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It is safe:
Laws vary by state. I believe in Texas, children over the age of 8 can ride legally without a booster.
In California the current laws is:
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 57" in height, may ride in the back with a seat belt. ...Read more
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
Www. Seatcheck. Org: If after reading the car seat manual and your car's owner manual you're not sure that your car seat is installed properly you can always have an expert check it out. Usually there's a hospital or fire station near by where someone can check the installation and go over how to secure your baby in the seat. Call 1-866-seat-check or go to www. Seatcheck. Org to find a location near you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 4 more doctor answers
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
Recently, I have been getting extremely nauseous sitting in the front passenger seat of the car & it's worse during short/local trips. What is wrong?
It's like sea sickness. Some people are more susceptible than others.
Discus this with ur doc if persists. ...Read more
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 4 more doctor answers
Confused?: A child passenger should ride in a proper passenger safety restraint for size and age until they are old enough to graduate to seat belts. This is usually age 12 yrs in the US. Kids change from a rear facing 5 point system to a forward facing no sooner than age 2 yrs. The best forward facing systems include a 5 point restraint which are available up to 60-80 lbs. Boosters are then used until 57" tall ...Read more
Girdle: I know they are not in fashion now but pulling your bottom to give you more cushion can help. A doughnut cushion or ring floaty may help too. ...Read more
Varies: If you started with a rear facing only infant seat, they next go to a convertible seat & stay rear facing until at least 2 yrs (can stay that way to the rear facing weight limit, often 30-40 lb). After that they forward face up to the seat weight limit usually 50 lb. I recommend that parents start off with a convertible car seat which you get a full 4-5 years use from before it needs replacing. ...Read more
2 years old: Rear facing car seat is the safest position for protecting a child. Children have inordinate head to body size ratio. This puts a child at risk in a car accident of the head moving at velocity the neck cannot control. This leads to neck injuries. The rear facing positions guards against this. ...Read more
Convertable: A convertible seat with a 35-40 lb rear facing weight limit, a 40-50+ lb forward facing limit & a 5 point harness. Kids should rear face until at least 2 to prevent catastrophic neck injury & can stay rear facing to the upper weight limit at any age. Some worry that the legs look uncomfortable, but this is a safety device not a throne. See: www. Joelsjourney. Com for an enlightening video. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer