Babies' bones are still developing and not strong, so the impact of a crash could be fatal if they aren't secured in a child car seat. All infants under the age of one should be secured in rear-facing car seats. Although car seats are manufactured by weight and height as opposed to age, it's important to know that despite a child's weight, it's best for them to ride rear-facing for as long as possible.
Once the infant is over the age of one and has outgrown the rear-facing car seat, you can introduce the forward-facing seat. Crucial to keep in mind is the weight and/or height limit of the seat, as this could reduce the safety features and the comfort of the seat, putting the child at risk.
A regular car seat and seat belt may seem safe enough but it is recommended that children use a booster seat until they are at least four years old.
Guidelines For Buying
Although most baby stores are well informed about the specifications of child car seats and which ones to use at which stage, here's a helpful guideline:
Donating Your Old Car Seat
It's inevitable that you'll need more than one car seat for your child during the course of their childhood. And what do you do with them after your child has outgrown them? Something we might not think about is that not every family can afford a child car seat, let alone the correct one for each age. That's where organisations like Wheel Well step in. Contact them to donate your old car seats.
For more information about child car seat laws and road safety, visit Arrive Alive, Drive More Safely and Wheel Well.
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