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Do I Need To Have My Car Seat In Busses And Taxis
Yes: If your child is in a moving vehicle, she should be in a car seat with the restraint straps in place. In automobiles (including taxis), she should be in the rear seat and using the vehicle restraint system. The car seat must be used in busses also, although vehicle restraint systems are rare on busses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A lot!: Car seats are one of the most important advances in child safety! it is absolutely essential that you learn how to adjust your car seat, how to fit it properly in your car, and how to make sure it fits your baby well as he/she grows. Infants should always ride in the back seat, rear facing for at least one year. Never put an infant car seat in the front seat of a car. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stay rear facing: The aap recently recommended that babies remain rear facing until at least 2 yrs, or later if under the maximum weight for that seat. Car seats with "side impact protection" are being marketed but there is not yet standard testing for this feature. If possible, the middle of the back seat is safest. Booster seats are for after 4 yrs or 40# (whichever later), but many car seats accommodate 100#. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have it checked: Many towns have car seat checks offered by local safety officials or at the local police station. Your car seat needs to fit very securely into your car, it should be very hard to move it once it's installed. It must be properly installed to fully protect the baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could having to slam very hard on the breaks with my child is in the car, properly in her car seat, hurt her? Could she be hurt and I not know?
Hard to say: The potential for such an injury would depend on the kids age/size and how they were positioned in the car. I saw one that ended up a quadraplegic from such a stop at 6 wks, but mom had baby improperly positioned forward facing.Rear facing kids have little or no risk and such a stop in a kid over 2 would rarely cause injury.A good exam by a doc should be able to tell. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rear facing harness: The rear facing five point harness system is my choice for all infants under two and up to three if your child is still in the seats weight range. I prefer the convertable systems since you can get four or more years of use out of one seat. The model you understand how to install is your best bet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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