Child Passenger Safety Week Day 4 – Rear-Facing Harness Position (GIVEAWAY)

Rear-Facing Harness

Congrats to our winners –

Entry #1626 – Sappho W.

Entry #1170 – Angeline R.

It’s Day 4 of Child Passenger Safety Week and since yesterday was all about forward-facing, today is all about the rear-facing harness position. When your child is rear-facing (and this *should* be until the child is AT LEAST 2 years old and preferably up to maximum weight/height limits of their convertible car seat!), the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

Rear-facing = AT OR BELOW THE SHOULDERS

Also, keep those harnesses snug. Not loosy-goosey! Loose harness straps leave your child vulnerable to injury during a crash because they may allow your child to move out of position, and they can even lead to ejection from the car seat during a crash. Now, that we all know where the harness goes on a child in a rear-facing car seat and it needs to be snug, bear with me as I get on my soapbox on why you should keep your child rear-facing longer.

Extended rear-facing is SAFEST! End. Of. Story.

Okay, not really the end of story. The absolute minimum is to keep your child rear facing to AT LEAST one year of age AND 20 pounds in weight.  When it comes to your baby’s safety, is “minimum” really worth it? Nope. That is why we agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics that you should keep your child rear-facing until at least 2 years old! Why? Well, Car-Safety.org says it best:

  • Rear-facing is safest for both adults and children, but especially for babies, who would face a greater risk of spinal cord injury in a front-facing carseat during a frontal crash.
  • Rear-facing car seats spread frontal crash forces over the whole area of a child’s back, head and neck; they also prevent the head from snapping relative to the body in a frontal crash.
  • Rear-facing carseats may not be quite as effective in a rear end crash, but severe frontal and frontal offset crashes are far more frequent and far more severe than severe rear end crashes.
  • Rear-facing carseats are NOT a safety risk just because a child’s legs are bent at the knees or because they can touch/kick the vehicle seat.
  • Rear-facing as long as possible is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatricians, and can reduce injuries and deaths.   Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 overall cause of death for children 14 and under.

We aren’t preaching…just sayin’.  #justsavin’babies

Okay, back to the task at hand and that is rear-facing harness height! It’s important. Since many parents are positioning the harnesses in a rear-facing seat incorrectly, we are going to help spread the word with another contest/giveaway today. This is another full participation giveaway but we won’t make you take photos today. (There are bonus entries if you do but it’s not the main event.) Above is a photo we took that we would like you to share. That takes some of the work off of you.

WHAT IS UP FOR GRABS:

TWO lucky participants will win a Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat of their choice. This giveaway is open to US residents only! (Yep, we want to get as many of these fabulous bad boys in parent’s hands that we can this week!)

Brirax G3

Giveaway

Below are some of the entry methods explained in case you are just joining us today. All entry methods need to be completed and marked off on the Rafflecopter entry form at the bottom for you to actually be entered to win!

1) Post a blog comment by telling us the proper position for the harness in a rear-facing car seat.

2) Let your Facebook friends know where the safest position for the rear-facing harness is and tag The Baby Gizmo Company (put @BabyGizmo) in your Facebook post so that we know you did it. (When you type the “@” sign in your Facebook status and start typing BabyGizmo, a drop down box should appear to choose the company if you LIKE us on Facebook, of course!)

3) Take a photo of your rear-facing child in a car seat with the harness AT OR BELOW the child’s shoulders and post it on our Baby Gizmo Facebook Wall. Below is a graphic of where you would go on our Facebook page to post a photo!

4) “PIN” our Baby Gizmo photo (above) of the correct rear-facing harness position on one of your Pinterest boards and put “BabyGizmo.com reminded me that the harness in a rear-facing car seat should be AT OR BELOW the child’s shoulders” in the pin description. (You can “pin” the photo by hitting the “Pin It” button at the top of this post OR grabbing the URL of this blog post and pinning directly on the Pinterest site OR you can go to Baby Gizmo’s Pinterest Page and just re-pin the photo there.)

5) Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to make sure you are entered and for more entry opportunities for those parents who do not have a rear-facing child!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comments

  1. says

    Clearly got to excited when posting, you know what I meant!!!!

    Pinterest name: Alex Harrison

    I’d love to win! I just found out that DS has the crappiest carseat ever :(

  2. jill says

    slightly confused but i think i did everything correct! my twitter is 3xcrazymom and my pinterest username is kiddo42375
    and i posted a few pics of my kids in their rear facing seats posted on to your wall ( you can delete if i wasnt supposed to and ill tag you in mine!)
    Jill

  3. simone t says

    At or below the shoulders.

