Parents: New Car Seat Safety Guidelines

Regardless of how many kids you have, it is hard to keep up with products that have been recalled and the exact guidelines for car seats.  I have a 1, 3 and 4 year old.  So you would think that I got this down.  But I still have to double check when my youngest can face forward and when my oldest can be in a booster.  It is tough to keep it straight, because it impacts the type of car you can buy and which car seats fit in each spot in the car.  

Then I have to deal with my kids fighting over which car seat they want.  Foolish me, I have 3 different brands.  I now know - buy the same of everything.  So I think it would be valuable to for all parents to review some new guidelines.

The guidelines are recommedations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The biggest change that impacts me is that infants and toddlers should remain rear facing until 2 years of age or when they no longer fit in the seat.  This is a new one for me, because I thought it was 1 year and 20 pounds.  Other important guidelines include that kids over 2 years should transition into sitting with a belt positioning booster only when they have exceeded the weight and height for their forward facing seat (which has its own harness).

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