So we get a lot of questions about car seats, which one to use, and which one do I use nextand when?So in this video we are going to show you a progression of car seats and when to switchfrom one to the other.
Now the progression that I recommend to all parents is to start with an Infant Car Seat,then move into a Convertible, and then A Combination High-back and 5 Point Harness and then tofinish off with a Combination High-Back, No-Back Booster.
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Now typically the first car seat that you're going to use with your child is going to bean Infant Car Seat.
Now the biggest misconception is that you have to start with an Infant Car Seat.
You actually don't.
Most if not all Convertible Car Seats you can use to bring your child home from thehospital.
Now you do need to make sure you have the correct infant inserts in order to do that,some of them are included some of them you have to get them as an additional accessory.
But you can start with this and it's a little bit more budget friendly and you can skipthe Infant Car Seat all together.
However you're loosing out on the convenience of an infant seat.
Now an Infant Car Seat is designed with a base and so the base is what you're goingto install in your car so that you can easily click in and out your infant seat and that'sjust in case your baby falls asleep in the car, then you can just click them out andcarry them with you and it's easy to install every time.
Now this is also convenient because you can take your infant seat and click it into astroller creating a travel system.
Now you can't do that with a Convertible Car Seat.
That one's just going to stay in your car and you'll take the infant in and out.
Most, I want to say probably 95% of parents are going to start with an Infant Car Seatbecause they want those convenience features.
Now an Infant Car Seat you'll use from birth up until the weight or height limit of theseat.
Average is about 30 lbs and 32 inches.
Once they reach that limit you do have to go into a Convertible Car Seat.
Now having said that most parents will stop using an Infant Car Seat at about a year oruntil your baby gets too heavy, you're not really carrying it anyway because it's notconvenient anymore.
Now there are some study's showing that it's actually beneficial to stop using this ata year and start using a Convertible Car Seat regardless if they've reached that weightlimit or that height limit just because the Convertible Car Seat is going to keep themSafer.
Now when you're using this with an infant you do need to make sure that your using theinfant inserts that are included.
Typically those inserts are going to come out at about 10-11 lbs some of them are comfortfeatures so you do need to check with your car seat manual to see when those insertsshould be coming out.
Now this is a rear facing only seat.
DO NOT install an infant seat forward facing, it is not going to protect your child.
Also this handle there is a lot of confusion on whether you should keep it up or put itdown when you install and the reason for the confusion is it's different for every manufacturerso you do need to check with your manual to see if they recommend it being up or downor even if it matters.
Once your child reaches a year or you're not using the convenience features of an infantcar seat then you'll move into a convertible car sear.
Now the reason it's called convertible is because it does just that.
It converts from rear facing to forward facing.
Now when using it rear facing that's when you're going to use it with your little tinybaby, make sure you're using the appropriate inserts and to take those out when it's appropriate.
Just read your manual to find out when that is.
Now one of the biggest questions is when do I switch from rear facing to forward facing?This is probably the biggest safety tip that we can give you or the safety caution thatwe can give you.
The minimum standard is 2 years AND 30 lbs.
So they need to be 2 years old and weigh 30 lbs in order to turn them forward facing.
Now best practice is even longer.
You want to reach the limits of the car seat.
So that's the weight limit OR the height limit.
Once they reach either of those then you do have to turn them forward facing.
Now some concerns that come up with keeping your child rear facing longer are #1, Legroom.
Is my child comfortable?First of all, your child's going to get comfortable in any seat they're in.
They can put their legs straight up on the seat behind them.
They can crisscross them, they can tuck their feet up underneath their bum.
Another thing to consider is that a lot of people think that they're going to get a leginjury because there is no leg room in there but that's a huge misconception.
It's actually very rare that they're going to get a leg injury because the crash forcesor the energy is traveling in the opposite direction.
So it's actually taking them further from the seat in the car.
Now if they did get a leg injury while that is sad that is less detrimental to their healththen a neck or spine injury.
Now once your forward facing you want to continue using your convertible car seat as long asyou can and reach those limits of the car seat.
Now average convertible car seat weight limit is about 65 lbs.
I would say that most people will keep their children in a convertible car seat until they'reabout 5.
However you can go all the way up to those limits and the average 9 year old is 65 lbs.
So you can use this for quite a while and you do want to keep your child as safe aspossible so try to reach those limits of the car seat.
Now once you're ready to take your child out of the convertible seat you do have a coupleoptions.
Now unfortunately most parents will go straight from a convertible car seat right into a high-backor even a no back booster.
Just like this one.
Now that's not recommended now not only do they need to reach the height and weight limitof a booster but they also have to have the maturity.
Now this is one thing that most parents don't know.
Is that in order to put your child in a booster they need to be able to sit in the seat properly,properly harnessed every time even while sleeping.
Now if you can say that about your 5 year old go ahead and put them in a booster.
But I would say that's probably not the case.
That's where this seat comes in.
Now this is a combination high-back booster and 5 point harness.
The nice thing about it is it gives your child a little more room.
Say this one is getting a little bit squishy.
This one has a bigger seated space it also has a taller back so your child's going tobe a little bit more comfortable.
Now this is just forward facing.
So you don't have the option of going back and forth but you do still have this 5 pointharness and that's what's going to keep them contained in the event of a car accident.
Now once they reach the limits you can raise up the seat.
You can raise this all the way up.
Stop using the 5 point harness and then you can start using the seat belt of the car.
So you have a lot of flexibility with this one.
Now one thing to mention is seats like this seat or similar seats have a weight capacityof 120 lbs.
So you really can use this until your child can sit directly on the vehicle seat.
If they reach the maturity level and they can appropriately use a booster we recommendyou going to a combination high-back/no-back booster as I showed you before you can actuallytake the back off when it's appropriate.
Now the reason for the high-back or even a booster at all is really just to bring yourchild up or bring the seat belt down so that it's right here at their shoulders so that'sless movement that your child does in the event of a car accident.
You want it to be snug on their hips as well as right here on their shoulders.
So you would use the high-back as long as you need to and then you can take this offand use it just as a no back booster.
Now a lot of people will take the high-back off if it takes up too much room in theircar which is just fine as long as the seat belt is at an appropriate level.
Now when can you stop using a booster?This is a really big question that a lot of people have.
I would say most if not 99% of parents are not using a booster long enough.
It's ok for your child to stop using a car seat all together when their bum is seatedon the seat, their back completely against the back of the car seat and their feet areplanted on the floor.
If they're seated just like that and the seat belt is right at their shoulder you don'thave to use a car seat anymore.
But until then please use a booster.
Now I'm a CPS tech that stands for Child Passenger Safety Technician.
So that just means I know a lot about car seats and honestly this is my ideal progressionof car seats this is what I personally use with my children to keep them safe.
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Also follow up with our safety video to get more information on installing and harnessingyour child.