Thursday, November 29, 2012

Car Seat Regulations

It feels like car seat laws are always changing. Sometimes it's hard to remember when your kids can move from rear-facing to front-facing, or from convertible seat to a booster seat. And when can they just sit in a regular ol' car seat with a regular ol' seat bealt. No worries, we are here to help!

*please note that these regulations apply to California only! 

Rear-Facing Car Seat

  • These are for newborn to 1 year old and 20 pounds.
  • If your child is 9 months old and 23 pounds they still need to be rear-facing. 
  • If your child is 16 months old and 18 pounds they still need to be rear-facing.  

Front-Facing Car Seat

  • These can be a convertible or combination seat. 
  • Child must be 1 year old and at least 20 pounds.
  • Child should be in a 5 point harness until they reach the top weight and height for your car seat.

Booster Seats (with back or without)

  • For children under 8 years old OR shorter than 4 foot 9 inches tall, use a booster with a high back if your car's back seat does not have a head rest or is below your child's head. 
  • A lap and shoulder belt must be used.
  • Use only if the seat belt fits your child properly.
Installing a car seat can be a challenge. Did you know that many local California Highway Patrol Offices have lessons that you can attend that will teach you how to properly install a car seat? Call your local office for more information. 

Safety is a top priority for all parents. 
What are some of your safety concerns when it comes to your kids? 

A special thanks to HerMama Regina B. for suggesting this topic. 
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  1. Another good resource are the Children's hospitals. They have workshops on how to install car seats and choosing the one thats right for you.

  2. They actually are reccomending kids stay rearfacing as long as possible and now to age 2 I think. In other countries they rearface to 4 years old. Some seats rearface to 40 pounds. Personally we are going to keep ours rearfacing as long as possible.

    1. Rear facing is safe. The problem I came across was by 16 months or so their legs were too long to sit rear facing. I heard there is a new car seat that gives you baby more leg room so they can stay rear facing longer. The Graco Click Connect 40 is a toddler carseat big enough for a toddler and can still be rear facing with lots of leg room.

  3. is a great website to look into if you have children.

  4. My daughter is 3 and I don't want to move her to a booster seat yet. I'm trying to keep her in a car seat as long as possible.

    1. I hear you! My oldest is getting close to 8 and I don't think I would move her from the booster!


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