Car seats are extremely important when it comes to having your kids in the car and keeping them safe. 

There are so many car seats on the market, it can be hard to know what is the right seat and what is the best position for your child in the car. Some parents are excited to turn their kids to a facing forward position. It could be because it is easier to put the kids in the seat or it could be because the child hates the rear facing positions. It doesn't matter why, it is important to wait until the minimum recommended age.   

Rear Facing Car Seats: From birth until 2 years old, it is recommended that kids are in a rear facing car seat. Once kids have reached the age of 2 or have reached the upper height and weight limit of the rear facing seat.   

Forward Facing Car Seat: Starting at age 2 until at least age 5, kids should be in a forward facing car seat. They should stay in the forward facing car seat until they have reached the maximum height and weight of the 5 point harness forward facing car seat. 

Booster Seat: When kids older than 5 and have outgrown their forward facing car seat, kids should move to a booster seat. They should remain in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit in a seat belt and have it fit them correctly. The recommended height before graduating from a booster seat is 56 inches tall.   

Once your child has grown enough that the seat belt fits properly, they can move to just a seat belt. A seat belt fits properly when the lap belt part of the seat belt stays over the upper thighs and not the stomach and the shoulder strap lays across the chest and not across the neck.   

Children under the age of 12 should always be in the back seat. Never use a rear facing car seat in the front seat with an air bag. It is extremely dangerous.    

Author Note: Debi is a a tech junkie, travel obsessed, sweet-a-holic  married mom to 4 amazing kids. She is also the owner and author of a blog - The Springmount 6 Pack

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