A baby car seat is probably one of the most essential pieces of baby gear that you can buy, especially if you have a vehicle. There are plenty of questions out there such as can you buy one from an online baby store, what type of car seat should I buy, and so many more things.
So today, I’ve decided to create an article that specifically talks about baby car seat safety so that you will know exactly what you need to do.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released guidelines for parents to follow regarding car seat safety. It is stipulated in the guidelines that you must use a car seat that is installed properly as a poorly installed one could lead to a risk of injury or even danger.
It is also important that you get a convertible one as the guidelines also stipulated that you need to use the rear-facing car seat first until your child reaches 2 years of age. From then on, you can safely reverse the car seat so that they can use it as a normal baby should.
It is a great fact that a lot of babies can make use of rear-facing seats for longer periods of time, simply because a lot of manufacturers have increased the maximum supported weight to 40-50 pounds.
Here are some of the other guidelines that you need to follow:
- It is important that your baby stays in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. In fact, since most car seats nowadays support a weight limit of 40-50 pounds, you can easily place your baby on that specific car seat for more than 2 years (the longer, the better).
- Once they’re big enough, you can then reverse the car seat so that it faces front. In this orientation, you can use the car’s seat belt to help them lock in place. A front-facing car seat should help support babies weights up to a maximum of 70 pounds.
- If they are much bigger than the limit of a front-facing car seat, you should then transition to a belt-positioning booster until the age of 12. This will be the car seat that will be used by your child for the most part.
Once they are big enough, you do not need a specific car seat anymore and you can just use the car’s literal seat, along with some seat belts of course.
If you have more questions about car seat safety, you can visit the American Academy of Pediatrics page for more insight.