Important Tips from KidzSeatz!
*** Keep your child rearfacing until they reach the maximum height or weight of their convertible car seat ***
We specialize in teaching YOU how to correctly use and install your child's car seats. Passing on up to date information, backed by written documentation from the National training information. We teach you how to fit carseat to car and child to car seat. Our parents are confident and understand the dynamics of a properly installed car seat. If parents become stranded or forget, we are here for them! We assist parents in choosing the next seat for their specific needs as well as new cars to help insure everyone fits the new car and seat.
Car seats don't just snap in and children dont just fit every seat. Not knowing how to use your child's seat properly
can cause needless injury or death in any survivable crash. With vehicles remaining the number one killer of children under 16 years old
and carseats with a staggering 95+ percent faulty installation/usage rate, everyone with children under 4'9" tall, needs a carseat class!
(the numbers listed by the NHTSA, and other sites on faulty car seat usage refer to ALL people with children, not new expectant parents only).
There have been people who ask for their seat to be installed without the tutorial. We discourage that for several reasons. If you just pay someone to install your seat, what you have learned is to simply pay someone when the seat needs to be adjusted or reinstalled. We do have several clients who prefer this service, but someone in the household recieves the tutorial and everyone handling the baby in the chair learns hands on how to safely harness the baby. There is too much misinformation passed around out there for KidzSeatz to assume knowledge of proper usage and harnessing and we leave NOTHING to chance. Some babies need a car bed to start with and not a car seat, we can help you decide which is safest for your baby's needs. (See American Academy of Pediatrics web site for more information www.aap.org).
It is the recent intent of the NHTSA and Safe Kids for all Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialists or Techs to be an educational service and not merely an installation service. In this arena, KidzSeatz is years ahead of everyone else. If you could only take ONE class for the safety of your baby/child... THIS IS THE ONE!
Contact us for more information for Pediatricians, parents and caregivers. Rearfacing in a correctly installed car seat protects your child's head and neck from spinal damage that cannot be repaired. At www.injuryprevention.bmj.com is a report called "Car safety seats for children:rear facing for best protection" presents the facts and numbers and reasons why we strongly discourage turning babies forward facing until they max their seats by height or weight. Articles in Pediatrics 2008 as well as www.aap.org call for parents to keep babies rearfacing as long as possible.
Private or group training for proper car seat installation and more!
We are a One-Of-A-Kind service for child car seat installation. Because of this fact, we have no competition.
Our services run the gamut from quick inspections to complete training sessions, either on site or house calls. KidzSeatz trained clients know their car seat is installed correctly and more importantly, they can re-install it correctly, travel with it and harness their precious babies in the seat…THEMSELVES. They know when, where and how to properly use their car seat and if they forget, we are here to answer their questions or fix any situation.
Not eveyone wants to be trained. Some people prefer having their seats installed and periodically checked by KidzSeatz. We often install seats in rental cars for vacationing families as well as our local families. Our premier service is quick and confidential.
Our services have also been requested to provide technichal advice for the Television and Film industry.
We offer gift certificates, car shopping, car seat shopping. We do not sell car seats or endorse manufacturers, but do pass on vast amounts of knowledge and resources that apply to your particular needs.
Surprisingly, with all the new technology, our vehicles are still the number one killer of everyone in the USA under 16 years old. Yet day in and day out, people are not only putting car seats in themselves without any certified inspection, but allowing uncertified people to install their seat in person or via the internet-where there is so much misinformation. Is it any wonder why more than 90% of ALL car seats are installed incorrectly?
Thankfully, some things are beginning to change. Capable dads telling other dads to go through the installation training! (See our testimonial pages). Families realizing that more focus needs to go to the certified installation, getting the right car and the right seats. Multiple child seats? That is always difficult, but not impossible. We have many families of multiple child seats driving around safe and sound.
Amazingly, parents used to spend more time and effort choosing their stroller than installing the child car seat. Knowing that children, car seats and cars are NOT one size fits all warrants more technical training. We explain everything to you so you understand what happens and why and train you until you are comfortable with how it all works! After all, you are the most important people in your baby's life. We would just like to help you get started on the safest path possible!
Gone are the days of the kids piling in the back seat or back of the station wagon, sleeping with blankets and pillows sprawled out while mom and dad drove around. Today, our cars and our car seats are much more safety oriented and complex. Your baby will not be out of a restraint until they are 4'9" tall! Babies should not be forward facing until they are at the maximum height and weight of your convertible seat.