With a new baby joining our family and Sammi turning 7 this summer, car seats have been on my mind. The question keeps running through my head: “How old/big is a child when they outgrow the need for a booster seat?” I remembered children were supposed to be in a booster until 4’9″ but I didn’t know if there was a weight stipulation, too. And with infants, I knew pediatricians are starting to recommend little ones stay rear-facing until 2. Two! Fortunately, in our area, there has been a new campaign launched to inform parents about these issues. Yay! I’ve seen a few billboards around town and finally caught the website this morning. I thought I’d share what I learned at Safercar.gov with you.
The most surprising recommendation for me is that children should stay in the back until they are 13. As if Sammi wasn’t already counting down the days to becoming a teenager, now she has one more reason to look forward to that milestone! I was surprised because I see so many early elementary school kids who ride in the front seat, with or without booster chairs. We’ve had a hard time convincing Sammi that she really needs to stay in the back for her own safety until she’s older. But now I know for certain the recommendations and support for it and feel armed for our next round of pleading.
If you have any questions about your child’s car seat, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety‘s website and find a car seat inspection station near you. We took our infant seat in when Sammi was first born. They not only made sure the seat was properly installed but showed us how the straps should fit on Sammi so we knew when to adjust them as she grew. This is info I wish we had received at the hospital as we spent over an hour trying to figure out how the straps were supposed to fit on her before we were discharged.
What is your biggest pet peeve about car seats or car seat regulations?