Some of us spend more than half of our day in our cars. With our children.
We drive them to school, to day-care, to pre-school, to dance class, to soccer practice…you name it.
There’s no doubt we want them to be safe.
So, each and every time we buckle them in, shouldn’t we know and be reassured that we’re doing it in the safest way possible?
If you have not yet heard, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out with new car seat safety guidelines in March of this year.
In brief, infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least two years old. Once your child has graduated to forward facing in a car seat, keep him in a 5 point harness for as long as possible (yes, beyond the typical 4 years of age). Your child should remain in a belt positioning booster until she is 4 feet and 9 inches. And, no child under 13 should ride in the front seat of a car.
For more details on these recommendations, please follow me on over to my Dr.Mom column in today’s Sacramento Bee.
Here are some fantastic web sites to assist you in determining what kind of car seat is the safest for your child. Please visit them all and be in the know about car seat and booster safety!
What do you think about these recommendations?