Apps for Parents: Car Seat Check
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 08:21PM
Dr. Barry in Apps for Parents, Car Seat, apps, car seat safety

I promise, I haven't forgotten about our blog readers - life has gotten a little crazy around our house, to say the least! I'm planning a series of posts on child safety topics (stay tuned!) AND in the market for a convertible carseat, and in the process of my research, I came across a new app from the American Academy of Pediatrics that I thought I'd share (Dr. Brown mentioned it in her previous post on new carseat rules for 2014). It's called Car Seat Check, and it's a great resource for all of those car seat questions that come up. 

To start, enter your child's age and height/weight to find out which type of car seat is recommended. From there, you can find a product guide for the various types of recommended car seats. It lists the name, weight and height limits, and an average price. You can sort any of those topics (by price might be most helpful). It took me a few minutes to realize that you had to scroll to the right to see all of the information for each seat. 

There's also various safety information included - ranging from installation help to travel tips to links to carseat recalls. There are several videos that help with installation (youtube works great too!) if you need some visual tips. Finally, they've included a list of FAQs that answers some common questions that come up.

The downside to this app is that it costs $1.99 (wish it was free). The comparison information is also available on the AAP website, which may be all that you need, but the interactive nature of the app is also nice. Keep in mind that the AAP is not endorsing any specific car seats, but instead is providing information to consider when purchasing a car seat, which is based on current AAP car seat recommendations. 

Car seats are life saving, but it can be confusing to figure out which one to buy and then how to install it. Take the time to ensure that the car seat you have is right for your child (you can always ask your pediatrician too). Also, make sure that your car seat is properly installed, as it can be tough to get them installed properly. Don't hesitate to find a Child Passenger Safety technician to help if you need it (the app can help you with that too)! 

Check out Dr. Brown's previous posts on new car seat rules for 2014 and rear facing guidelines for even more great information on car seats for your little ones!

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