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It can be intimidating not only to buy, but to install a car or booster seat for many parents. It's with that in mind that the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released a social video series called "The Wide World of Car Seats."
This three-video informational series offers a fun, relatable take on child car safety, which starts with choosing the correct car seat for your child's age and size.
Next, it's all about proper installation.
Lastly, parents shouldn't forget that just because a child outgrows riding in a booster seat, that doesn't mean there aren't still important safety considerations to keep in mind.
Next up, we asked Carole Guzzetta, Highway Safety Specialist at NHTSA, for some key safety tips parents should know.
Guzzetta told Parents.com, "The key thing we'd like parents to know with rear-facing seats is that we'd like them to stay rear-facing for as long as possible." According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should remain in rear-facing seats until at least 2 years of age, a position which the NHTSA fully supports. However, Guzzetta says parents can keep kids in rear-facing seats even longer, depending on the specific seat's manufacturer guidelines and the child's size.
At each transition—rear-facing to forward-facing, or from a 5-point harness to a high-back booster—Guzzetta advises parents to have their children "stay as long as possible. The key is for all kids to be restrained," she emphasizes. She offers these additional tips for ensuring your child has the safest ride in town:
You can also get your car seat inspected by a certified inspector nationwide. Find the closest location to you here.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.