There are so many car seats available that it can be an overwhelming job finding the right one for your child. According to Ben Hoffman, M.D., a pediatrician and expert in child passenger safety from Portland, Oregon, The best car seat is one that fits your child’s age, length and weight; fits in your vehicle and one that you will use correctly every time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised a policy in 2011 and suggests that parents keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until at least age 2, or when they reach the maximum height and weight guidelines set by the car seat’s manufacturer. Children between 1 and 2 years of age have a 500 percent decreased risk of injury if they are using a rear facing car seat. Also the guidelines recommend that most children should remain in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
It is important to always read the instruction manual thoroughly, especially the installation instructions. Properly installed car seats and booster seats are important for keeping your child safe.
Many communities have car seat check ups and inspections on a regular basis. Keep informed by checking your local paper or calling your local Police Department. By taking advantage of these events, your child will be safer when he or she rides in the car. And, as a parent, do not forget to use your seatbelt, too!