How Do I Get My Vehicle Ready for a Child?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Man putting baby in car seat

How to Prepare Your Car for a Baby 

If you are a new parent or will soon be welcoming a new baby, you may be wondering how you can begin to get your vehicle ready for a child. Whether you will be driving with a newborn baby, toddler, or young child, there are a few things you must do in your vehicle to ensure that they are kept safe while riding in your car. This guide from Big Shoe Auto Sales is here to give you a few steps on how to prepare your car for a baby. Check out our tips below!

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5 Steps for Baby-Proofing a Car 

Baby being buckled in car seat
  • Correctly Install the Car Seat – Purchasing the right car seat is just half of the first step to baby-proofing your vehicle. Not only do you need to find the seat that is right for your child, but you must install it correctly too. Be sure to consult the seat’s documentation for proper installation and consider visiting a local car seat inspection location to ensure it is correctly installed.  
  • Clean the Cabin and Remove any Hazards – Before bringing your baby home for the first time, consider getting your vehicle’s interior detailed. Remove any clutter to keep it from becoming hazardous in case of an accident. Giving your car a deep clean will remove any lingering germs and will also keep items out of your child’s reach.
  • Keep a Baby Car Kit in the Car – Pack any essentials your child may need while on the road and keep it in your vehicle. This may include wet wipes, diapers, clothing, changing pads, cups, etc.  
  • Engage the Window and Door Locks – If your child is a bit older and can reach the door handle, engaging the window and door locks can keep both from accidentally being opened. Keeping the rear door child locks engaged will keep your rear doors from being accidentally opened while on the road. These locks keep the doors from being opened from the inside, so you don’t have to worry about your child pulling on the door handle if it is within their reach.  
  • Secure Unused Seat Belts – An unbuckled seat belt can be a strangulation hazard for young children. The best way to keep belts from being a hazard is by buckling the unused belt into its buckle. Once buckled, pull the shoulder strap all the way out and slowly release it back in to engage the locking mechanism. Now when the strap is pulled it should be locked tight. 

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Baby-proofing or child-proofing your vehicle in just a few easy steps can help keep your child safe inside your vehicle and give you peace of mind while behind the wheel. This guide is here to help you prepare your car for a baby or child so that you can keep your child safe while on the road.  

Are you looking for a family-friendly vehicle? Head over to the Big Shoe Auto Sales inventory page to view our current lineup of pre-owned cars and SUVs.  

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