We know that safety is important to you. Child safety seats are designed with your little one in mind, and they are easy to install, comfortable, and safe. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury for children, but using a car seat is the law in every U.S. state. Because car seats save lives, you must use them correctly every time you drive with your child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and toddlers ride in rear-facing convertible or combination seats until at least age two or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their particular seat (usually around 40 pounds).
The best car seat is the one that fits your child’s weight, size, and age. It also needs to be compatible with the vehicle’s make, so you don’t end up in an accident when driving around town or on long trips.
The rear-facing infant seat is designed to protect your baby from birth until they reach up 35 pounds (16kg) or up to the age of three to four years. This means that it will snugly fit them in a crash with their head supported and stay securely attached while protecting you against any angles or forces involved. A small child’s neck isn’t strong enough, so this position reduces the risk of death by 50%.
Kids who have outgrown their rear-facing seat’s height and the weight limit should use a harnessed seat for as long they can while still being protected by it until they reach 40lbs (18kg). Once this point arrives, parents will want them in either two different types of booster seats: A high back Booster that relies primarily on adult belts; And then there’s also an apostle type that uses both child safety belt systems.
Learn more about car seats and how they are important for children’s safety at our blog page.
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