Booster Seat Basics: Adjusting your Child’s Booster Seat

Raising a booster seat’s headrests is a pretty simple process that many parents don’t know needs to happen.  Instead, they take their child out of a booster seat too soon, which is the last thing we’d like to see! If your child is having trouble fitting into that high back booster, the first thing to do is to raise the booster seat’s headrest. You can make your kiddo safer and much more comfortable with just a squeeze!

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A Growing Family’s Guide to Car Seats

When a newborn joins your family, it’s an exciting and overwhelming time! In anticipation of the newest little’s arrival, there are so many items to research and purchase. But only one of those new items is a critical purchase that’s designed to keep your baby safe in the event of a crash — baby’s first car seat. We’ll look at some important factors to consider in choosing baby’s first ride.

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Car Seat Basics: Using the Proper Belt Path

Convertible car seats are two products in one — a rear facing car seat and a forward facing car seat. Some models also include a bonus third product — a booster mode. Like a DVD player built into a TV, or a crib that converts to a toddler bed, it’s convenient to bundle these products, but that means there are features that could be misused. All convertible and multimode seats include two belt paths — one for rear facing mode and one for forward facing mode.

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Car Seat Basics: How to Measure your Child

Car seats have more than a few limits for the child who rides in them. They have minimum height, weight and fit minimum limits along with maximum height, weight and fit limits. When our users and readers are shopping for your child’s next car seat or trying to determine if a child has outgrown a car seat, they often ask for advice on measuring children for car seat fitting.

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Converting a Convertible: Going from Rear Facing to Forward Facing

One big decision plaguing many caregivers who visit our Facebook group is deciding when it’s time to turn their child’s car seat forward facing. When the child is at least two years old, and has outgrown the rear facing height or weight limits on their convertible car seat, the decision has been made for us, and it’s time to convert the car seat to forward facing mode.

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Car Seat Basics: Checking for Belt Path Movement

You want less than one inch of movement when you give it a firm handshake at the belt path with your non dominant hand.” I have said that statement many times to parents and caregivers. It’s one of those times where I wish English had a few more words so I could describe that in the same detail, but with less verbosity.

What does it mean, though? Let’s go through it a bit at a time.

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Registering Your Car Seat

The focus of the 2014 Child Passenger Safety Week is “Don’t Delay- Register Your Car Seat Today.” Why do car seats need to be registered though? Unfortunately, like anything else that is manufactured, there are sometimes recalls on car seats. Often they are simple and you can continue to use the seat until the fix is available, but occasionally, the recall is stop, do not pass go, do not use your car seat again until fixed. This is obviously important information to have as the faster you can get this information, the better.

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