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           For months, you have been very careful to keep your
           unborn child safe. Now it's almost time for your new baby's
           first ride home in a car. With a little planning and
           information, that first ride and every ride afterward can be                                                                     * Always face the seat and the
           safe and com- fortable for both of you.                                                                                          baby toward the rear. Never face
                                                                                                                                            the seat forward.
                                                                                                                                            * Always use a seat belt to anchor
                 Taking Your Baby Home                                                                                                      the car seat snugly. If the seat
                                                                                                                        belt won't hold the seat tight, put the car seat in
           You must have a car safety seat for the ride home from the                                                   another seating position. The belt must stay tight.
           hospital. You may use either an infant- only seat or a larger
           "convertible" car seat in the infant position. Buckle the                                             Some vehicle seats slope sharply. When the belt is pulled
           safety seat and the baby on the back seat of your car, beside                                         tight, a baby may be too upright and be unhappy. The baby's
           you. (Later, if you must drive alone, put the car seat and the                                        breathing could be impaired, also.
           baby beside you on the front seat.)                                                                   Use a rolled towel
                                                                                                                 under the car seat to
                                                                                                                 make it level and to
                                                                                                                 keep vour babv at a safe
                                                                                                                 and comfortable angle.                                  \




                    Intant            car   seat                      Convertible car seat
                      (Rear-facing)                              (Infant position: rear-facing)
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                                                                                                                 seat. You can use two rolled
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                                    Never            Carry     Your   Baby in Your    Arms!
                                                                                                                 You can also buy a "safety
                                                                                                                 collar" with holes for the
                                                                                                                 ness straps. This gives safe
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                                                                                                                 support beside the baby and
                                                                                                                 thin padding under the baby.
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                                       \\                                                                        collar is to keep a baby comfort-
                                                                                                                 able on a vinyl car seat in hot
                                                                                                                 weather. "


                                                                                                                 Do not use a "newborn car seat cushion" or thick padding
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           Pull the harness straps
                                                                                                                 under your baby. The harness straps will not fit snugly and
                                                                              Make sure thehamess
                                                                                                                 the baby will not be secure.
           over the baby's head.                                              is snug (only one
                                                                              finger of space).

           *Never let your baby ride with a loose harness or with straps
           off the shoulders. If you can put three fingers or more under
           the harness, it's too loose.




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Do NOT wrap your baby in a blanket before buckling                                                                        \   v
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The harness will not fit snugly.                                                                 LOCKING           CLIP




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                                                                                                    Most child car seatsare now sold with locking clips. Put the clip
                                                                                                    on the belt just behindthe latch plate. The belt will staytight.
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                                                                                Back-Seat Lap Belt With Emergency Locking Retractor
                                                                                This belt staysloose in nonnal driving and will not hold the seat
Instead, put a thin blanket                        Fold the blanket over the tightly. There is no way to make it staytight. Put your child's car
under the baby. Cut holes                          babv. Add another blanket seatwherethere is a belt to hold it tight.
for the harness straps.                            on top if neededin very cold
Thread the harness through                         weather.
the blanket holes. Put the                                                                          Automatic     Seat Belts
baby on top of the blanket.                                                                         Manv new cars have "automatic" seat belts in the front seats.
Buckle the harness.                                                                                 These belts move into position around you when you get into the
                                                                                                    car. Automatic belts will not \\'ork with child car seats. Ask your
                                                                                                    auto dealer for a manual seat belt to install on the front passenger
                                                                                                    seat. If you do not have a manual seat belt, buckle the baby only
                                                                                                    into the back seat.


An infant's car safety seat must be held very tightly in place                                        Air Bags
bya seat belt. Most seat belts in cars are meant to protect and                                       Cars with air bags for the front seat have lap belts for adults.1fthe
be comfortable for adults, not to anchor child car seats. So                                          lap belt for the passenger seat will hold the car seattightly, you can
some seat belt systems won't work with car seats.                                                     put the car seat there.

Lap-Shoulder Belt With Sewn Latch Plate


This lap-shoulder belt stays loose                                                                          6       Handling  a Baby's
in nornlal driving. In a sudden                                                                                     Special Needs
stop or crash, it will lock, but the
car seat may move much farther                                                                          If your baby has a problem
forward than is safe. Use another                                                                       and must stay in a flat posi-
seating position in your car.                                                                           tion, your doctor may tell
                                                                                                        you to use a special, gov-
Lap-Shoulder Belt                                                                                       ernment-approved "car bed"
                                                                                                        for a while. This will give the baby
This belt also stays loose in nonnal                                                                    much protection as a regular car se
 driving. With a special locking
clip, however, it can be used
with a car seat.

				
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