Families’ Guide to Car Seats

Maintaining your child’s safety while they are riding in a car, for example, by using a baby car seat, is one of the most important tasks you have as a parent. Your child’s developmental requirements, age, and size all play a role in the type of seat that is appropriate for them. The following information from about frequently asked questions is provided to help you gain a better understanding of your baby’s safety.

What happens if my child’s feet rest against the back of the car seat?
Parents frequently worry about this, but they shouldn’t be concerned about it. Because they are very adaptable, kids can always settle into a cozy position in a rear-facing seat. Leg injuries are extremely uncommon in kids who are facing the back.

What should I do if my child leans sideways or downward in the car seat?
You can try putting a receiving blanket that has been securely rolled on both sides of your infant. To prevent slouching, many manufacturers permit the placement of a small diaper or piece of cloth, firmly rolled, in the space between the crotch strap and your child. If the insert did not come with the seat or was not designed by the manufacturer for use with that particular seat, do not use it. The same goes for padding placed under or behind your child’s car seat.

Why should I put my child in a car safety seat before dressing them in lighter layers of clothing?
The risk of damage is heightened when your child is wearing bulky clothes, such as winter jackets and snowsuits, which can compress in a crash and cause the straps to become too loose to secure them. Ideally, clothe your infant in lighter layers and, if necessary, wrap them in a coat or blanket to cover the buckled harness straps.

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