Do’s And Dont’s Of Infant Car-Seat Use

Do’s And Dont’s Of Infant Car-Seat Use.

This useful Consumer Reports article gives some safety advice on infant car-seat use.

How long can you leave a baby in a car seat? You just don’t want them sleeping for more than two hours in the same position. If you’re travelling on a long car journey, stop for a little bit and take your baby out of the car seat. If you’re using a travel system, don’t keep your baby in the car seat for more than the two hours.

How tight should the straps be on an infant car seat? Pull the harness snug to your child’s body – the straps should be tight enough that you can just slip two fingers flat between your child’s body and their collar bones.

How old does a child have to be in a front facing car seat? The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation has been to keep a child in a rear-facing seat until she’s at least 1 year and 20 pounds. But a new study has found that it’s five times safer for your 1-year-old to ride facing backward than forward. Credit: Parents.Com

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