The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat’s manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
What age do toddlers change car seats?
As they do, parents using an infant seat generally switch to a larger, convertible seat anywhere between 9 months and 2 years, depending on their child’s size (bigger kids will likely move on faster), though they can opt to do so sooner if the seat is rated safe for their child’s height and weight.
Does a 2 year old need a booster seat?
Current California Law:
Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. … Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt.
What are the car seat requirements for toddlers?
Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.
What kind of car seat should an 18 month old be in?
When your child outgrows her infant seat, the right car seat for your child is a convertible car seat. Convertible seats are so called because they can generally be used rear-facing for infants from 5 to 35 pounds, then converted to a forward-facing position for use with toddlers 20 to 65 pounds.
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.
When can you switch to forward facing?
Once your child has reached the weight or height limits for their rear-facing seat — likely sometime after age 3 — they’re ready for forward facing.
What age does a child not need a car seat?
To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements. Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
What type of car seat can a 2 year old use?
Group 1 car seats are for toddlers weighing between 9kg and 18kg. That’s from about nine months old up to around four-and-a-half years old. Many car seats on sale that are Group 1 are forward facing, although you can find some that let your child travel rearward facing until he or she is up to four years old.