Did you hear? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released new car seat guidelines, which just might change the way you buckle up your kids.
They now recommend that children should ride rear-facing until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. Also, children should use a booster seat until they reach 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old. Finally, they should ride in the rear of the car until they are 13 years old.
It pretty much means your child will be riding in some sort of car seat for a very long time, so if you haven’t yet, you’ll need to invest in one that will go the distance. Here are some of our favorites:
If you want a rear-facing infant car seat that you can use with a stroller, try the Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat ($136). The best-seller is consistently given high ratings, is affordable and has a max weight limit of 35 pounds.
There’s no denying that Britax Convertible Car Seats are amazing, but if you have a big family or a small car (or both), the Combi Coccoro Convertible Car Seat ($180) is the way to go. Its small footprint means you can fit three of them across the back seat easily, or two with an adult in between, and it weighs only 11 pounds. Use this convertible car seat with children 5-33 lbs rear-facing and children 20-40 pounds for forward facing.
As far as the booster seat, this Britax Frontier 85 Harness Booster Car Seat ($224) has a weight capacity of 85 pounds (in the forward-facing harness) and 120 pounds (as a belt-positioning booster). Impressive!
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