Using LATCH For Your Carseat @EvenflobabyCa #CarSeatSafety

My daughter is now three months old. Wow, time has flown by these last few months and I've been enjoying it so much. I forgot what it was like having a little one in the house since my older two are nine and seven.

These last few months have been pretty busy for us. We're constantly in the van going from place to place. With doctor appointments, dentist appointments, the kid's after-school activities and going to family gatherings, I'm trusting that my van will get my family and I from place to place safely.

So I do my part and make sure that all three of my kids, including myself are in our seats safely and correctly. My daughter is no longer in a booster, but I make sure that she wears her seat-belt on correctly and although my son hates it, I still buckle him in his booster seat to make sure it's on right. With the baby, after making sure she is buckled in her car seat safely, all I need to do is make sure she's clicked into the car-seat base since we use the LATCH to make sure the base is secure on the seat.

LATCH, which stands for, "Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren”, is designed to make proper car seat installation easier for parents. LATCH is standard in all cars manufactured after September 1, 2002. This eliminates the need for the use of seat-belts to secure the car seat in your car. This is actually our first time having the anchors because when now have a 2010 Dodge Caravan and with our first two kids, we had a 1998 Jeep Cherokee and had to use the seat-belt to keep our base strapped in.

The single lower attachment strap on most convertible child restraints must be switched to utilize the correct path for rear- and forward-facing positions. It's very important to make sure that the strap is in the correct location and not twisted. If your LATCH attachments do not reach the vehicle hooks they are probably in the wrong position. For specific instructions on how to use your child restraint's LATCH system, refer to your owner's manual.

For more information about LATCH and Car Seat Safety, be sure to check out Evenflo online and follow them on Twitter for more Safety Tips.

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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