Different states have different laws and recommendations regarding the use of baby car seats in your car. While, it is advisable that you follow the law so that you do not get into trouble with your state’s authorities, the recommendations provided by the regulations are not by any means best practice when it comes to child seat safety. In addition to the legal requirements, I recommend that your child should always ride rear facing until they are two, forward facing with a harness until age 6 and a booster seat until they are 13 years old.
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A majority of children are usually eager to abandon their booster seats and to embrace seat belts like the big children they deem themselves to be. Seat belts are typically designed for adults and can result in serious injury or even death if they fail to properly fit on a passenger. Best pack and play on the other hand safety option for your baby. There is usually some anxiety as to whether a child is secured in the safest way when riding in a vehicle. The question of when is a child ready for an adult seat belt is one that is a derivative of the law in a state, the actual size of a child, the kind of vehicle they are to ride in and even the age of the child.
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It can be tempting to just buy the cheapest convertible car seat that you find online, saying any car seat is better than none at all. Nonetheless this is not the best thing to do as you may end up with a car seat that is cheap yet uncomfortable or worse unsafe for your child.
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I’ve written a ton about car seat safety. Many people do. This device is the only device you absolutely have to buy for a baby or your child can die. You can rig random things to function as child-proofing at home or pick up things from a garage sale, but when it comes to your car seat, it HAS to be new, it HAS to be good quality, it HAS to be the right seat for your child and you HAVE to use it right or your child can DIE. I don’t know that I can make it any clearer than that.
Now, don’t get me wrong — I made my fair share of mistakes, and continued to make some for years, but kept improving. I have no problems with people who intend to learn and do better as they know more. It’s admirable, and it’s the best anyone can ask for. Whether or not you feel this post is helpful for you, please share it so that maybe it can get to people who can benefit, or more, whose children will benefit, possibly making the difference between life and death.
Last Update November 12th, 2016 I have been asked on several occasions whether or not rear facing would really be safe if you were to be rear ended. My response up until now has been that frontal and side impact crashes are the most fatal accidents, and that serious rear impact accidents are not very common. Therefore the child is best protected being in rear facing convertible car seats for as long as possible, in the most common types of accidents.
Why Rear Facing Car Seats are Safer
The statistics are on our side, According to Crashtest.Com, frontal and frontal offset crashes combine for about 72% of all crashes. Side impacts are about 24%. Rear and rear offset crashes only account for about 4%. The odds of being in a serious frontal crash are many times greater than being in a rear-ender.
However, it does happen and people have always asked “what if I was seriously rear ended with my baby rear facing?” Well, I now have an answer for you!