As part of Baby Safety Month, this series will be on the importance of car seats—all the ways they can keep a child safe, how to properly install them, the different types of car seats, and much more!
The Importance Of Car Seats
The safety of a child should take precedence over anything else for a parent, and one such way to ensure this safety is through the proper usage of car seats. The proper usage of car seats can work to prevent the death of a child if the worst case scenario of an accident were to occur. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 2014 602 children, from the age of 12 and younger, died in motor vehicle crashes, and of these children who died, 34% were not buckled up.
So, many parents already understand the importance of car seats, but how can they go about choosing the correct one? Finding the right car seat can be overwhelming for parents with the variety that is currently available in the market. This guide will seek to alleviate this by providing some basic information on car seats.
Type of seats: Rear-facing—only; Rear-facing convertible
General Guidelines: Current guidelines dictate that infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until the age of 2 or until the maximum weight or height the car seat manufacturer allows for has been reached.
Toddlers & Preschoolers
Types of seats: Convertible; Forward-facing with harness
General Guidelines: Current guidelines dictate that once a child has outgrown a rear-facing convertible seat, they should use a forward-facing seat, with a harness, until the maximum height or weight the car seat manufacturer allows for has been reached.
Type of seats: Booster
General guidelines: Current guidelines dictate that once a child has outgrown the forward-facing car seat; they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the seat belt fits them properly.
Type of seats: Seat belts
General guidelines: Current guidelines dictate that once a vehicle fits a child, they should use seat belts that cover the lap and shoulder to ensure the best protection. All children under 13 years should be a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle.