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As a new parent, there are a number of lifestyle changes you must make ahead of time. As well as baby proofing your home, you should also baby proof your car. Continue reading to find out how to baby proof your car and ensure the interior and exterior of your vehicle is safe for the arrival of your little one.
Install a sun visor
Your baby’s eyes are sensitive to light. As a result, you must ensure they are protected from any bright or sudden lights that may impact their rate of development. Installing a sun visor is a great way to protect their peepers from harsh UV rays and warn fellow drivers that there is a baby on board. There is no universal timeframe, but most experts recommend installing a sun visor until your baby is a toddler or until their eyes are fully developed.
Invest in a seatbelt cutter
When it comes to baby proofing your car, prevention is key. By investing in a seatbelt cutter, you can relax knowing you are prepared in the event of an accident or emergency. Costs can differ but you can’t put a price on peace of mind. A seatbelt cutter can also be used to break windows to provide emergency access or free passengers following a minor or major road traffic collision.
Choose a suitable car seat
Sourcing and installing a suitable car seat is no mean feat. You must weigh up the pros and cons of each model before making an informed decision. To choose the right car seat for your children, familiarise yourself with which type of car set your baby requires and research reputable manufacturers in your local area or online, such as Buggy Baby car seats. You must also make a note of the size, age, and height of your child as well as the dimensions of your car. Once you have chosen the right one, you must install it according to the relevant safety instructions and test it for suitability.
Hang a rear-facing mirror
As you’re driving, it can be difficult to concentrate on the road as well as your child in the back. A rear-facing mirror can allow you to glance at your baby and ensure they are safe and secure without taking your eyes off the road or stopping the car. If your baby is in a rear-facing car seat, it must be installed on the back seat. You must also ensure it is installed in a way that allows you to see any approaching vehicles or hazards in your rear-view mirror.
Aside from baby proofing your home, baby proofing your car should be one of the first steps you take as a new parent. There are a number of ways you can do so. For example, install a sun visor, invest in a seatbelt cutter, choose a suitable car seat, and hang a rear-facing mirror. By ensuring the right precautions are in place, you can relax knowing your baby is protected from various internal and external risks and threats.
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