toddler car seat

toddler car seat

Toddler Car Seat

Group Created with Sketch. SWIPE Infant Car Seats Infant car seats install rear-facing only, and are best for babies up to a year old and weighing between 4 and 40 pounds. This type of car seat is the best first seat for most babies and the best fit for newborns. Plus the convenient carrier makes it easier to transport a small baby. Infant Car Seats Ratings Convertible Car Seats These car seats can accommodate children rear-facing weighing 5 to 45 pounds and can then be turned forward-facing from the age of 2 through the toddler years and beyond (weighing 20 to 70 pounds). A convertible car seat is a necessary second seat to keep a child rear-facing until the recommended age of 2. Convertible Car Seats Ratings Booster Seats Booster seats position a child that weighs 30 to 120 pounds so that the vehicle seat belt lays across their body correctly. This is the last seat after a child outgrows a forward-facing harnessed car seat and before using only a seat belt. Booster Seats Ratings All-in-One Car Seats All-in-one car seats are designed to accommodate kids from birth to booster age: Rear-facing for newborns to 2 years old (weighing 5 to 45 pounds), and forward-facing for kids that weigh 20 to 65 pounds. The booster mode of an all-in-one car seat can be used for kids weighing 30 to 120 pounds. All-in-One Car Seats Ratings Toddler Booster Seats These forward-facing seats are used with an internal harness for toddlers weighing between 20 and 90 pounds, depending on the seat. When kids reach the weight limit of the seat’s internal harness, the seat can be used as a belt-positioning booster from 30 to 120 pounds. Toddler Booster Seats Ratings
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Toddler Car Seat

Middle of the back seat: The safest place to ride for all children younger than 13 years is the back seat. If possible, it may be best to ride in the middle of the back seat. However, it is sometimes difficult to install a car seat tightly in the middle if the vehicle seat is narrow or uneven. Also, most vehicles do not have lower anchors for the middle seating position. It is safest to put the car seat in a position where you can install it tightly with either the lower anchor system or seat belt; in some cases, this may be on either side of the back seat rather than the middle. A child passenger safety technician (CPST) can help you decide which place is best to install your child’s car seat in your vehicle.
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Toddler Car Seat

Always read the vehicle owner’s manual and the car seat manual before installing the seat. Any child who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by his car seat manufacturer. It is best for children to ride in a seat with a harness as long as possible, at least to 4 years of age. If your child outgrows a seat before reaching 4 years of age, consider using a seat with a harness approved for higher weights and heights.
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Toddler Car Seat

A tether is a strap that attaches the top of the car seat to an anchor in your vehicle. All new cars, minivans, and light trucks have been required to install tether anchors since September 2000, and almost all car seats come with tethers. If you have an older seat or an older car, it may be possible to purchase a tether kit from the car seat manufacturer. However, it is always best to purchase a new car seat to ensure your child’s safety isn’t compromised by an outdated or previously damaged chair.
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Toddler Car Seat

4 of 7 Tether Attachment is a Must 4 of 7 Facebook PinterestCourtesy of Edmunds.com Tether Attachment is a MustA tether is a strap that attaches the top of the car seat to an anchor in your vehicle. All new cars, minivans, and light trucks have been required to install tether anchors since September 2000, and almost all car seats come with tethers. If you have an older seat or an older car, it may be possible to purchase a tether kit from the car seat manufacturer. However, it is always best to purchase a new car seat to ensure your child’s safety isn’t compromised by an outdated or previously damaged chair.Win Baby Gear!
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Toddler Car Seat

Tether Attachment is a MustA tether is a strap that attaches the top of the car seat to an anchor in your vehicle. All new cars, minivans, and light trucks have been required to install tether anchors since September 2000, and almost all car seats come with tethers. If you have an older seat or an older car, it may be possible to purchase a tether kit from the car seat manufacturer. However, it is always best to purchase a new car seat to ensure your child’s safety isn’t compromised by an outdated or previously damaged chair.Win Baby Gear!
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Toddler Car Seat

Toddler Booster Seats These forward-facing seats are used with an internal harness for toddlers weighing between 20 and 90 pounds, depending on the seat. When kids reach the weight limit of the seat’s internal harness, the seat can be used as a belt-positioning booster from 30 to 120 pounds. Toddler Booster Seats Ratings
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Toddler Car Seat

LATCH is an attachment system for car seats. Lower anchors can be used instead of the seat belt to install the seat, and many parents find them easier to use in some cars. The top tether improves safety provided by the seat and is important to use for all forward-facing seats, even those installed using the vehicle seat belt. The seat belt and LATCH systems are equally safe, but in some cases it may be easier to install the car seat using one or the other.
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You must make sure the seat belt locks to help get a tight fi t. In most newer cars, you can lock the seat belt by pulling it all the way out and then allowing it to retract to keep the seat belt tight around the car seat. Additionally, many car seats have built-in lock-offs to lock the belt without having to separately lock the seat belt as well. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for details about how your seat belt locks.
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Vehicles with the LATCH system have lower anchors located in the back seat, where the seat cushions meet. Tether anchors are located behind the seat, either on the panel behind the seat (in sedans) or back of the seat, ceiling, or floor (in most minivans, SUVs, hatchbacks, and pickup trucks). All car seats have attachments that fasten to these anchors. Nearly all passenger vehicles and all car seats made on or after September 1, 2002, are equipped to use LATCH.
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Seat belts are made for adults. Children should stay in a booster seat until adult seat belts fit correctly, typically when children reach about 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 through 12 years of age. Most children will not fit in a seat belt alone until 10 to 11 years of age. When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for the best protection. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat.
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Our car seat buying guide will help you find the best car seat for your child at each stage, as well as tips to navigate your way around car seat features and installation. Our ratings reflect how easy seats are to use, how well they fit into challenging vehicles, and how they perform for crash protection in our own specialized testing that challenges seats beyond the federal safety standard.
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Most booster seats are not secured to the vehicle seat with the seat belt or lower anchor and tether but simply rest on the vehicle seat and are held in place once the seat belt is fastened over a child. However, some models of booster seats can be secured to the vehicle seat and kept in place using the lower anchors or top tether. (Currently, only a few vehicle manufacturers offer built-in booster seats.)
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Infant Car SeatNothing is more stressful than the first time you have to trust your choice of car seats to get your baby home. According to Consumer Reports, the Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat is the best overall pick for balancing crash protection, ease of use, and vehicle fit for infant seats with greater than 22-pound capacity. It’s perfect for driving baby around in style. ($199.99)

The AAP recommends that all infants ride rear facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 2 years of age or, preferably, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer. All parents can benefit from getting installation help from a CPST to ensure that their seat is properly installed.
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Front airbags are installed in all new cars. When used with seat belts, airbags work well to protect teenagers and adults; however, airbags can be very dangerous to children, particularly those riding in rear-facing seats, and to preschool- and young school–aged children who are not properly restrained. If your vehicle has a front passenger airbag, infants in rear-facing seats must ride in the back seat. Even in a relatively low-speed crash, the airbag can inflate, strike the car seat, and cause serious brain injury and death.

Published on Apr 7, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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