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The holidays are just around the corner and that
means strapping in the kids for rides to grandma’s house.
Well, I hate to break this to you, but you’re
doing it wrong. Who says? No, not your mother.
According to a recent study from the Oregon
Health and Science University Hospital, 93 percent of new parents make at least one mistake “when positioning their infant in a
car safety seat or when installing the safety seat in their vehicle.” That’s,
like, almost everybody! Geesh! Can I get a break here?
Of course car seat safety is important and
there’s a right way to do it.
We insert, strap, snap, buckle and lock our children into position — only
satisfied our child’s safety is secure when their movement is limited to blinking.
But can we all just take a moment to remember
that childhood car safety wasn’t always so great? My parents, like other parents of the '70s — and their predecessors — relied on Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to protect us
in a moving car. “Survival of the Fittest,” that’s how we we rolled (literally).
It may surprise you to discover that the
earliest car seats weren’t even engineered with safety in mind. They were built
to make your little tyke’s trip more enjoyable and to keep them occupied.
So before you go scolding yourself for putting
your child at risk, because the chest strap is an inch too low, I present
these reminders of our own parent’s poor judgment to help you feel better — and
to use against them at holiday dinner.