How to Choose a Car Seat

Rear-Facing

Rear Facing

Birth and older

Includes all Infant, Convertible and All-in-One Seats.

Infants must remain rear-facing until they are at least one year and 20 lbs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain rear-facing until they have exceeded the height or weight limits of their car seat. Children in rear-facing seats have superior protection for head, neck and spine. Some state laws also require children to remain rear-facing up to 2 years of age.

Forward-Facing

Forward Facing

2 years and older

Includes Convertible, All-in-One and Combination Car Seats.

Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child can move to a forward-facing car seat with a harness. Remember to always use the tether with a forward-facing harnessed car seat.

Convertible & All-in-One Seats

Booster

Booster

Approx. 4 years and older

Includes All-in-One Car Seats, Combination Car Seats and High Back Boosters.

In a booster seat, the lap belt should be low and snug over the child's hips and the shoulder belt should cross midway between the child's neck and shoulder. The belt must be worn the correct way always, even when the child is sleeping.

All-in-One and Booster Seats

Vehicle Seat Belt

Vehicle Seat Belt

Approx. 8 years and older

Your child can move to a seatbelt when they can sit with their back and bottom against the vehicle seat with their knees bent over the edge and their feet touch the floor of the vehicle. The vehicle lap belt should fit low and tight across the hips while the shoulder strap crosses the chest and shoulder.