Buckle up: Car seat guidelines updated
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have recently updated its guidelines on car seats and made it even easier for parent to use the right car seat for every age.
Babies are recommended to ride in rear-facing car seats until they are at least 2 years old or have reached the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
After that toddles should be in a forward facing car seats for as long as possible until they have reached the highest weight or height allowed by that car seat.
They should then be put into a booster seats until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall. Most children reach this height between the ages of 8 and 12.
Finally once kids are tall enough, they can ride in a car with just a seat belt. The only change the AAP has made is recommending that all children younger than 13 ride in the back seat of the car.
The AAP goes into more detail about each stage which you can read here. They also provided some car seat shopping tips to help parents make the right choice.
You can see their new simple car seat chart below.