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When Should You Change Baby Car Seat?

Young babies have to be seated in infant car seats rear facing until they reach the height and weight limits mentioned on the manufacturer’s label. Do not be in a hurry to shift him from an infant car seat as it mainly relates to safety of your child. Keep him seated in rear facing as long as possible. If you face a front end collision, the rear facing seating will move your child’s head, neck and back evenly into the seat and not away from it. All infant car seats are manufactured for specific weight, height and age and meet or exceed the federal safety standards. For example, you can check the comparison on maxi cosi pria 70 vs 85 models and their individual effective performance.

The child has to be seated in rear facing car seats until they are 2 years of age. When your child grows you will have to shift from smaller rear facing car seat to a bigger rear facing convertible car seat that can accommodate a larger child. After the child reaches the limits of rear facing car seats he can be shifted to forward facing turning the convertible car seat to forward facing.  You can also seat him in a forward facing only car seat that comes with 5 point harness and top tether. The child has to be seated in forward facing till he reaches the limits specified for forward racing before he moves to booster seats.

Once your child reaches the height and weight limits of the forward facing car seat, he can be shifted to belt positioning booster seat with shoulder and lap belt. Many studies have shown that when the rear facing car seats are thoroughly installed and given a proper fit they are capable of protecting your child from crash forces till up to 4 years of age.

When you feel that your child has overgrown his car seat, you can pass it on to someone. But ensure that the labels and original parts are intact and the seat has not suffered crashes so far.…

How to Use the Shopping Experience to Educate Children?

Shopping can be fun. Shopping can be therapy. Shopping can be an escape from the boring reality. It can be so many things for so many people but can shopping be education? Even the best life quotations cannot prepare you for what parenthood really brings to your life. When you have a little kid at home you would be surprised at how even the simplest of occasions turn out to be wonderful opportunities for children to learn something new. Shopping can also be used as a wonderful chance to teach kids lots of cool things. In fact, rather than learning from the books when they get to see, pick and explore things in their hands they tend to learn quickly and easily.

Teach them colors

The produce section is the best place to teach them colors. You could invent plenty of fun games when you are out shopping with your kids. Tell them to find something that says, ‘orange’ or something that is ‘yellow’. This can be a fun treasure hunt that also teaches your kids colors.

Teach the older kids to read

For the older kids who are just beginning to learn how to read, allow them to read the names on the products. Or make them read the items on the list.

Identify the objects

Teaching kids the names of fruits and vegetables, as well as other groceries, can be a fun way to introduce the concept of identifying various objects. You could even read out the name of an item on your list and allow your kid to walk through the isles to find the item.

When you venture into these fun teaching strategies while shopping you might end up spending more time than required. But the whole experience would be more fun and you would find your kids less cranky and more involved in helping you.…