According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the best way to protect your child when you are traveling is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. But what does that mean exactly? The safety experts at Britax put together some tips on the basics behind car seat safety to help parents navigate frequently-changing car seat regulations.
Infant car seats can be used from the moment your baby is ready to go for a ride in the car. Developed as a rear-facing seat, infant car seats are specifically designed to fit babies as small as 4 pounds (up to 30 pounds) and offer advantages such as easy portability and compatibility with strollers. When your baby is ready to transition from an infant car seat to convertible car seat, they should be kept in a rear-facing seat until age 2, or until they reach the maximum rear-facing height and weight for their seat.
Safety for Growing Babies
Convertible car seats are another safe option for infants. Capable of being used in both the rear-facing and forward-facing position, they “convert” from rear-facing to forward-facing to allow for longer use as children grow. Generally designed for children 5 pounds up to 40 pounds, it can be difficult to differentiate between the many convertible car seat options out there. When checking for seat sizing and fit, remember to consider the weight, standing height and seated shoulder height of your child, not just age. Make sure to measure your child’s seated shoulder height to determine when to transition them out of a convertible car seat and into a booster seat. And just as you consider features on cars, you’ll want to choose a car seat that offers top-of-the-line safety and comfort features as well as. The safety experts at Britax recommend side impact protection, comfort foam and multiple buckle positions for optimum safety and comfort from infancy through childhood.
Once you’ve determined which car seat is best for your family, it’s critical that you install it properly to ensure that your child is secure. If you are unsure whether or not your seat is installed correctly, visit a local child seat inspection station or consult a local child passenger safety technician.
About BRITAX Child Safety Inc.
BRITAX manufactures and markets a full line of premium car seats, strollers, baby carriers and accessories. Since its founding in Britain in 1939, the company has established itself as a trusted juvenile products brand, known for a commitment to thoughtful, innovative engineering of safe, top-quality and intuitively designed products. BRITAX USA is located in Fort Mill, SC and employs more than 200 people. For more information, visit www.BRITAXusa.com.
About Sarah Tilton
Sarah Tilton is the Child Passenger Safety Advocate for BRITAX Child Safety, Inc. As an active CPS Technician (2002 and Instructor (2004), Sarah is the spokesperson for BRITAX within the advocacy community participating in child passenger safety activities at a local, state and national level. Sarah serves on the new product development, technical writing and marketing teams at BRITAX. In addition, she managed and developed the training curriculum for the BRITAX Consumer Services department and organized and implemented a permanent checking station at BRITAX during 12+ years with the company. Sarah is currently active with the Safe Kids South Carolina, Safe Kids York County (SC), Safe Kids North Carolina, and Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) coalitions. She is also a member of the NC Child Passenger Safety Training Committee and the National Child Passenger Safety Board representing the At Large population and the Vice-Chair of the Manufacturers Alliance for Child Passenger Safety.
DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written by a paid sponsor for the Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) Campaign 2014 – Britax, and edited by Team PAM. The opinions expressed by Britax and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of PAM or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Britax.