Child Locks on Car Doors – How to Engage Them

Does your toddler play with the door handle while you’re driving? Does your 7-year-old try and jump out of the car before you’re finished parking? Did you know that you can lock the rear car doors so that they can not be opened from the inside – but only be opened from the outside? It’s … Continue reading

The Car Seat Lady goes point by point on the “2014 Car Seat Law Changes” article on

As a pediatrician and nationally certified child passenger safety instructor – I’m best known as The Car Seat Lady – I am VERY concerned by this recent blog post on the 2014 car seat law changes which appeared on and has gotten a tremendous number of views, but sadly contains a lot of misinformation that could endanger a … Continue reading

How to Buy a Safe Vehicle for the Entire Family

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Side Air Bags and Your Kids – What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe

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31 Best Travel Toys under $20 for Babies & Kids

Note: If you click on the link or the image in any of the slides, it will take you to the product’s website (or where you can purchase it, if not available for purchase from the product’s website). All of these products were selected for not only being entertaining without requiring a mess or batteries … Continue reading

Prevent Strangulation – learn how to “lock” the seat belt

PROBLEM: Kids will be kids.  Strapped in with nothing to do, kids will find something – anything – to play with.  Unfortunately, several dozen kids have nearly strangled to death after finding an unused shoulder belt, and in the midst of playing with it, wrapped it around their neck. You might be thinking: “Why can’t … Continue reading

No nursing while the car is moving!

As a pediatrician in a NICU and the daughter of a lactation consultant, I’m very, very pro-breastfeeding… but nursing has a time and a place.  A moving vehicle is NOT the time or the place.  Nursing your child while the car is moving puts both you and your baby at significant risk of unnecessary injury. … Continue reading

Chemicals In Your Child’s Car Seat

August 3, 2011 published sensational test results showing potentially unhealthy chemicals in the majority of children’s car seats. What does The Car Seat Lady think about these test results? As a pediatrician, I worry about the chemicals our children are exposed to. However, since car crashes remain the #1 cause of death and injury to … Continue reading

Keeping your child COOL in the car seat when it is HOT outside

With temperatures reaching 100 degrees in many parts of the US now, many parents are asking “How do I keep my child cool in the car seat while we are driving?  I’m really concerned about my rear-facing child.” Besides the obvious of using the air conditioning in the car (or rolling down the windows if … Continue reading