Car Seats and Car Safety

Newborn / Baby Care & Feeding

Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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Car Seats and Car Safety

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children under the age of nineteen. Of the hundreds of thousands injured, many remain permanently disabled. Accidents are all too often caused by the carelessness of others. Ordinarily a parent’s arms are a very secure place for a child, but this is not so in a car. Even if you are wearing a lap and shoulder belt yourself, your baby could be wrenched from your arms by the violent forces of a  collision.

Beginning with the very first car ride—the ride home from the hospital—your baby should be secured in a crash tested safety seat. Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injuries by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. If you do not already own a child safety seat, you can learn more about approved safety seats by picking up a child safety seat brochure in our office or visiting the “How to Find the Right Car Seat” page at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats.
 
At a minimum, Colorado law states that babies must ride in the car-seat facing backwards until they are 12 months  old  and weigh at least 20 pounds. However, safety experts recommend that children remain in a rear facing “convertible” car seat as long as the car seat allows (at least 2 years) For a list of local car seat inspection services, see the Colorado Department of Transportation.

 

Written by Advanced Pediatric Associates

Reviewed October 2017

 

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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