Car Safety Tips for WAHMs With Toddlers
When you’re a work-at-home mom, they might as well call you a “supernatural wonder” because being a housewife is already a full-time gig without managing a career on top of it. Plus, if you have a toddler to watch, you definitely deserve a medal of honor.
Of course, when you are a woman balancing so much, there are going to be times when you’ll have to take your toddler out with you to run errands and perhaps, even for meetings. Sometimes, in the midst of all of the hustle-and-bustle, it can be easy to not be as thorough as you should when it comes to things like car safety tips. That’s why we’re here: to remind you of five of them that you absolutely should not forget:
Place the seat correctly. Virtually all parents know that they are legally obligated to have a car seat for their toddler; however, that doesn’t always mean that they know how the seat should be placed. Until your child is two and 35 pounds, it is best to place them into a rear-facing position. After that, you can put them face-forward until s/he is four or between 40-65 pounds.
Buckle them in. There are a lot of mistakes that happen on an annual basis, simply because a child was not buckled in correctly. Therefore, make sure that you have followed the manufacturer’s directions for installing the seat; that you put your child in the middle of the back seat (away from passenger airbags); that make sure the straps are tight; that you put your child in some comfortable clothing; that you prop them up securely and that you make sure that their toys are securely attached to the sides of the seat (so that you won’t be distracted by them throwing them around).
Watch their fingers and arms. While power-operated windows are convenient for adults, to be able to make windows go up and down with just a little push, is actually more like fun to a toddler. It can also be a potential hazard if they happen to get their fingers or arms caught in a window during the process. That’s why it’s a good idea to have the windows locked in the back so that they are only accessible to the driver in the front.
Be careful with the snacks. If in the midst of all of the other things that you have to do, it’s time to renew your insurance policy and you’re shopping around for some insurance quotes online, under the website’s “tips” section, they may mention that it’s not the smartest idea to give your toddler snacks while you’re driving. This is mostly due to the fact that they could potentially choke while you’re not in the position to immediately assist them. Therefore, if it’s an absolute must that you do (such as they missed a meal or they have low blood sugar), try sticking with things like crackers or dry cereal, with a spill-proof cup for them to drink out of.
Do not leave them alone in the car. Unfortunately, we all have read far too many stories about young children who were left in a hot car and died of a heat stroke or were left unattended and abducted. The “only couple of minutes” that you’re taking to run into a store or office building is all that’s needed for a serious tragedy to strike, so make sure that you take your toddler with you, wherever it is that you are going at all times.
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