15 February 2013

5 Car Accessories You Need for Your Upcoming Baby

New parents want to do everything possible to protect their baby in the event of an accident. Luckily, there are products available to help parents achieve this goal.

For a parent, there is nothing like the first car ride with a baby. Every bump in the road is momentous and scary. New parents should consider taking their car in for a complete tune-up before the baby arrives. A car should be in top working order before transporting such precious cargo. At the very least, purchasing new tires, such as Cooper tires online at http://simpletire.com, will give parents the peace of mind that comes with knowing their car is as safe as possible.

A high quality car seat is the most important car-related baby purchase a parent can make. While there are many areas where buying second hand is both smart and economical, a car seat is not one of them. A car seat that has been in an accident may be structurally compromised, even if it looks fine. Additionally, new technology makes car seats safer each year. This is why it is a wise idea to purchase a new car seat to ensure a baby's safety in the event of an accident.

It is extremely important for a baby to be firmly secured in their car seat. However, as the infant car seat straps are tightened, they can rub or even cut a baby's tender skin. While it may be tempting to loosen the straps or place a blanket between the straps and the baby, there is a better solution. Padded seat belt strap covers, available in a variety of whimsical designs, are washable and durable.

A properly secured safety mirror, allows parents to see their baby during that important first year when they are in a rear-facing car seat. It is not safe to turn around while driving and pulling to the side of the road to check on the baby is not always possible. The ability to see their child at a glance allows parents to focus on driving instead of worrying about their child.

A lightweight, retractable sunshade that attaches to the inside of a back window will protect a baby’s skin from the sun. This is especially important since they are unable to move or shield themselves. Parents residing in a sunny climate may wish to purchase two shades, so their baby is protected on both sides.


  1. Thank you so very much for posting this. My good friend is due to have her first baby any day and I don't have a child so I didn't have any good tips for this. What a wonderful idea. I'm going to share this with her. Thank you!!

  2. Very informative post, thank you. The sunshade is a great tip.


  3. I cant help but notice that they very young baby in the photo is forword facing...

    However I completly agree that the carseat is probably the one baby purchase that should never be made secondhand

  4. This is a great post for a new parent. I have an hour commute to work and my kids go to day care near by so a good quality car seat is a must for us. My favorite tip is adding the seat belt covers to protect the baby's skin. These would also be good for my toddler and preschooler. Great post!

    Erin K. (erinknack08@yahoo.com)

  5. This is a great post to help ensure your precious cargo is safe. Do all these things, then try to drive as defensively as possible, easier said than done nowadays.


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