    Also, if all the entries are truly required, you should make them all appear on rafflecopter before bonus entries. The way it is set up now makes it appear as though all that is req is a comment, not the 4 other things mentioned in the blog post.

  4. Elizabeth H says

    the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

  5. Lisa says

    Thanks Baby Gizmo for reminding us that the harness in a rear-facing caraway should be AT or BELOW the shoulders. Pinterest – lmharrison83

  6. Amanda Johnson says

    I posted a picture of my son and tagged The Baby Gizmo Company on Facebook so it posts to your wall.

  7. Ren says

    When your child is rear-facing the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

  8. JLin says

    Top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders.

  9. Angela Ensig says

    Rear facing vabies should have their straps at or below shoulder level. They should be snug, not too loose.

  10. Angela Ensig says

    Rear facing babies should keep straps at or below shoulder level. Straps should be snug and not loose.

  11. arely colin says

    rear-facing the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders

  12. Josh T says

    the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

  13. Kristy says

    Rear facing = at or below shoulders! I have two kids, one FF, one RF, and I was about to adjust the RF straps until I asked my friends this question. So happy to learn that he needs no adjustment!

  14. Mary Liz says

    the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

  15. Andrea Renzi says

    When your child is rear-facing the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

  16. Marci Lundberg-Asmus says

    Facebook done, pinterest (Marci Lundberg-Asmus), my baby is properly restrained in her infant seat with her harness just below her shoulders!

  17. Mary Liz says

    Posted a photo of correct rear-facing harness position on my Fb wall and on The Baby Gizmo Facebook page

  18. Taylor Williams says

    repinned to pinteret Taylor Williams

    posted baby gizmos picture to my fb wall… My son will not be born till november!

    Thanks!

  19. Jessica DiJirolanio Gruppo says

    When using a rear-facing carseat, harness straps should be at or below child’s shoulders.

  20. Kelly says

    When your child is rear-facing the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!

  21. Lisa Ellis says

    i posted a picture on the harness position for rear facing on your facebook page ( from Lisa Ellis – my little guy is in a red shirt )

  22. Ben says

    Harness needs to be at or below shoulders for rear facing seats. My baby coming in October thanks you for the reminder!

  23. Amy says

    When rear facing, the harness should be at or below the baby’s shoulders! Pinned it on pinterest too. my username is amyhwatts

  24. Ji hyun LEE says

    When my child is rear-facing (and this *should* be until the child is AT LEAST 2 years old, not 1 year old and preferably up to maximum weight/height limits of their convertible car seat!), the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are AT or BELOW of the child’s shoulders.

  25. Shannon Travis says

    The top part of the harness should be threaded at or below the childs shoulders in a rear facing car seat and recommended that a child should stay rear facing till 2 years old!

  26. Shannon Travis says

    I just posted a cute picture of my son Cayden at 14 months rear facing on Baby Gizmo Facebook Page!

  27. Shannon Travis says

    I just posted on my facebook page to make all my friends aware of how children should be strapped for rear facing.

  28. Amanda says

    Rear facing carseats should always have the straps at or below shoulder level….and no loosy goosy straps!!

  29. Masooma says

    If rear facing, the harness should be at or below the shoulders. I’ve got one child (5yr old) in a forward facing and a 9 month old rear facing and had no idea about this before. Now I know the correct position for both seats. Thank you so much!

  30. Eileen McLeod says

    When your child is rear-facing (and this *should* be until the child is AT LEAST 2 years old and preferably up to maximum weight/height limits of their convertible car seat!), the top part of the harness should be threaded through the slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders. Never above!!

    Pinterest name Eileen McLeod

  31. Kimberly Gilliland says

    Rear-facing = AT OR BELOW THE SHOULDERS
    I apologize for the first one. That was the answer to yesterday’s question. My phone pasted the answer from yesterday. Thank you for the tips! (:

  32. Kaci A says

    I posted a picture of my son who is 15 months and still rear-facing with the shoulder straps at/below his shoulders :)

  33. Katie says

    The proper position for a rear facing harness is the top of the harness at or below the level of the shoulders.

  34. Trish T says

    Rear facing harness needs to come from below, or at the shoulder. The head should not be more than 1inch from the top of the shell and your child should not exceed the weight limit for their seat.

  35. Amanda says

    Posted a pic of my rear facing infant wearing his harness below his shoulders :) though it can be at or below :)

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