How do you tell when your baby has outgrown infant car seat?
Outgrowing the Car Seat
You’ll know that your baby has outgrown the infant car seat when there is less than an inch of hard shell over the top of baby’s head or when your baby exceeds the maximum height or weight of the car seat.
What age should a child change car seats?
All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age.
How long does an infant car seat last?
Car seats can be used safely only for a defined period of time, typically 7 to 10 years. Think about it: Your car seat goes through a lot during its useful life.
Can I skip the infant car seat?
Babies outgrow some infant seats relatively quickly. Lots of people find it difficult to squeeze a convertible into the budget after purchasing an infant seat only to use it for less than a year. Skipping the infant seat altogether can save money! A convertible seat is definitely an option.
How long do babies stay rear-facing?
The AAP now recommends that kids sit rear-facing until at least age 2 and for longer if possible. NHTSA now recommends: “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.”
How long can a 6 month old be in a car seat?
However, infant healthcare professionals, safety experts and most car manufacturers recommend that babies should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours at a time and they should be taken out frequently. If your trip involves driving for long periods of time, you should stop for regular breaks.