Doctor insights on:
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Carseat dependent: Under 4 years old I would recommended a forward facing carseat with a 5 point harness. Weight depends on the carseat recommendations ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
How does a car seat expire?!? It doesn't make sense. What harm could it cause the baby? And y doesn't the other stuff expire, like the swing and bouncer
Shell issues/ tech: The plastic shell of seats begins to age when made. They often sit in the car with temperature range from < freezing to >120.This stress turns the plastic brittle, in a crash the straps rip through the weakened shell and baby can be ejected from the vehicle. Improved technology also places older seats in a lower quality category, not a good thought for a precious rider. ...Read more
Day of birth: A car seat should be used from the day of birth ANYTIME infant is traveling in a car. If baby was premature or very tiny, bring the car seat up to the hospital and ask the baby be monitored in your car seat to make sure breathing is fine in that seat. If not, car beds for premature infants are available until the baby gets big enough for a conventional car seat. ...Read more
She must use it.: Make some colorful toys available, make sure the sun is not shining directly into her eyes, make sure it fits her appropriately and that she's not too cold or too hot. At that point, just let her cry and try to avoid long trips without frequent stops. She will get used to even unpleasant experiences if there is no choice. ...Read more
Rear-facing carrier: They do not have the muscle strength or proportionality to sit forward in a car seat. ...Read more
Try them out: Everybody is built differently. Everybody experiences pain differently. Just like buying a dress or pair of jeans, you have to try one out to see if it is right for you. ...Read more
Chest pain: Probably injured a chest wall muscle.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Not a chance. Nearly 100% is skin-to-skin. Even underwear in direct contact to skin is very unlikely to transmit it. Exposure to air will kill it quickly (way faster than two people can get out/in a car.) Don't worry but avoid unprotected sex w/ an infected person - especially during an outbreak. Relax. ...Read more
Child. Age 3.5yrs. Mass law. 41.4 lbs how much until she's out of a car seat and in a booster seat in back?
My baby crying as soon as we place her in car seat. Because of this problem we cant able to go any trip. How can we make her to calm down?
Ear plugs/phones: If s/he gets use to being strapped in for every short trip it should gradually get better. Fussing is the primary tool of infants, when they realize you don't change because of it they eventually opt for less. It is important NOT to attach mirrors or toys to the seat or surrounding area that might detach in a crash and hit them in the face. Check with www. Safekids. Org for more on car seat safety. ...Read more