It’s hopefully common knowledge now that rear facing in the car is the safest way for toddlers to ride. As a child passenger safety technician, I’ve heard all the reasons that parents choose to forward face too early, and I’d like to provide some answers to those questions here. Hopefully, this guide will help keep your child rear facing as long as possible!
If you have a small car, you know how difficult it can be to fit a rear facing only car seat in it. We decided to put 25 rear facing only car seats to the test and find which seats take up the least amount of front to back space. Remember that all seats fit differently in different vehicles, so even though you find a seat that takes up less front to back space, that doesn’t mean it will fit correctly in every vehicle. It’s always suggested that you try before you buy.
At CSFTL, we advocate for best practice when it comes to putting your Littles in car seats. That includes riding rear facing for as long as your Little’s convertible car seat allows.
A question that comes up quite often in our Facebook group is “how do I keep my rear facing child cool in the summer?” The companion question to that is how to keep a rear facing child warm in the winter. We’ve got one answer for both scenarios: The Noggle.
Looking for a convertible seat packed with easy to use features for your tall, skinny child? The First Years True Fit is made for you! This seat has been discontinued.
When the Britax Frontier 90 was released, we did a quickie review of the new Harness-2-Booster Britax Frontier 90 with the ClickTight installation system. We have been given the opportunity to look more in-depth at the seat, and are excited to share it with you!
When Britax announced the release of the new Frontier 90 and the Pinnacle 90, I will admit that I was pretty skeptical. As a CPST I’m used to sweating, struggling, and wrangling seats to get them installed properly. And that can only happen after figuring out whether to use lower anchors, or seat belt and determining how the seat belt locks, if I need a locking clip, or if there is a lower anchors weight limit I need to account for.
For most of you, summer is just beginning. For some, it never left. For others, it’s been around for awhile now. Here in Georgia, it can’t seem to make up it’s mind. One of the most common questions we get asked this time of the year is, “How can I keep my children cool in the car when it’s so hot out?” This question comes up most commonly with children who are rear-facing, as the air-flow tends to sometimes not reach them quite as well. NEVER FEAR! This blog is full of tips to keep your little ones safe AND cool, while still practicing extended rear-facing.
‘My family is going through a rough patch and we don’t have enough money to buy a safe car seat for our child. What can I do?’ This is a scenario we hear more than we’d like to. There is hope, a seat can be found for your child. Here are a few resources that may be
The Harmony Defender 360 is a fairly new addition to the world of combination seats (aka car seats that convert from a forward facing five point harness into a belt positioning booster), and I had the opportunity to take one for a spin this week.
Fortunately, we know that the law is not enough to keep children safe. NHTSA, Safe Kids, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that children between 8 and 12 years old continue to use a booster until they fit the belt correctly alone, usually around 4’9″.
I run a busy car seat inspection station and expectant parents are some of my most frequent clients. That means I see a whole lot of infant seats. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I’m scheduling an appointment and a parent tells me their seat is a Chicco KeyFit; because it’s just so easy.