Purchasing a car seat for your child should be based upon your child’s age and size. The wrong type of car seat can put your child at risk if you were in an accident. You should also choose a car seat that fits your vehicle, and use it every time. In order to maximize your child’s security, keep them in the same car seat for as long as possible, as long as they fit into the manufacturers height and weight guidelines.
What kind of seat is write for your child?
- Birth-12 months: Children in this age range should be in a rear-facing car seat.
- 1-3 years old: Keep your child in the rear-facing car seat as long as possible. Keep them in this car seat until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions allowed by the manufacturer.
- 4-7 years old: These children should be in a front-facing car seat until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions. Once they outgrow the front-facing car seat, it is time for a booster seat.
- 8-12 years old: Your child should stay in a booster seat until they can fit into a seat belt properly.
Remember, you should have your child sit in the back seat until at least the age of 12. The back seat is much more secure and your child will be more protected there.