A photo of a mum flipping her child in a car seat has gone viral – and we’re so glad it has.
Mum Rachel McNamara, from Maine in the US, shared the pic of her son upside down in his car seat in order to promote always making sure your little one is correctly strapped in.
She wrote on Facebook:
“After strapping your child into their car seat, ask yourself if you’d be comfortable flipping it upside down.
“Remember that the chest clip should be at armpit level and the straps should be tight enough to pass the pinch test. #carseatsafety.”
After her post was shared an incredible 50,000 times, Rachel quickly clarified that she wasn’t suggesting flipping became a pre-ride ritual – she was just doing it to prove a point.
“I’d like to clarify that I’m not advocating that parents should be flipping their kids upside down before every car ride,” she added.
“Just that they should feel confident that their child would be safe IF the car seat was flipped over in an accident.
“I think this is a great visual and shows just how important proper car seat use is.”
We couldn’t agree more – this image certainly got us thinking, and we hope it’ll have the same effect on everyone who sees it.
Rachel also went on to talk about the importance of the pinch test – which is a simple way to ensure your child is fully secure once strapped in.
To do it: you need to try and pinch the strap material near the child’s should between two of your fingers. If you can grab a pinch of the fabric, the straps are not tight enough, and need to be adjusted until you can’t.
You can watch a video demonstration and find full instructions on how to do the pinch test yourself here.
Thanks for sharing, Rachel ??
Images: Facebook/Rachel McNamara