Janine Noel Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 02:45:39
Children (4 years to 8 years) - Kids aged 4-8 should sit in an approved booster seat placed in the back middle position. Lap seat belt should rest securely across upper thighs, with shoulder belt placed across the chest. If the shoulder belt falls on the child awkwardly, consider purchasing a seat belt adjuster which will hold the belt in a lower, more comfortable position.
Children should ride rear-facing in a car seat until they reach at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds. Parents are tempted to turn the car seat around, before the child is old enough, because it is difficult to see the child when they are rear facing. The baby would rather be turned around also, so they can see Mom and Dad. You must resist doing this, because it is not safe. Your babies neck is just simply not strong enough to take the force that is caused by a car accident. So as hard as it is, these guidelines must be followed.
Perfect Fit for the Baby - Choose the unit to buy with your child's age, weight, and height in mind. For example, infant seats that are rear-facing only are ideal for use with infants up to 30/35 lbs, the best model I have found that will take your child to 35 lbs is the Graco Snugride 35. While convertible models can be used in rear-facing positions until the baby is about 45 lbs, the only model I have found that will go to 45 lbs is the Diono Radian RXT convertible car seat. Although recent studies have shown that if a child is under 2 their neck is still not strong enough to support the head in the event of a crash. A child under 2 is 75% less likely to incur a serious injury or die when in a rear facing seat, so making sure the seat you purchase is suitable to be used rear facing until your child is 2 years old is an important consideration. Keep in mind that the best seat for your child is the one that can offer him the best protection while riding with you. You don't have to turn him around to a front-facing position just because he reached a certain age or weight. A lot of models today offer higher limits for the rear-facing position, which as stated above is generally considered safer.
With an infant car seat, you also can move your baby from car to house or vice versa without waking him or her up--a plus for both of you. Note also that extra bases are available so you can keep a secured base in each of your vehicles. Your baby may outgrow an infant car seat quickly and become too heavy for you to use it as a carrier. As a result, you may find yourself having to buy a convertible car seat after your baby is 6 to 9 months old. However, our advice is still to start with an infant seat before moving up to a convertible seat.
If your dog is going for walks or has a tendency to be car sick it would be worth investing in something heavy duty rather than the nylon protective seat covers. The heavy duty covers also protect against dog claws which plain nylon covers may not. If you dog is large or can get very muddy or wet it would be worth getting a hammock rear cover. This is secured on the front headrests and sits hammock like over the back seats. This means that the back of the front seats and the floor are covered too as well as the whole of the rear seat. Most of these covers are waterproof protecting your seats further and help prevent them smelling like damp dog. Not a good smell in your car. Make sure they can be washed too so you can freshen them up in the machine or hand wash them without the covers falling apart.
Convertible seats are used rear facing and then convert to forward-facing for older children. They are heavier and do not come with carrying handles. The weight limit is 30-40 pounds. They come with a harness. The harness secures at the shoulders, at the hips and between the legs.