- The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest, and not cross the neck or face.
- Never let a child put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind the back, because it could cause severe injuries in a crash.
- Keep your child in the back seat because it is safer there.
As your kids get older, they will push your buttons to see if you will give in. Never compromise on their safety and make sure that your #KidsBuckleUp. Help us spread the word about seat belt safetly and #KidsBuckleUp and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Entry is below.