The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long recommended that―infants ride in rear-facing car seats, and in 2018 the AAP updated that recommendation to encourage rear facing for as long as possible, until a child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
Which way should a baby face in a car seat?
i-Size car seats are designed to keep children rear-facing for longer, provide better side impact protection and make car seats easier to fit correctly. If you are using an i-size seat, your baby should be kept rear-facing until they’re at least 15 months old (Good Egg Safety, 2017; RoSPA, 2018b).
Do car seats go backwards?
Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward- facing car seat with a harness and tether.
Is rear-facing safer after 2?
But Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents to wait, because children are safest riding rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years old. … That’s because a rear-facing seat spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body.
Can my 18 month old sit forward-facing?
All manufacturers of convertible safety seats — the kind that can be rear- or forward-facing — say in the instructions that the seat must be rear-facing until the child reaches 1 year and 20 or 22 pounds, local officials said. Child safety specialists said they have long known that rear-facing is safest for all ages.
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.
What age do kids stop using car seats?
A child is ready to ride in the vehicle without a booster seat when the vehicle seat belt fits properly. This is typically when a child is 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall and between 8 and 12 years of age. Until you can check all 5 boxes, your child should continue to use a booster seat.