When your child has outgrown the seat
What to look for in convertible seat
- It’s a good fit for your vehicle: Some cars have more room, others have car seats for other children already installed. When finding a new car seat, be sure it can be correctly installed in your vehicle, and will work with its size and any other seats that are already in place.
- It’s a good fit for your child: If Baby is growing bigger or faster than a lot of their peers, it’s a good idea to seek out a seat with higher height and weight limits than others might have, so you won’t find yourself buying another in a couple of years.
- It’s a good fit for caregivers: It’s important for Baby’s caregivers to completely understand how to install the seat every time, and that anyone who will be driving Baby around will be able to install and uninstall it easily, unless it’s a seat that’s going to stay in one place
Moving to a booster
Seat belts are designed to fit fully grown adults, and when Baby has outgrown the the car seat, they still won’t be fully grown. That’s why they will still need a booster seat to keep the seat belt positioned safely over their body. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends utilizing a 5-point harness until children outgrow it, so there’s no rush to move to a booster seat. However, if Baby is growing near the weight or height maximum of their seat and is behaviorally ready to ride in a booster, don’t worry that you are compromising their safety. There is currently no information that shows that a harness is safer than a properly installed booster seat for passengers who meet the size and behavioral criteria needed to ride in a booster.
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