Connie Hodges Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 03:03:56
All babies should use a rear-facing seat until they are two years old or have reached the height and weight limit of whatever seat you are using. Weight ranges for infant car seats start can start at 4 pounds and go up to 35 pounds maximum. Infant seats are equipped with five-point harnesses that offer good security for your baby and can only be used in a rear-facing position which is much safer in the event of a crash. The seat should also be adjusted to recline at a 35 to 45 degree angle.
Some of the convertible car seats come with as many as 5 reclining positions. When your child naps in the car and is forward facing then the multiple adjustments can keep smaller children correctly inclined. When rear-facing the seat should be adjusted to a proper angle in order to keep your baby's airway clear.
As a single mom of a wonderful two and a half-year old boy, it is imperative that I protect him the best I can. A few months ago, he was about to outgrow his rear-facing seat, and it was time to find something I could afford. I started by talking to other moms, reading internet reviews, visiting various stores to see what they had and learning as much about car seats as I could.
Installation instructions can be obtained from the car seat manufacturer, from your auto manual, the NHTSA.gov, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Parents.com. Parenting slide shows can be found at parenting.com. The NHTSA.gov website has a link to professional inspectors. More than 95% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Be safe. Make an appointment. Hospitals, fire departments and police stations will assist you with no fees. They will even install the seat.
Most car owners want to use their car for humans too. There are rear car covers which can be unzipped in half allowing passenger and dog to share the back seat. Most good covers also have access to seatbelts so that even if you don't remove the cover the seatbelts can still be accessed. For front seats there are covers that can be discreetly rolled up into a cushion.
Once your infant weighs twenty pounds or the top of their head is near the top edge of the seat, it will be time to change to a forward facing style seat. A forward facing seat is more upright and the higher end models adjust to allow toddlers a more horizontal position which means a more comfortable sleeping position during those long drives.