The type of seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child’s age and size and the type of vehicle you have. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about choosing the most appropriate car safety seat for your child.

Infants and Toddlers – Rear-facing only seats and Rear-facing convertible seats

Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

Toddlers & Preschoolers – Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harnesses

Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible car seat should use a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

School-Age Children – Booster seats

Children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a
belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically at 4 feet 9 inches in height and between 8 and 12 years old.

Older Children – Seat belts

When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection. All children under 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

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