How to Pick a Kid’s Car Seat

How to Pick a Kid’s Car Seat

A car seat can be a lifesaver. They were manufactured to help keep your most valuable cargo safe from an accident.

Car seats are a very basic need for anyone who has children and wants to travel with the kids. In some states in the U.S., there are laws requiring that anyone traveling with children or babies must have a child seat installed to ensure the protection of the child. There are lots of car seats out there in the market today and selecting the best one with the right features that ensure the safety of your child is most essential.


According to the National Safe Kids campaign car seats limit the risk of death by 75%, and by 55% for children between the ages of one and five. With numbers like this one can say that kid’s car seats are appropriately necessary. Selecting the best one can be so hard, the reason being that there are many choices available on the market for a safe car seat. Here are few tips for getting the best features you looking for in a child’s car seat.

1. Harness

When looking for a car seat, the first thing to check is the harness. A 5 point harness will keep your baby safe because it reduces the chance of ejection from the car in the case of an accident. This specification of harness comes with two belts that go over the shoulder and it comes together at the bottom where it clips into a buckle between the child’s legs.


2. Front harness

Front harness adjustment is also an excellent feature that will save a lot of time and discomfort. It is often said that when our children are little, they grow up fast like a weed. One day you will put them in the car seat and all will be okay and the next time you are struggling to get the belts around them. Front harness adjustment allow you just to pull a lever situated in the front of the seat and softly tug each belt out a little more.

3. Car seat base

Frankly speaking, a car seat with a base is a Godsend with children. The last thing you want to do is wake up your baby to run into the grocery store. With this brand of seat, you can just to pull the latch and the whole carrier will come out. The best feature that comes with this seat is versatility. You can place it right inside the buggy at the supermarket, or rest it perfectly on an upside down highchair in a restaurant.


Experts advise that you should only purchase a used car seat if you know it hasn’t been in an accident. Once a car seat has been involved a crash it may be broken and dysfunctional. Also always check reviews before you make a purchase to ensure your kid’s car seat is safe.
Make sure to clamp up for every car ride whether it’s a short trip to the store or a long road trip. It is the most important thing a family can do to stay safe. Pay attention to the label on the car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight, height, and development. All kids under the age of 12 should ride in the back seat. The back seat is usually considered the safest place in a crash.

Prices for a baby car seat range from $30 and can go up to $400 depending on style, flexibility, and quality. this is once in a lifetime investment. It is advisable for all parents to spare no expense when choosing their kid’s car seat.


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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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