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I have to admit holidays seems so much better with children but the stress is multiplied by a thousand! It seems like it gets worse with each child too! I love to visit family and take trips during the holidays but I worry about safety above everything. First, the weather worries me most. I live in the Midwest and it isn’t unheard of to get six inches of snow or for it to be 60 degrees and sunny! The snow isn’t going to stop me from seeing my family here. However, when you have out of town guest on your roads that aren’t comfortable with driving in the snow it makes me more nervous. A lot of my stress though is relieved knowing that my girls are safely in their Safety 1st car seats. My Safety 1st Car seat of choice is the Elite 80 Air + 3 in 1 car seat. The main reason is the safety features it offers but it will also protect my girls up to 100 pounds.
Here are some tips from Safety 1st to help you survive the holidays:
“According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season. That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches. However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.
1. Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday. Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.
2. Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload. Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance. This will help him or her get excited about the journey. Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.
3. “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks. Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.
4. Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.
If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.
5. Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment. Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.”
Most Fire Departments have a certified car seat technician on staff and if there isn’t one at your local department, they will likely be able to direct you to one close. Take the time to make sure your children are safe and the car seats properly installed. The holidays are always a rush for families, so chances are the cars on the road will be rushing and not as concerned with your children as you are. Follow the tips above to relieve some stress and have a more enjoyable holiday with your loved ones.