As a new parent you only want the best for your child. The best food. The best home. The best car seat. Riding in a vehicle can come with dangers, but consulting a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) before your child is born, or after, can prevent many of these hazards.
It is estimated that 90% of all child car seats today are installed or utilized incorrectly, so it's vital to ensure yours is correct!
Bethany Grannan of Birth With Bethany is a CPST who offers car seat shopping assistance as well as private, in-home car seat consultations to DFW area families for a small fee. You may also find occasional car seat check stations at select local hospitals, including a monthly event at Texas Health Presbyterian Denton. To encourage participation, the Safe Kids Coalition provides 8,000+ free inspection events across America. Find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/get-car-seat-checked
What can a CPST do for you?
Properly installing a car seat can be complicated. You must factor in the weight and age of your child, your type of vehicle, location of the car seat, and existing restraint systems. A CPST is trained in vehicular safety restraints for people ranging in age from infant to adult. They are well-versed in the proper installation and usage of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
Before using a CPST’s services, make sure their certification is current. You should ask to see their technician ID card.
A consultation with a CPST will be a hands-on learning experience. You should bring your child, your owner’s manual, and the instructions to install your child’s car seat. After showing you the proper technique to secure your baby you will then be asked to perform this task yourself.
The CPST will provide information and perform a variety of tasks. He/she will:
This list is not exhaustive, but gives a good overview of the CPST’s main functions.
You can find a Child Passenger Safety Technician through the National CPS Certification Program or at an event hosted by a Safe Kids Coalition. Inspection stations can be found using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s directory.
Schedule your in-home car seat check, or car seat shopping concierge today in north DFW from Birth With Bethany!
Yes, Pregnancy Can Improve Your Health Long-Term!
If you’re pregnant, congratulations! Along with all the new hormones coursing through your body will come the inevitable body changes, weight gain, and food cravings that expectant mothers have experienced since the dawn of time. Your doctor or midwife will offer the best advice on managing your pregnancy, but diet and exercise play a major role not only for your baby, but for your ability to deliver safely. In the process, your awareness of healthy living can have a long-term positive impact.
Yes, it’s best to get healthy before you conceive. But let’s face it, some women become motivated once they know that a baby is on board! That’s the time to ditch those less-than-healthy habits like smoking, consuming alcohol, using prescription and recreational drugs, eating extra sugar and salt, bingeing, or skipping sleep. But even those who consider themselves fit can still benefit from a more focused approach to exercise and diet. It’s never too late to adopt healthier choices.
Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that you stick to beyond the birth will also make you a model of healthy living for your child, helping him/her to avoid obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions for a lifetime. So yes, your pregnancy can make you even healthier than before!
I'm Bethany. Wife. Boy Mom. Bradley Method® teacher. Child passenger safety technician. Placenta encapsulator. I like little dogs, big hair and sweet tea.