Infant seats are only rear-facing. They are designed to fit newborns up to about 20-22 pounds, but some seats go up to 30 pounds. Most are designed to be used as a car seat and carrier, and have a handle to allow you to transport baby from car to restaurant to home, etc. Many times infant seats have a base that stays in the vehicle for convenience.

  • Babies ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year AND 20 pounds.
  • When they outgrow their infant carrier they can ride rear-facing in a convertible seat.
  • