I’ve read countless articles about car seat safety. How to install them, the proper way to sit your child in them and even how long to rear face or when to upgrade your seat. I’ve seen shocking statistics about how kids are much more likely to survive a crash than even the driver if their carseat is properly installed.
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But one thing we don’t talk about is what if that happens… what if I’m driving my car and I’m knocked out, but my small kid is okay in the back seat. Unfortunately my little ones don’t know all our emergency contact numbers, they couldn’t tell you who their pediatrician is, and they certainly wouldn’t remember these things in a moment of crisis, even if they knew.
Which is where car seat decals come in. Print these out, fill them out and then put them on the car seat. You can even laminate them with this handy stuff (no special machine required). They are nice and bright so the hope is that it would catch the eye of emergency works who respond. On the decal they can find the name of the child’s pediatrician, and even emergency contact numbers, in case your phone is smashed or locked.
This could help your child get help and surrounded by loved ones quicker in the case of emergency, and their own pediatrician could hear the news faster too.
I’ve made them in a variety of colors so you can print them, laminate them and then tape them to the side of your car seats. There is no guarantee that they will be noticed, but I love the peace of mind that it’s given me, that I’ve done everything I can to help my kiddos in case of emergency and I’m not there to give information or names/numbers.
Something we all hate thinking about, but it’s important to prepare for as much as we can.
You can get your decals below. They come in a variety of colors and they are 99 cents for a set of two (one for each side of the car seat).
Have you ever thought about what would happen to your kids if you were in an accident and you were knocked out but they were not? What safety tips could you share with us? We would love to hear your tips!!
Paula, this is great and something I never thought about. Thanks!
These are a really great idea, thanks for sharing Paula!
The hospital I gave birth to my two youngest children. Has this. They five you a packet an its registered in the office. With all the above info! Its fantastic. Hope I never need it but it’s a great just in case!!
Mama C says
I’ve thought about that scenario but not the solution . Thanks for sharing one I can try.
Great idea but I’m curious where you would put it that it’s seen by an emergency worker but not some random person looking in your windows when you’re parked at the store or something?
P gillogly says
Great question…perhaps fashion a flap type cover sheet with adhesive? And mark “emergency” on the flap.
I hadn’t thought of doing anything like this before I went to AAA to get my carseat inspected. They gave me a sticker that is part of the CHAD program (more info: http://stopdropandblog.com/2008/07/08/important-safety-tip-chad/) that is the same idea. As I searched online, I found out there is also a similar program called WHALE. These programs also help with the where to put it question, even if you’re using cute DIY tags like yours!
I’m putting the info in a luggage tag and then putting it between their feet. Have ICE written on the outside of the tag. It’s a great idea…
OH my gosh, I have a weekly toddler playgroup for the last 14 yrs and this is something I never thought about…will make sure next weeks playgroup we discuss this and make sure the mom’s fill these out before the end of session