Car Seat Safety
Are you ready to bring your newborn baby home from the hospital? Your home may be ready for your new arrival, but making sure your vehicle is ready is just as important.
Have you chosen the right car seat for your baby? Did you do your research and are you aware your state’s laws and requirements? Car seats have come a long way over the years. Some are now equipped with absorbing foam, adjustable harnesses, and reclining positions. Your child’s seat can be personalized for your liking.
We highly recommend car seats that have been tested to meet or exceed federal requirements. Keeping your child safe is of the utmost importance. A car seat that is properly installed according to the manual will make a substantial difference should an accident occur.
For infant children, car seats should be rear-facing until 2 years of age, or until your child reaches the maximum height and weight for their car seat. For years, this requirement was a minimum of 1 year old and 20 pounds but studies have shown children are much less likely to be injured in an accident in a rear-facing seat until 2 years of age. Rear-facing car seats are more supporting of the neck, head, and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, with energy absorbent foam around the front, rear, and side of the seat. Many car seats have a variety of height and weight standards and requirements. Some weights will range from four to 45 pounds and heights up to 37.5 inches. When buying a car seat with a larger range, it simply allows you to replace the car seat less often. However, this is age and not a deadline; just a safety guideline to go by when making the transition from rear to front facing car seats.
Most children need booster seats until they reach 4’ 9” tall or are between the ages of 8 and 12. The booster seat will make sure the seat belt fits properly across the middle of the chest and snug on the hips. Children should always ride in the backseat until at least 13 years of age.
Bottom line, do what’s safest for your child. Move your child to the next size seat when you absolutely have to, not when the minimum requirements have been met.