Nellie Blevins Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 03:08:58
How do I know when my child is ready for a booster seat?
To make sure your children are best protected while riding in the car, children need to be using the most age appropriate car seat safety device. Local auto body and collision repair shops are experts on child car seat safety, and may offer free inspections and tips for safe car seat use.
Convertible seat. These seats can be rear facing or forward facing. These seats are the next stage for your baby after they've grown out of their infant car seat. The allowed weight ranges anywhere from 20-65 pounds. Remember, this is a product you'll be putting your child into everyday so there are lots of things to consider. Height and weight limits are often problematic because children usually tend to outgrow one limit before the other limit is reached.
A child car seat should be high on your to-buy list. You'll need one to bring your baby home from the hospital and for every car trip thereafter. In fact, hospitals and birthing centers generally won't let you leave by car with your newborn if you don't have one. Every state requires that kids up to 4 years of age ride in a car seat; many require booster seats for older children.
Regardless of the choice you make as to whether to use a convertible car seat from day one or use an infant car seat until your baby weighs 20 lbs, you'll need to buy a convertible car seat at some point. Convertible car seats are larger than infant-only car seats and are designed to grow with your child through the toddler years. Most convertible car seats fit babies up to 40 lbs (usually around age 4) and some convert to a booster car seat and are safe for children up to 80 lbs.
Infants (birth to 1 year and/or 20 lbs) - Keep children under twelve months in an age-appropriate safety seat installed in the back seat, facing backwards. Infants should be kept in this backwards facing position as long as they are able to, until they outgrow the safety seat's height/weight limit.