Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12. Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing.
How long should a child be in a car seat?
Install the new car seat in the rear-facing position to allow your child to continue to face backward. When your child outgrows the rear-facing weight or height limit, they can transition to a forward-facing car seat. Keep your child in a car seat with a harness for as long as possible, at least until age 4.
When can a 4 year old ride a rear facing car seat?
In the right car seat, most kids can now ride rear facing from birth until they’re 3 or 4 years old, with a minimum of 2 years. When should I switch my child to a forward-facing car seat?
How long should I Keep my Baby rear-facing?
It is advisable to keep your baby rear-facing as long as possible, according to your car seat’s manual. This is the safest position for young children in the case of an accident. Wait as long as you can to turn your car seat around.
Is the back seat safe for children under 13?
Remember, the back seat is the safest place for children younger than age 13. If you have questions about child passenger safety laws or need help installing a car seat, participate in a local car seat clinic or inspection event.
How should a 2 month old sit in a car seat?
“A newborn should ride semi-reclined, so that the angle of the car seat (where their head and chest rest) is reclined enough to keep the baby’s head back and his chin off his chest, but never more than your child’s seat allows,” Dr. Baer says.
How to fit baby and child car seats safely?
Look out for safety days where experts demonstrate how to fit baby and child car seats safely. These often take place in supermarket or shopping mall car parks. Make sure you always put your baby into their car seat from the pavement side of the car. Make sure your baby is securely strapped in according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
How long should a baby sleep in a car seat?
Most car seat manufacturers and experts agree that when you are on a long car trip a baby should sleep no more than approximately 90 minutes without being taken out to stretch, even if that means waking him/her up.
How long should you use a car seat?
Safety experts and car seat/travel system manufacturers have all agreed on a set safety standard. They recommend only using the car seat for two hours within a 24 hour time period. You may have heard this be referred to as ‘the 2 hour rule.’
What is the 2 hour rule for car seats?
They recommend only using the car seat for two hours within a 24 hour time period. You may have heard this be referred to as ‘the 2 hour rule.’ This advice is not only recommended for car seats but any travel system, buggy or pushchair where the baby is not in a lie-flat position. Why the 2 hour rule?