Choosing the right type of car seat for your child is important. Picking the wrong type of car seat could be dangerous. There are many different types of car seats that change as your child grows.
Rear-facing Car Seats
Your child should be in a rear-facing car seat until they are 12 months old. After that, it would be a good idea to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. Generally 1-3 years old. Read the height and weight limit on your car seat to find this information.
Some car seats, called convertible or all-in-one, can be used through most if not all stages of your child’s development and growth.
Forward-facing Car Seats
Children 1-3 years old and 4-7 years old can use forward-facing car seats. Remember, keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. Check the height and weight limit of the car seat per the manufacturer’s instructions. The same goes for forward-facing car seats. Once your child has outgrown the height and weight limits of their forward-facing car seat, they can use a booster seat.
Children ages 4-7 and 8-12 can use booster seats. Again, check the height and weight limit of the car seat per the manufacturer’s instructions. Their seatbelt should run across their thighs and not their stomach.
There is overlap in age ranges due to children being unique. One child may grow faster than another, etc. Remove any bulky clothing so that their car seat harness straps fit snugly. Make sure there are not any twists in the straps, and the clip is across their chest at armpit level.