SAFETY FIRST: Kristy Wick demonstrates how to correctly harness toddler Cohen Gray. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SAFETY FIRST: Kristy Wick demonstrates how to correctly harness toddler Cohen Gray. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet BUN300412EMP2

CARELESS: The crucial thing every parent is doing wrong

DELIVERING a baby doesn't stop at the maternity ward and first-time parents are set to get a helping hand installing baby car seats to keep their newborns safe in transit.

The Kidsafe program is expanding into regional areas and will bring a much-needed service to our region by offering free car seat installations for new parents in Warwick.

"Putting your baby in the car is one of the first things you do when you leave the hospital, but it can be a struggle for parents who have never seen or operated a car seat in their lives," said Kidsafe CEO Susan Teerds.

She said regional areas were among the worst when it came to car seat safety, with 100 per cent of child and baby seats installed incorrectly.

Ms Teerds said a lack of education and a laid-back attitude were to blame.

"The further out we go from main cities, the more we see babies on laps and not in seats," Ms Teerds said.

"It's an Australian attitude, of 'she'll be right' but we can't afford to be risking our children."

The most common issues were incorrect positioning, not securing the car seat to a proper anchor point, having the harness adjusted to the wrong position on the baby's shoulder and the angle of the baby's back causing breathing and airway restrictions.

"People often don't realise how complex these things are to install," Ms Teerds said.

"Getting this done will hold them in good stead for their next baby and give them a level of comfort and confidence," she said.

Free installations by Kidsafe will be available for first time parents at the Warwick Child & Family Health, 70 Percy Street, every fortnight starting on Monday, January 29 until May 2018.

Vouchers for the service are available though the Warwick hospital maternity ward or by calling Kidsafe on 3854 1829.

Correct car seat installations and other services are available to other parents for a small cost.



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