Baby Car Seat Guide
Everybody would be safest facing backward while riding in a car.
Babies are lucky to have seats that work this way. Infants are safest when riding facing the rear, because the back of the safety seat supports the child’s back, neck, and head in a crash.
So, whichever seat you choose, your baby should ride rear-facing until about one year of age and at least 9kg.
Two kinds of safety seats are made for babies:
1. Small, lightweight “infant-only” safety seats are designed for use rear–facing only. This kind can be used only as long as the baby’s head is enclosed by the top rim of the seat (A). The label on the seat gives the upper weight limit (9 to 13kg).
2. Larger "convertible" seats usually fit children from birth to about 18kg. Some new models have weight limits as high as 16kg for rear-facing use. These products are especially good for babies under age one who are growing more rapidly than average (B). It may be turned around to face the front when the baby is above one year old and at least 9kg (C).
What to do if your baby’s head flops forward?
- It’s important for an infant to ride sitting semi-reclined (halfway back or 45 degrees from horizontal). In the car, you may find that the safety seat is too upright for a new baby who can’t hold up his or her head. You can put a tightly rolled bath towel under the front edge of the safety seat to tilt it back a little so your baby's head lies back comfortably. Do not recline it too far.
Harness straps must fit snugly on the body.
- Use lowest harness slots for a newborn infant. Keep the straps in the slots at or below your baby's shoulders for the rear-facing position.
- It is very important for harness straps to fit properly over the shoulders and between the legs. Dress your baby in clothes that keep legs free. If you want to cover your baby, buckle the harness around him first, then put a blanket over him. A bulky clothing can make the harness too loose.
- To fill empty spaces and give support, roll up a couple of small blankets and tuck them in on each side of your baby’s shoulders and head (D). If he still slumps down, puta rolled diaper between his legs behind the crotch strap. Thick padding should not be put underneath or behind the baby.