Yesenia Moore Car Seat April 13th, 2019 - 03:45:54
Babies should be in a rearward facing car seat and should not be placed in a forward-facing seat until they weigh at least 9 kgs and can sit up unaided. Babies should be kept in a rearward-facing seat for as long as possible. Once your child is above the maximum weight for a rearward-facing seat or the top of their head is above the top of the seat they should be moved into a forward-facing seat. It is not important if their knees are bent in the seat, provided they are still within the seat's weight range.
When your child is around the age of one and weighs 20 pounds you can change to a front-facing seat. This is also the time where the child will want to sit up and start looking around, as he or she is too curious to lie down. It is very important that you read the instructions carefully in order to install the car seat correctly. You need to use your body weight as you put the car seat in the right place to make sure it does not move or slide in the car.
The second type of seat is a convertible seat. These seats have a larger weight range, and can be flipped from the rear-facing position to the forward-facing position when baby is big enough. Although far more expensive, with some models carrying weight limits ranging from 5-100 pounds, it might be the only seat you ever have to buy. Convertible seats are not portable and remain in the car at all times.
If you do opt for a second hand seat, stick with accepting an used seat only from friends, family or someone you can trust to give you a full disclosure, including any car accidents or incidents which may have caused damaged. Also, take a few minutes and inspect the padding, belts and fasteners. Make sure all are in good condition. And last but not least, if the owner's manual is not available, check for a label on the car seat itself. This should provide details on the correct use of the 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.
In the US, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. While car accidents are usually unavoidable, what many parents may not know is that child injury during vehicle accidents can be significantly decreased or deterred by the proper use of car safety seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80% of all child car safety seats and restraints are used incorrectly; car seat manufacturer Clek puts this figure as high as 92%.