Child Safety: Tighten your car seats!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, December 20, 2020 | 2 comments
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I read all the posts a few weeks ago about the car seats kinda halfheartedly - I mean I'm NEVER going to be in a wreck - right?

Image: Safety Buckle Pro Seatbelt Lock and Seat Belt Locking Clip - Keep Children in car seat locked and tight – Stop Kids with special needs from unbuckle - Strong ABS Plastic Buckle Guard – Universal Fit
Seat Belt Locking Clip

Yesterday morning, for some reason, I decided I just had to tighten up the girls' seats.

I remembered someone saying how they basically climbed in, and used their knees to tighten them up as much as possible.

So I did that and took up about 2" from both of them.

Yesterday afternoon we were involved in a major wreck (to me at least).

My van is probably totaled, and the other car definitely is.

My middle daughter bumped her head because she had the shoulder belt behind her, but she's okay.

The car seats held firmly.

Image: Diono Mighty Tite Car Seat Tightner
Diono Mighty Tite Car Seat Tightner
My seat belt came undone somehow, and I ended up in the back with the kids.

This morning we are all bruised and sore.

So please don't ever ignore or brush off the importance of seat belts, and especially those car seats!

If not for them, my kids might be really hurt today!

Thanks to Ginger for this Frugal Baby Tip!

More Car Seat Info:

🚘 Buckle Up Basics

🚘 Car Seat Safety for Kids

🚘 Tips for Installing Child Car Seats



About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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  1. Teddi14 says:

    I have a lens about car seats and their safety... Good reading. Check it out at: Please let me know if I can add this link to my lens. Thanks, Teddi

  2. Yes, thanks , I would love it if you added Frugal Baby Tips to your lens.

    I checked out your car seat page, and found it very helpful. We will be buying car seats soon, and I appreciate having the resource.

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