LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Deb Blake, R.N. with Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, said selecting the right car safety seat for your child can be overwhelming. The bottom line is to find an approved seat that fits your budget and properly fits your child.
Parents should make sure the car seat is in good condition. Another thing to check, if you are using one from a previous child, make sure the car seat is not expired. Car seats typically expire after six years, said Blake.
Installing the car seat can also be tricky. The make and model of your vehicle can affect how easy the car seat is to install. Sometimes you'll need something extra, like a towel or even half of a pool noodle, to make the seat level. There is usually a device on the side of the car seat that shows whether or not the seat is level.
If you're having trouble or want the piece of mind knowing your child's seat is installed properly, the Kathryn Weil Center is hosting a free car seat check on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. at its office in Lafayette. The Kathryn Weil Center is now located in the Bill Long Medical Arts Building at 1415 Salem Street. Car seat checks are offered by appointment all year round but on Saturday, drive ups are welcome. Your child's seat will be checked by a licensed car seat fitter, like Nurse Blake.
If you can't make it to Saturday's event, you can call the Kathryn Weil Center for an appointment at (765) 449-5133.
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