Anyway, today as I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I saw that someone had posted a photo pointing out how the girls' were not properly buckled in. I'll admit that it was one of the first things I noticed when I watched the video, and I am all for spreading car seat awareness. But I'm just not sure that public shaming is the best way to go about it. So I decided that today, I would like to talk about car seat safety.
Britax Frontier (pictured to the left). I love it because the height and weight requirements are the highest I have found. If you are in the market for a good convertable seat that will last, I definitely recommend it!
- Forward Facing: Minimum Weight: 25 Lb., Maximum Weight: 85 Lb., 30 "; Maximum Height: 57 "
- Booster: Minimum Weight: 40.0 Lb., Maximum Weight: 120.0 Lb., Minimum Height: 42.0 ", Maximum Height: 65.0
Here are some basic car seat safety guidelines to go by. The laws vary from state to state, but I don't think any of them are as safe as these guidelines recommended by the AAP. If you would like more information than what is provided below click here.
Infants/ ToddlersInfants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing seat until they are 2 years old or have reached the height/ weight limit of the car seat. As a minimum they should be switched to front facing at 1 year and 20 lbs.
A reclined, rearward-facing car seat cushions the baby’s back, head, and neck in a frontal impact. I know that we all are eager to see those sweet little baby faces in the back seat, but it is very important to keep them rear facing until they are at least 20 lbs so that they have time to develop those neck muscles.
Toddlers/ PreschoolersAll children 2 years and older should use a forward facing car seat with a 5 point harness for as long as possible. Up to the highest weight/ height requirements of the seat.
Reasons to keep a child in a 5 point harness over switching to a booster:
* The crash forces are spread over the skeletal body
over five points rather than three.
* The crash forces are spread to the strongest parts
of the child's body.
* Forward head excursion (the distance the head is
thrown forward) are lessened.
* The child is secured in the correct seating position rather
than being able to wiggle around, lean forward etc.
School Aged Children
When your child is at least 4 years old and 40lbs you can begin thinking about switching to a high back belt positioning booster seat, but it's best to wait till they have completely outgrown their 5 point harness seat. Children should stay in a belt positioning seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly. Usually when they have reached 4' 9" and are between 8-12 years old.
When children are old enough and large enough to use a seat belt alone, they should always use the shoulder/ lap belt with for the best protection. All children under 13 should sit in the backseat.
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