Up to what age do children use a car seat in use?
Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit snugly in a seat belt. For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt should fit snugly across the thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should fit snugly across the shoulder and chest and should not cross the neck or face. Remember: Your child should continue to ride in the back seat because it is the safest place.
Do not buy a used car seat. If a car seat has been recalled, been in an accident or used incorrectly, it may not fully protect your baby.
For maximum safety, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for car seat use. Cars manufactured after September 2002 are equipped with a standardized car seat restraint system. This feature allows parents to attach the car seat to a permanently installed anchorage.
Chairs for children from 3 to 6 years old
Previously I have shared with you some tips for when the time comes to make the decision and buy the baby car seat for your car. This time I want to talk to you about a topic that deals with the safety of our children: the importance of having the car seat rear-facing for as long as possible.
They have higher weight and height limits to carry them rear facing and then you can turn them forward facing. There are now many brands with a wide price range, from $99 to $220. They are more expensive than seats that can only be forward-facing, yes, but how much is your child’s life worth?
One thing that causes parents to not know when to flip their child’s seat and do it prematurely is pressure and “advice” from others. Don’t be intimidated or feel bad about those comments.
Where in the car should the car seat go?
In many Latin American countries there are no specific regulations about baby seats and safety, but we recommend you this article where you can read the regulations in force in countries like the United States and that you can apply them by yourself for the safety of your family. There are basically three types of infant car seats:
The main reason is safety. Although most newborns will fit in a convertible seat or an all-in-one seat, experts generally agree that babies weighing less than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) travel more safely in a seat that is just for infants.
Another problem is that the slots where the straps exit are sometimes too high. When the seat is rear-facing, the harness straps should exit the seat at or just below the baby’s shoulders to provide adequate protection. If the slots are above your baby’s shoulders, the straps will be too high.
Until what month should babies travel rear-facing?
One of the questions we get asked most often is, “when is the right time to switch my child to the next car seat?” and it’s a very important question. There are different regulations that focus on weight, height and age, so it can be quite confusing. Therefore, we have compiled a summary of when you should change the car seat for your child.
If you opt for a “classic” infant car seat for your newborn, these are usually used until about 12 months and have a carrying handle for easy removal from the car. Infant car seats are always installed in the car in the rear-facing direction. They can be secured using the vehicle seat belt or, in some cases, an additional ISOfix base. Both options are equally safe if installed correctly.
Also check how the shoulder belts fit over your baby’s shoulders and what the seat’s user manual recommends in this regard. Most manufacturers state that shoulder belts should not come out from under the baby’s shoulders. So if the shoulder belts no longer fall straight across the shoulders when the headrest or shoulder belts are in the highest position, then it is also time to change the seat.