This post was sponsored by The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
If anyone knows me personally. you know how passionate I am about car seat and booster seat safety. Children being in your car safely is so, so important because of the amount of time we spend in our cars these days. Whether you’re driving to school drop-off, running errands, taking a day trip to the apple orchard to enjoy some family time — we are in the car A LOT!
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that many parents simply aren’t educated on proper seat safety for their children.
When we were in the process of earning our foster care license I was offered a chance to take a car seat safety class through a local hospital. I jumped at the chance to learn more about it since I really didn’t know much about children and seat safety in the car. It’s safe to say I learned A LOT. I was educated on things like how to properly buckle them, restrictions on clothing to wear, and learned weight and height recommendations of when to move my child from a car seat to a booster seat safely, plus much more.
I wouldn’t have known much of this if I hadn’t taken that class. Since then I have become very aware and passionate about my children being in the car safely as well as helping to educate other parents.
If you’re a resident of Michigan, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Patrol (OHSP) is on a mission to better educate parents of all walks of parenthood on proper booster seat safety.
OHSPis dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on Michigan roads through leadership innovation, facilitation and program support in partnership with other traffic safety professionals. They are working to be informative, trustworthy, steadfast, innovative, transparent, and courteous to all our residents in an effort to better keep our children safe.
Their hope is that spreading awareness for proper booster seat safety could decrease fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle crashes.
So let me ask you this — do you know the safety guidelines for booster seats?
My children are on average smaller than their age reflects them to be. My oldest at 5-years-old weighs in at a whopping 34 pounds and stands at 41 inches (3’5 feet). So he is far away from being in a booster seat. Same with my 4-year-old who is just below him at 32 pounds and 39 inches tall. Again, far, far away from being in a booster seat any time soon. They have several pounds and inches to grow before they have outgrown their harness car seat.
When To Move Your Child To A Booster Seat
Here are some things I’ve learned about WHEN they will be able to move to a booster seat:
- When your child has maxed out the height and weight limits on their car seat they are safe to move to a booster seat after the age of 4 years old.
- If your child is big enough to sit with the seat belt crossing their hips and collar bone.
- Your child is mature enough to sit properly in their booster seat without wriggling around while the car is moving.
When To Move Your Child To A Seatbelt
Some other points to keep in mind if your child is already in a booster and you’re wondering, “When can we get rid of these?”:
- If your child is under 4’9, they’re not tall enough to ride in the car without a booster seat.
- Even if your child seems mature enough, adult seat belts don’t fit or protect children shorter than 4’9″ the way they are made to.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone. For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.
- Michigan children ages 4-7 have a low rate of booster seat (49.7 percent) use. Research suggests parents underestimate the risk and/or are unfamiliar with or confused about child passenger safety best practices.
I encourage every parent to check out the OHSP’s site for more information on when your child is ready to move to a booster seat. Our children’s lives and safety depend on it!
Go here for more information: http://goic.io/BySxab
Or find them on social media for fun videos and quick tips!
- Michigan OHSP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miohsp
- Michigan OHSP on Twitter: https://twitter.com/miohsp
- Michigan OHSP on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OHSP
So how old was your child when you moved them to a booster seat? Did you know about the age and height requirements? Looking forward to this conversation with you all!