Having a child is the most beautiful miracle in life, and when they arrive, your life will be invaded with Lego, Disney and a mountain of soft toys. Baby-proofing the home is something which is taught straight from the off, and is preached to every parent right from the first day. But what about making the car baby safe? Here are some tips to get you started…
A Safe Vehicle
Now, this is not to say that as soon as you get a new addition to the family that you must buy a brand new car, but there are some changes you can make to ensure your vehicle is the safest and best it can be. Consider installing new tyres, checking your airbag is functioning correctly, and you can buy parts online from sites such as PartsEngine which you can fit onto your car to give you peace of mind.
Installing Car Seats
Having a baby or child in the car means that you’ll need to install a child car seat to reduce the risk of injury while traveling. Once you’ve installed your car seat, you need to make sure that it is done correctly, because many parents don’t properly install them. You can contact people locally to come and check the seat and make sure it is ready for safe travel.
Block Out Harsh Sun
Exposure to harmful sun rays is another thing you want to avoid when traveling with a baby or child. Just as you would have sun visors in the front of the car to protect your eyes, you should also have some protection in the back for your child. Tinted windows are not enough to keep the sun out of the car and from burning your baby’s skin, so investing in a visor or sheet of some kind would be a better idea.
Never Leave A Child Unattended
Like animals, never leave a child unattended in a closed car. Young babies and children can overheat very quickly and are less able to cool their body down with sweating. If you are ever to park up with your child sitting in the back of the car; make sure you open the window slightly to reduce the risk of heat-related illness.
Keep it Clean
Cleanliness is the best way to ensure that your child doesn’t fall foul to any illnesses or ailments. The car is a bacteria breeding ground because it has constant contact with hands, feet and the outside world. Unknown dirt and germs are why is it incredibly important to keep your car clean and tidy. It might be worth investing in an inexpensive plastic sheet for the seats to make the cleaning process run a little faster. Also, make sure always to use child safe cleaners.
Lastly, and not strictly a safety issue is providing in-car entertainment for your child. Using a tablet to play your child’s favorite programs and films are all well and good until you run out of battery. Always keep a spare cable in the car so you can charge up the device and keep your child happy on any journey.