Car Seat Safety Basics

Do's Don'ts and how to properly use a car seat

Car seat safety is an important topic during childhood. As parents, we want to make sure our children are always safe,…

I’d like to start with the basic recommendations. Currently, the AAP recommends that all children are kept rear-facing until the age of two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements for their seat. This ensures the child is in the best position during an accident, with the least amount of stress on the head and neck. When moved to forward facing after the age of 2, it is recommended that a child remain in their Forward-Facing seats for as long as possible, until they meet the height and weight requirements of their seat. Children above the height and weight requirements for a Forward-Facing seat should still remain in a Belt-Positioning Booster seat until the vehicle's seat belt fits properly without - typically between ages 8 to 12, or until the height of 4 ft, 9 inches. Weight is not a factor in moving out of a booster, only height!