When choosing anything for our kids, we often resort to the age-old mentality that expensive means the best.
Krystal Kleindon and her husband – both paramedics – have shed light on the simple test that will gauge the safety of your car seat. It turns out budget car seats may be just as effective as those boasting a hefty price tag with all the bells and whistles.
It can be daunting, overwhelming, confusing and just plain exhausting decking out your life for kids. Between finding the perfect cot, pram and car seat, it would be a welcomed relief if a salesperson would just tell you exactly which products to buy.
Krystal explains that while upgrading their 4-year-old’s car seat, they noticed a pattern in car seat safety from their experience as paramedics.
Paramedics have seen a lot of car crashes
With a combined experience of 20 years as emergency paramedics, Krystal and her husband have valuable insight into how kids’ car seats fare in accidents.
“We have been to more car accidents than you could imagine and seen more mangled car seats than I’d like to share.”
“We’ve seen car seats ejected from vehicles, we’ve seen cars that have rolled over so many times you can barely tell which way is up, we’ve seen accidents where you would be certain there would be no survivors.”
Krystal explains that the safety of a child in their car seat is far beyond what brand of seat you’ve chosen.
The one common denominator
Across all of the car accidents Krystal and her husband have attended, they have found one recurring theme.
“We have NOT seen a single child harmed in a car accident where the child was restrained in their seat properly.”
“But, it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on a car seat if you DON’T strap your child in properly.”
The answer lies in the straps
Krystal points out that there are many factors that need to be considered for a car seat’s safety. The straps play a massive role in ensuring our little ones are safely secured, she and her husband noted.
“The biggest difference between a child’s safety hasn’t been if they were in the $600 car seat or the $200 one. It’s been about those straps.”
“How tight are you making the straps on your child’s seat? Can they pull their own arms out of them? Can you only fit one or two fingers underneath them? Do they have a big puffy jacket on that stops them from being strapped in properly?”
The test? It is pretty simple: strap your kid in and flip their seat upside down!
Would you be confident in doing THIS to them? Would you be confident in turning your child upside down in their seat?
There you have it! If you can strap your kid in well enough to pass Krystal’s flip test, you’ve strapped your kid in correctly.
Now, onto our million other parenting dilemmas!