Amid the excitement of a new baby is enormous responsibility and the need to prepare before the little one arrives. As you baby proof your home, you do not want to forget about the car. Consider making the following changes to your vehicle before the baby arrives.
One of the most important additions to your car is a car seat. For a newborn, you will need a rear-facing car seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping your baby in a rear-facing seat until he or she is 2 years old or no longer fits the maximum height and weight requirements for the seat.
You will have to do research to find the best car seat for your vehicle and family. Most experts recommending buying a new seat instead of a used one since they can get damaged and have expiration dates.
A good car seat can cost several hundred dollars, so you want to make sure the investment is protected. Depending on your coverage, you will need to ask your car insurance company to see if they will cover the cost or replacing a new car seat if something happens, such as an accident or robbery.
Back Seat Baby Mirror
Although it is not as important as the car seat, a back seat baby mirror can help you keep an eye on your child while you drive. The mirror helps you see what is happening in the back of the car due to its curved or convex shape. Since your newborn will be in a rear-facing car seat, the mirror will make it easier to check on him or her.
Usually, you attach the mirror with Velcro or other types of straps to the back seat headrest. There are many back seat mirror options for you to choose from, but you want to focus on a shatterproof design. Mirrors that are safe will indicate they are crash proof because they will not shatter in an accident. You do not want glass shards flying near your baby.
Car Window Tints
You know that you will never leave your child in the car alone, but you still want to make sure that the temperature is comfortable while you are driving. Car window tints can decrease the amount of sunlight that enters the car and help lower the temperature a little. You can find DYI tinting kits or hire a professional to do it for you.
You may want to avoid installing car window covers since they can come off easily during a crash and land on a child. A growing baby may also be able to pull down some car window covers that are not attached well.
From loose change in the back seat to enticing candy wrappers on the floor, there are many things that growing babies can discover in a vehicle and put in their mouths. Although there is a chance the baby will make a mess, it is still important to clean the entire car before he or she arrives.
Consider having the car professionally cleaned before the baby arrives, so there is no chance of you missing anything that could become a problem. This is a good time to deep clean and get rid of any potential germs. Make sure you keep clutter out of the vehicle and away from the baby in the future.
Car Seat Covers
Although most people think of car seat covers for their pets, new parents should also get them. Today, you can find car seat covers in many colors and styles. You will want a durable cover that fits well. Keep in mind that you do not want to purchase a cover that is loose and is easy to remove for a baby.
Another thing to keep in mind is how you will install a car seat and any necessary restraints on top of the cover. You want to make sure that it will not pose any problems and will allow you to safely transport your child in the car.
Most new parents know they will need to carry a diaper bag with them once they leave the house. However, it is a good idea to keep a baby kit in the car in case of emergencies. Similar to a first aid kit or car emergency kit, the baby kit should have all the essentials for your child.
A typical baby kit will include extra diapers, wipes, cloths and clothes. Some parents also like to add water, snacks, medicine, ointments, trash bags and other items to the kit. You should personalize the baby kit to make sure it has the things you are likely to need for the baby.
Before the baby arrives, take your vehicle to the mechanic’s shop and get a full inspection. The last thing you want to happen is a problem while the baby is with you in the car. A full vehicle inspection does not cost a lot of money and could identify potential issues.
Most full vehicle inspections include a battery check, tire pressure check, tire depth check and alignment check. The mechanics will also look at your suspension, exhaust, brakes and other parts of the car. The inspection will reveal problems and offer advice on how to fix them. You should get a list of what the mechanic finds with estimated costs.
If you have an older vehicle, it is even more important to get a regular inspection as parts wear out over time. You may not be aware of any issues until it is too late, and you are stuck on the side of the road with a wailing infant in a car seat.
The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for a family, and it means many changes are up ahead. You want to make sure your car is ready for the baby. Consider these items as you prepare for your child.