Getting Ready For Baby w/ @EvenflobabyCA #carseatsafety

This time next week I will be a mom again to a newborn baby girl. It's been seven years since we've had a newborn in our home. So to say that I'm excited and nervous at the same time is an understatement. I know it will all come back to me as soon as I'm holding her.

Since it has been seven years since we were preparing for a newborn in our house, we had to make a checklist to make sure we had everything we needed for our little bundle of joy. So I was very excited when I was asked to be one of Evenflo's Ambassadors for their Car Seat Safety Program. I was quickly excited because not only will I be sharing information to you awesome readers of Just Us Girls about car seat safety, but I would also be learning myself as it's been a long time since I had a little one in a car seat.

 Part of the Car Seat Safety Program included a car seat of my choice. I decided on the Evenflo JourneyLite Travel System. What I love most about this car seat and stroller is light it is. Now, just because it's light doesn't mean that this won't protect your little one. 

It's very durable and strong, but I love that when I become a mom to a newborn again having a stroller and car seat with me again won't be a headache. I remember my son and daughter's travel system from when they were babies and it was always a pain not only carrying the car seat in and out of the car, but also collapsing and getting the stroller in as well. With the JourneyLite Travel System's push-twist and fold method to close up your stroller, I can tell you now that this isn't the case and that it's very easy to do.

 I also love that this travel system has everything that I need while the baby and I are out. There's lots of storage for me to put my keys, a cup holder for a water bottle for myself and bottle for baby and the storage basket under the stroller is big enough to not only fit the diaper bag, but also my purse and extra bags if we're out shopping.  

While setting up our travel system, I made sure to read the owner's manual of the rear facing car seat, not only to refresh my memory, but since it's been seven years I'm sure the requirements have changed. I know one thing I didn't know before is that car seats have expiration dates on them. Did you know that? Companies do this so that current owners and buyers know the potential risks of using car seats and booster seats that may be missing important parts, labels or instructions.

Here are a few other things I've learned listed below, just in time before the new baby arrives, thanks to Evenflo and their Infant Only Car Seat Usage Checklist:

  • The infant seat is designed to be used rear facing only.
  • Many parents/caregivers may be tempted to place the infant seat facing forward to allow them to view their child more easily. This is a serious error and places the child at significant risk of injury/death in the event of a crash.
  • Do not use the rear-facing seat above the weight or height limits designated by the manufacturer. Once the child outgrows the seat, move to a rear-facing convertible seat with a higher weight rating.
  • The harness needs to be snug to hold an infant down in the seat so he or she does not slide up in a crash and become ejected from the car seat.   

For more information about Car Seat Safety, be sure to check out Evenflo online and follow them on Twitter for more Safety Tips. Also be sure to check back in here as we'll be sharing more tips throughout the next few months as well.
Disclosure: I am a Evenflo Ambassador and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


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