Sewing after Dark for Teens. 5 p.m. Friday, Central Library.
Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for kids age birth to 3 learn about color this month., 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.thinkeryaustin.org
BookPeople. 10:30 a.m. Saturday story time. Lazy Morning, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies.“Sing.” 11 a.m. Saturday. 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com
Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody.” Check out the website barnesandnoble.com for future story times.
Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.
Batman Day. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.
Minefaire. The largest convention for a single video game is in Austin on Saturday and Sunday. $49-$69.50, but kids younger than 2 are free. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Minefaire.com.
Slime Time workshop for ages 4 and older. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.thinkeryaustin.org
“Tortoise and Hare” at Zach Theatre. The Aesop fable becomes a musical for ages 5 and older. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $18-$24. Kleburg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org
Alamo Drafthouse. PBS Kids at the Alamo: “Odd Squad.” 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com
Girl Scouts Kickoff. Make 3-D printed prosthetic hands, visit with service dogs, do science experiments, learn about Girl Scouts and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Girl Scouts of Central Texas Kodosky Service Center. 12012 Park Thirty-Five Circle. gsctx.org
Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies. “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” 11 a.m. Saturday. 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com
BookPeople events.Events: Sonia Sotomayor reads her new children’s book. (This event is sold out and at First Baptist Church.) 2 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Saturday story time. We Love Our Grandparents. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Corduroy Takes a Bow.” Sept. 8.
Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Yarborough Branch.
Saturday Movie Matinee: “Despicable Me 3.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.
Literature Live, “Tales from Graves.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Howson Branch.
Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until they meet the upper number for that seat’s height or weight limits. That means that most children will outgrow that rear-facing seat anywhere from age 2 to age 5, but there could be some kids who are older than age 5 who are still in rear-facing seats because of their size.
Why make the change?
It’s all based on analysis of trauma data from car crashes, which is the No. 1 cause of death for children age 4 and older.
Children who were in rear-facing car seats had fewer injuries and a decreased chance of death than kids in forward-facing car seats.
Why is that? Kristen Hullum, a nurse and trauma injury prevention coordinator at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, says that it’s all about avoiding head, neck and spine injuries. Young children have immature spines and necks and are also head-heavy, she says. The rear-facing seats prevent more movement of the head, neck and spine than forward-facing ones.
“My 5 year old is petite,” Hullum says. “I still have her rear-facing. That might have seemed pretty conservative to many people, but this justifies it,” she says of the new recommendations.
Here is the progression of where and in what your child should sit in the car:
Rear-facing infant carrier in the back seat (or convertible rear-facing car seat if it’s weight range is low enough for an infant) until the child outgrows the height or weight limit for that carrier, which is typically anywhere from 22 pounds to 35 pounds. For infant carriers, that usually happens around age 1, but it could be later.
Rear-facing car seat in the back seat until the child outgrows the height or weight limit for that seat. That could happen any time from age 2 to 5 or even later depending on the upper limits for that seat, which can be 40 to 50 pounds or even more.
Forward-facing car seat with a harnessin the back seat until the child outgrows the upper height and weight limit, which could be anywhere from 65 to 90 pounds. The forward-facing seat should be tethered to the car.
A booster seatin the back seat that raises the child up so that the car’s seat belt fits the child properly until the child is 4 foot 9 inches tall and outgrows the upper limits for that booster, usually around 100 pounds. That could happen anytime between age 8 and age 12. It’s Texas law that children younger than 8 ride in a booster seat or car seat.
In the back seat using the car’s seat belt once they have reached the upper limit of the booster seat’s height and weight limits until age 13.
In the front seat, only after age 13, but also tall enough and heavy enough to not be injured by the air bag. That’s at least 4 foot 9 inches and 100 pounds. Even though it’s hard for preteens to want to be in the back seat, it’s about safety. Airbags inflate at 200 miles an hour, Hullum says.” If that air bag hits them in their face, there’s a significant brain injury,” she says. “The air bag should be at somebody’s chest.”
There are other recommendations and guidelines that parents should know.
Get your child seat professionally installed each time you get a new one. Hospitals and county Emergency Medical Services offer car seat checks that you can sign up to attend.
When picking a car seat, the most expensive one is not necessarily the best one. They all have to pass the same federal guidelines. It’s more of a question of which one has the fanciest cup holders.
If you can’t afford a car seat, your pediatrician or any car seat check location should be able tell you how to get a free one.
Car seats do have expiration dates that are usually between six and 10 years. They wear out with use.
Once a car seat has been in an accident, it is no longer safe to use. Car insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost of the new one.
Unless you know the complete history of that car seat, do not buy or receive a used one.
If you have a truck that only has a front-seat, you can install a car seat in the passenger seat, but you have to make sure the air bag is turned off.
Rear-facing car seats could be a problem for toddlers and preschoolers who get motion sickness. If that’s the case, talk to your pediatrician about what medications or techniques they recommend.
For parents who might be thinking that their 5-year-old is never going to see the world around her if she’s still in a rear-facing seat, Hullum says, not to worry. Her 5-year-old can easily remind her if she’s passed a Chic-Fil-A.
Car seat checks
9-11 a.m. Sept. 7, Dell Children’s Medical Center, 4900 Mueller Blvd.
9 a.m. Sept. 10, CommUnity Care Clinic, 211 Comal St.
9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 13, Williamson County Emergency Medical Services, 1781 E. Old Settler Blvd, Round Rock
2-5 p.m. Sept. 13, Elgin Fire Station, 111 N. Avenue C, Elgin
9-11 a.m. Sept. 17, H-E-B Mueller, 1801 E. 51 St.
9 a.m. Sept. 19, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane
9 a.m.-noon Sept. 29, St. David’s Emergency Center, 601 St. David’s Loop, Leander. Free car seats will be available at this event.
9 A.M. Oct. 2, Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive
9-11 a.m. Oct. 5, Dell Children’s Medical Center, 4900 Mueller Blvd.
9 a.m. Oct. 9, CommUnity Care Clinic, 211 Comal St.
9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 11, Williamson County Emergency Medical Services, 1781 E. Old Settler Blvd., Round Rock
9-11 a.m. Oct. 15, H-E-B Mueller, 1801 E. 51 St.
9 a.m. Oct. 17, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane
Call 512-943-1264 to register for an appointment with St. David’s or Williamson County EMS. Call 512-324-8687 to register for an appointment in Elgin, Dell Children’s Medical Center or H-E-B. Call 512-972-7233 for CommUnity Care Clinic and recreation centers.
Want to take the kids to see Jack Black and Cate Blanchett and the world of “The House with a Clock in its Walls”? I’ve got five sets of a family four pack of tickets to a 7 p.m Sept. 18 screening at Regal Gateway.
Enter to win by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number by Sept. 13. Put “House with Clock” in the subject line. I’ll notify winners on Sept. 14.
The movie is based on a book about 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in an old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart.
Get this: It ranked us 106 in family fun. What? It couldn’t find our parks? Our children’s museum or the many other museums with family programming? Our family theater companies? Our at least one festival every weekend that is for families? Or recreation center offerings?
We could understand if it knocked us for affordability or access to health care, but family fun? You don’t know Austin, Wallet Hub.
By the way, in affordability, it ranked us 21. What? It ranked us 74 in health and safety, and 97 in socioeconomic issues. In education and child care it ranked us 36th.
So where does Wallet Hub think is the best place to raise a family?
Overland Park, Kan.
South Burlington, Vt.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
I’d like to see you move to South Dakota, North Dakota or Kansas and enjoy the family fun there, Wallet Hub.