All infants under the age of one should be secured in rear-facing car seats. Although car seats are manufactured by weight and height as opposed to age, it’s important to know that despite the child’s weight, it is best for them to ride rear-facing for as long as possible. Babies and infants’ bones are still developing and not as strong as teens or adults, therefore the impact of a crash would be more fatal if not secured in a car seat at all.
Once the infant is over the age of one and has outgrown the rear-facing car seat, you can introduce the forward-facing seat. It is crucial to keep in mind the weight and/or height limit of the seat, as this could lessen the security and comfortability factor of the seat, putting the child at risk.
A normal seat and seat belt may seem good enough for a child, especially if they seem strong and big enough, however, children should use a booster seat up until they are at least four years old. You’ll see that in the booster seat the child looks more comfortable and is more secured.
When Buying Car Seats
Although most baby stores are well informed on the specifications of which car seat to use at which stage, it’s always helpful to also know which guidelines to follow.
Donating Your Old Car Seat
It’s inevitable that you will use more than one car seat for your child during the course of their childhood. One thing we might not think about is that not every family can afford a car seat, let alone the correct car seat for each age. However, organisations like Wheel Well provide car seats for those who cannot afford them. Contact one of those organisations to donate your old car seats.
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