Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Parenthood

Bringing Baby Home: Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Parenthood

You will never carry a more precious cargo on board your car than when you need to collect your new bundle of joy and come home as proud parents ready to start an exciting new life.

There are so many things to try and remember with a new baby and no end of accessories that you need to have ready for when your parenting journey begins, and getting your vehicle ready for parenthood is definitely on that list.

Here are some pointers on what you need to do in order to get your vehicle prepared for transporting your child in comfort and safety.


Choosing the right car seat

If you are buying a new vehicle from someone like Adrian Brien Ford you will want to ask about the safety features that your car comes with and how it is intended to provide protection to you and your passengers in the event of a collision.

In addition to choosing a model that gives you a host of enhanced safety and security features, you will also want to take your time choosing a car seat that offers your baby the perfect combination of safety and comfort.

Rear-facing car seats have been shown to offer your baby the sort of protection they need if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in any sort of accident while they are on board and the aim should be to try and find the best quality seat that your budget will allow.

You might decide to choose a rear-facing seat that can be secured with a seat belt or one that is also secured using lower anchors. Ask your car dealer or check the owner’s manual for more information on how to use the pre-fitted vehicle hardware properly.

If you are unsure in any way about securing the car seat it is always best to get a professional to install it rather than leave anything to chance that you have not secured the seat correctly.


Get to know your locking system

Child-proof locks on the rear doors are useful when they get older but while they are babies and strapped in, your main concern when it comes to locking features is to ensure that you don’t mistakenly create a nightmare scenario where you risk locking the baby in the car.

This can happen if your car has a keyless entry device. That moment between strapping them in and then exiting the car to take your seat in the front might be enough time for the automated locking system to activate and create a situation where you are stranded outside.

Make sure you know exactly how your locking system works and be mindful of this safety feature if you leave the car for a few moments and your keys end up on the inside along with the baby.


Protect them from the sun

A simple but effective preventative measure to keep your baby safe and happy is to have some sun shades fitted.

Babies won’t know how to avoid the glare of the sunlight coming in and they will soon get uncomfortable, so keep them protected and invest in a couple of sun shades for the rear windows.

Make the most of the technology and safety features available in your car and use them to keep you and your precious cargo safe at all times.

Raising Balanced Adults: A Simple Stress Plan for Parents and Kids


Did you know that happy, relaxed kids stand a better chance of growing up into balanced adults than kids who feel pressured to perform? It’s true.  Peers, parents, teachers and society in general can add a lot of stressors to a young child or teenager’s life. In the interest of raising well-adjusted children who turn out to be well balanced adults, we are pleased to present a simple plan that anyone can follow.

Togetherness in a friendly setting

Friendly family mealtimes help everyone feel more connected and at ease with one another. Healthful courses piled high with crunchy veggies and sweet fresh fruit for dessert help the whole family stay healthier, too. Serve bubbly, unsweetened seltzer water in lieu of sugary soft drinks and be sure to lift a toast to everyone’s happiness and well being. Turn off cell phones at the dinner table. Amiable conversation during which kids can say how their day went is a huge improvement over a tv in the background. Turn it off, too.

Ensure all your kids participate in at least an hour of physical activity every day. Team sports such as soccer and little league baseball are entertaining, but overt competition can also cause stress. Incorporate other activities, too. Swimming, hiking and bicycling are fun, non-competitive activities that help kids burn off excess energy. On rainy days, playing indoors with a Wii or other super active video game is the next-best thing to outdoor exercise. Kids who work off energy in the daytime generally sleep better at night.


De-stressing routines

Speaking of sleep, be sure you understand its importance in a kid’s balanced life. As a rule of thumb, six- to 13-year-olds need from nine to 11 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. 14- to 17-year-olds need at least eight to 10 hours, says Strong4Life magazine. Tired kids are stressed kids who may become easily frustrated by daytime tasks.

Routines allow children to feel more in control of their happiness. They do best when meals and snacks are served at about the same time each day. The same applies to bedtime and wake-up time, too. Routines help kids feel secure and relaxed.


Art and music are creative stress relievers

Kids who play an instrument generally grow up to enjoy a variety of intellectual endeavors. A great music teacher offers constructive critique that allows a child to excel at an instrument that they like to play, says Parents magazine. Don’t force music lessons on an uninterested kid. That would only serve to stress out the kid and frustrate the teacher.

Most kids are natural artists. Encourage their talents with creative Android apps such as an Android mandala coloring book app from Google Play. Coloring mandalas is a time-honored technique for calming the mind.

Every parent wants their kids to grow up to be happy adults. Give your children plenty of time to relax between activities, and you’ll be on your way to raising balanced people.

Leo Wright is a Dad to a 6 year old and works part-time as a support assistant as his child’s school. He writes about parenting, educating and family matters