At a Restaurant It is best to leave the car seat in the car and carry baby in – or even better, wear baby in a carrier. If the restaurant can accommodate a stroller, consider bringing baby in using the bassinet (if your stroller has one) or the regular stroller seat , instead of clicking the car seat onto the stroller.
Often restaurants will ask that you park the stroller and just take the carseat to the table. If a baby sling is not available the next best option would be to sit in a booth and place the carseat at the furthest end, or place the carseat in a chair sideways and slide it in to the table so its nice and snug.
Whether the high chair is right side up or not, you can ‘t secure the car seat to the high chair . As long as the high chair is wiped down with a disinfectant wipe, shouldn’t it be okay? Even if the restaurant offers you an upside down highchair and it seems stable, DO NOT do this.
The safest spot for your baby is always in the backseat — preferably in the middle spot, away from passenger – side air bags. If your car doesn’t fit a car seat securely there, place the seat on either side of the backseat (or, if you drive an SUV, in the second row).
Many car seat manufacturers recommend that a baby should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, within a 24 hour time period. This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in: 1. A strain on the baby’s still-developing spine.
When an infant is placed in a car seat in a vehicle, the seat is secured to a base at an angle that keeps the child’s airway open. This slouched-forward position can cause positional asphyxiation; essentially the infant’s airway is cut off and they cannot breathe .
How do you safely use a restaurant high chair ? To keep your baby safe, make sure she can hold her head up and sit up straight by herself. Then, be sure that the restaurant’s high chair straps and clips are working properly and that you clean and sanitize it before use .
It may be hard to believe that there’s one area of the backseat that’s safer for your children, but studies have proven that the middle seat is the safest place. Remember, if you have more than one car seat , the center seat and the seat behind the passenger are the best places to install your car seats .
Both LATCH and the seat belt are equally safe in general, but whether one is safer than the other depends entirely on your child, your vehicle, and you. The exception is rigid LATCH , which is a safer installation method than a lower anchor strap or a seat belt .