When to Stop Using Infant Car Seat? Everything You Need To Know

Helen Skeates
Helen Skeates
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When to Stop Using an Infant Car Seat is the topic of this article. Infants should be rear-faced for as long as feasible, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In the event, however, that your child grows out of

According to state laws, you should keep them in a booster seat until they are large enough and ready for adult belts. Most children will need boosters until they are at least 12 years old or they reach the height of 60 to 80 inches, whichever comes first!

What kind of car seat should a 40 lb child be in?

When a child reaches a certain weight and height, it’s critical that they ride in the proper car seat. A belt-positioning booster or high back booster with harness straps should be used for a 40-pound youngster.

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At least 100 pounds (or roughly 4 feet 9 inches) tall, kids can utilize this sort of car seat. Getting your child into or out of a harness-less restraint system, or even one without one, isn’t necessary as long as they’re inside these boundaries.

Rear-facing is still recommended for children under the weight restriction of their current car seat, in case you were curious.

How long should kids use a 5-point harness?

Ans: There are a number of variables at play here. Consider a different car seat or booster seat if your child is still in the harness after their second birthday.

Adults who transport children on a regular basis may find these systems more convenient because they require fewer trips out of their vehicles between drives, especially if they are not already injured as a result of a crash. If this is the case, children may have outgrown their current restraint system and need to be switched to one with less restrictive padding.

Despite the fact that pre-school-aged children may have been able to belt themselves, as they reach school age and older, all restraints must be buckled in by the child or they will not be allowed to ride in the car.

What are the height and weight requirements for a backless booster seat?

A backless booster seat’s height and weight restrictions vary by state. The only need is that youngsters be able to sit up straight in the back seat of the car without slouching, regardless of their height or weight.

In addition, their shoulders must rise over the lowest harness slots in their kid safety seat. DMV offices and local police departments can be contacted for more specific height and weight information.

The car seat is too loose in your car

Grab the base of the car seat with both hands and see if it’s comfortable. Pulling at the belt path should not allow you to move the safety seat more than 1 inch in either direction. If you’re able to, then it’s not secure enough. According to car-seat inspectors, this is the most common error parents make.

Risk: A youngster who is strapped into an unstable seat could be gravely injured when the vehicle collides with another vehicle and hits the rear of the front seat’s backrest.

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The quickest cure is to read the car seat’s instruction booklet and the section of your vehicle’s owner manual that deals with car seat installation. The LATCH system or a locking seat belt must be used to secure each car seat in place. In order to properly secure your child’s car seat, insert your knee in the seat and put all of your weight on it (for an infant seat, use your arm). Tighten the seat belt to the point where it’s securely fastened. After then, remember to secure your child’s safety belt – a crucial step that many parents overlook.

The harness is too loose on your child

“If you can still pinch the fabric of the harness straps between your fingers after you have fastened your child into his car seat, the harness is too loose,” explains Stephanie Tombrello, executive director of SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. in Torrance, California.

In the event of a collision, “a child who’s unfastened in his harness can easily come out of his seat,” adds Tombrello. If the child runs into the interior of the vehicle or another passenger, he or she could get serious injuries. It’s possible that the child could be thrown from the vehicle, which would be the worst-case situation.

Tighten the harness for a quick fix. Ensure that the straps are tight and there is no slack in them.

Your infant is facing forward too soon

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children remain rear-facing until they reach the maximum height or weight capacity of the car seat. Previous recommendations from the AAP said that children should remain in a rear-facing position until they are at least two years old.

The danger: A baby’s spinal cord is still growing when the bones that protect it break. A child’s back, which is the strongest section of his body, is better able to withstand the enormous forces of a crash when he is rear-facing. An infant’s hefty head can propel him forward, exposing his spinal cord and placing him at risk of paralysis or death, if he faces forward.

Just obey the rules. For as long as possible, keep your infant rear-facing in his car seat.

Know where you can safely use an infant seat

In the United States, infant car seats have been transformed into multipurpose baby carriers that can be attached to strollers and carried by the handles on their backs. The infant seat carrier may be removed from the base while the baby is still in the seat, making it a portable vessel that you can use to carry both of you around your busy life. With its portability comes a certain level of risk because safe places to use or place a carrier can be found, while others are not.

Safe places for infant seats:

  1. While driving – With or without the base, the best spot for your child’s infant seat is in the backseat of a car. In the case of an accident, car seats are intended to keep youngsters safe within the vehicle.
  2. Remove your kid and carrier from the car and place them on the ground when you need to put them down. There is, however, a catch. Infant seats in the car are designed to be seated at a specific angle in the vehicle. On level ground, you lose the option to alter the angle, which could put your child at risk of cutting off their airway if the seat is too high. In the end, the best practice is to remove the child’s car seat if you have to get out of the car.
  3. Infant car seats can be attached to a variety of strollers, although not all of them can be used with all of them. In the following section, we’ll go into greater depth on this topic.

Unsafe places for infant seats:

  1. A baby in an infant seat carrier should never be placed on an elevated surface, as this can result in a serious accident.
  2. If your kid is in an infant seat, avoid placing them on anything soft, such as your bed or a couch. Your infant may suffocate if the seat rolls over and the soft surface suffocates them, or they may tumble due to the higher surface in these cases.
  3. We’ve all seen this one: people riding their bikes on top of shopping trolleys. In a shopping cart, the car seats have been placed in the space designated for young children. Despite the fact that it appears as if this is meant to be, this is not the case. Because of the additional weight and greater proneness to tipping that an infant seat adds to the shopping cart, it is not recommended for use on top of one. If you must take the infant seat shopping with you, it is suggested that the car seat be placed in the large part of the shopping cart where it cannot fall. The reality is, yes this will essentially take up the entire basket where you needed to place the items you’re shopping for. An alternative, and often preferred option, would be to leave the infant seat in the car and wear your baby with a carrier. Your shopping basket is freed up so you can buy all the things on your to-do list.

When using an infant seat carrier outside of a vehicle, make sure the harness is always secured and fitted tightly on your child. An unbuckled or loosely buckled harness puts your child at risk of slipping out or becoming entangled in it, which could result in serious injury or death.

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Can you leave a 6-year-old in the car?

No. You should never leave a child in the car unattended unless you’re going to the store for only a few minutes. While waiting for you, they might try to sip your coffee or consume the sachets of creamer.

If they’re accompanied by someone older than 13, they can wait, but if not, you should leave them alone for no more than five minutes. Don’t use the fact that an infant can’t be left alone for more than a few hours as an excuse!

Helen Skeates

Helen Skeates

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