Car seat safety for your child

With so much information on the Web and print materials, finding a good car seat for your child is no longer a big problem. Before we discuss ways to find a good car seat, let see what the guidelines requires. State requirements may differ slightly. But children are required to be seated in car seats until they reach four foot nine inches and between eight and 12 years old.

When choosing a car seat find a seat that fits your child’s length and weight, and fits your vehicle. Like your child, any car seat should grow with your child. During his or her first few months, a rear facing car seat that is used for infants and toddlers will be required. A recent guideline from a pediatric association suggests keeping the child in this position until two years of age. As the child transition from a toddler to a preschooler, use a forward facing car seat with a harness. Start to use a booster seat during child’s early school years and keep your kid in the back seat with properly harnessed as he or she gets older. Valuable information about car seats can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site.