We are happy to partner with KIDU Huxdoll on this post.
I can say we do a lot of driving with our kids and the KIDU Hugdoll. This is our newest comfort support cushion that not only gives them a pal while strapped into their car seat, but also provides support for our kids when they fall asleep. There is nothing like being in the car when kids fall asleep, its relaxing. But not so comfortable when you see your little one hunched over. Not only does it look like it could hurt but can be extremely dangerous in a crash or sudden stop.
While our smallest is still in a full harnessed car seat, our middle child is still in a booster seat for another year. It is very important to know the ages and legal requirements for small children in a car. Prevent injury and a ticket. Many times kids may unbuckle a seat-belt because it is uncomfortable.
- Birth to The Age of 2 Need A Rear-Facing Car Seat
Babies need to be secured in the back seat in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 or if reach the upper weight or height limits of their seat. Check your owner’s manual and/or labels on seat.
- Age 2 to at least Age 5 Need A Forward-Facing Car Seat
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat, until at least age 5 or when they reach the upper weight or height limit of their particular seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
- From Age 5 to When a Seat Belt Properly Fits; Booster Seat Needed
When your child outgrows their forward-facing seat a booster seat and buckle should be sued. To see if a seat belts fits yet, the lap belt will be over the upper thighs/hips and not over their stomach. The shoulder belt needs to be on their chest and not neck. Being buckled in the rear seats is best for their safety and protection.
- Once Seat Belts Fit Properly without a Booster Seat: Seat Belt
Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). For the best possible protection keep children properly buckled in the back seat.
What is fun and great about the Hugdoll is it’s for use with booster seats and to the age of 11. While Brooklin likes being in a booster, when she falls asleep its looks so dangerous. The Hugdoll keeps her up in her seat.
Car Seat belts were created for the adult body and will fit much differently on children being uncomfortable and even suffocating to small children. My kids always complain at how sharp the belt can be so this makes its much more comfortable for them.
Hugdolls are great because they adjust the angle of the seat belt. This reduces the physical discomforts as well as the feeling of suffocation. They can also be used for seats on either side, but have no face on the other side, which just keeps them company more.
While it may not seem a big deal but making sure children are securely buckled into their car seats, booster seats, and seat belts does in fact reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries. Huggdoll makes it not even more comfortable but provides safety from a sharp seat belt. I remember as a kid I got into a wreck with my mom, by a drunk driver who ran a red light. I remember it was hard and big cars back in the 1980’s but I was buckled in. What I really remember is how much it hurt my stomach, the belt digging in.
Some Safety Facts for Car & Booster Seats:
- Car seats reduce the risk for death to infants under the age of 1 by 71%. Toddlers ages 1-4 are protected by 54% in passenger vehicles.
- For children aged 4-8, a booster seat can reduce the risk of serious injury by 45% compared to seat belt use.
- Seat belts reduce the risk of death by about half for older children and adults.
Remember not only to make sure you little ones are safe, but also comfortable. We like to take pillows or a blanket and our Huggdoll to keep our kids comfortable for those long Southern California commutes.