3 Rules for Car Seat Safety

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3 Rules for Car Seat Safety

Simple strategies from the American Academy of Pediatrics for keeping kids safe while driving around with mom

It can seem like the proper installation of an infant car seat should be followed by a cap and gown ceremony. But be careful about graduating your little one to a front-facing car seat too early. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, toddlers who ride rear-facing in a car seat are more than five times safer than those who ride in forward-facing car seats. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

1. Infants should always ride rear-facing until they’re at least 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds.

2. If your baby slouches in his car seat, pad around (never under or behind) him with rolled-up blankets. Avoid using any sort of car safety seat insert unless it came with the seat or was made by the same manufacturer.

3. Never place a rear-facing car safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an active front passenger air bag.