How do you select an appropriate car seat?

What determines which child safety seat is right?

Height or weight exceeds the car seat’s limits, Shoulders are above the car seat’s top harness slots (the harness strap should be at or above the shoulder for forward facing children), Ears reach the top of the car seat (the child’s head no longer has proper “head rest”).

What is more important when deciding which type of car seat to use?

Your child’s age, weight and height all factor in when determining which car seat you should choose. … If possible, always choose a convertible seat that has a high rear-facing weight limit so you can extend the opportunity to rear-face for as long as possible.

At what age do you change car seats?

All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age.

When can a baby be in a car seat longer than 2 hours?

Many car seat manufacturers recommend that a baby should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, within a 24 hour time period. This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in: 1. A strain on the baby’s still-developing spine.

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How long should babies ride in this type of car seat?

Used for infants up to 22 to 35 pounds or more; check the instruction manual or the seat label for weight limits. Babies who have outgrown their infant-only safety seat will need a larger seat that can be used rear-racing, such as a convertible safety seat, until they are 2 years of age.