As your child grows, you'll need to change the direction that his car seat faces and how he sits in it -- and you may need to buy a new seat. Check out this age-by-age guide to keeping car travel safe for your little one.
Kids must remain rear-facing until they're 2 years old or have reached the maximum height or weight capacity of the car seat. Your options are:
For kids who are at least 2 years old and have reached the maximum height or weight capacity of the car seat, they should ride rear-facing as long as possible, options are:
For children who have outgrown seats with a harness, use a belt-positioning booster with lap/shoulder belt in the car. It fits kids up to 80-100 pounds. Most kids need boosters from about age 3 or 4 to at least age 8. Children need head support; use a high-back booster if the car has a low backseat. A backless booster can be used if the car's seat has a headrest.
Additional Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 800-424-9398, 888-327-4236
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