Car seat safety for Rear facing Only ( Newborn to 2 years )

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Rear facing provide the best protection for your child ‘s developing spine , and you must use the rear facing for your newborn to minimum of age 2 , or until he / she reaches the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.

Here are the basics of a proper rear facing fit:

● Position the harness straps at or below the child’s shoulders.

● Position the chest clip at the child’s armpit level.

●Install the car seat at the correct angle — newborns require a more reclined angle while older babies with neck control can often ride more upright.

● Lock the handle into position before heading out for a drive.

There are so many different car safety seats in the market, what should I look for when I am buying a car seat and how will i know that it is safe for my newborn? But there is no best or safest seat. The seat that’s best for you is the one that fits in your vehicle and in which your child fits properly. I recommend that you look at the car seat and choose the one that is appropriate for your child and for your use and don’t buy a car seat based on price.

There are 3 Options available for Rear facing seats, which are Rear facing only seat, convertible seat, and 3-in-1 seat . When children reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their rear-facing–only seat, they should continue to ride rear-facing in a convertible or 3-in-1 seat.

Rear-facing–only seat:

– Use for infants to 22 pounds to 40 pounds (depending on the seat model).

– It is small and have carrying handle.

– Must use it only for backseat, never put your infant car seat in the front seat .

– Usually come with a base that can be left in the car, the seat click into and out of the base so you don’t have to install it each time you use it.

– Should be use for Travel only( not for sleeping, feeding or use outside the vehicle).

Convertible seat:

-Can be used rear facing and, later, “converted” to forward facing which is able to go from rearward to forward facing once the child is old enough based on the manufacturers recommendations This means the seat can be used longer by your child.

-This seat is bulkier than infant seats, however, and they do not come with carrying handles or separate bases .

-Many have higher limits in rear-facing weight (up to 40–60 pounds) and height than rear-facing–only seats, which make them ideal for bigger babies and toddlers.(depending on the car seat model and weight’s limit)

-The fit of a convertible seat may be slightly less secure for a newborn, so if you choose this model, make sure your baby fits snugly in the rear-facing position.

-Have a 5-point harness that attaches at the shoulders, hips, and between the Legs.

3 in 1 Seat: 

-which can go from rearward to forward facing and then can be used as a belt positioning booster seat.

-often bigger in size, so it is important to check that they fit in the vehicle while rear facing.

-does not have a carrying handle or separate base, also use for bigger baby and toddler.

-This seat can generally be used as a belt positioning booster up until 80-100 pounds.