Jeremy Olson writes about children and families, and is an overscheduled father of two. His blog tackles the best and worst of parenting, families, health and love. He wants to hear from you - what's going on in your house?
I'll admit, in all of my efforts to ignore the Royal Baby hoopla, I did notice a picture of the young prince in his car seat and thought, "Gee, doesn't the strap on that car seat look a little loose?!" I passed it off as either a British thing, or the faded memory of a dad whose kids are a decade removed from infant car seats.
But the pictures didn't avoid scrutiny, and bloggers across the globe complained that the strap was loose, that the receiving blanket shouldn't have been between the baby and the safety harness, and that the handle wasn't pushed back before the car drove away. Today, even manufacturer Evenflo got in on the publicity with a press release reminding that 85% of car seats are installed improperly in the U.S. and that road injuries are the leading causes of preventable deaths and injuries in children.
"I wouldn't have been allowed to leave the hospital with my daughters had they been strapped in like that!" said one mother on a BabyCenter forum on the subject. "They would have fixed it before allowing us to leave. Not sure if all hospitals are that serious about carseat safety but the one i had my girls at was."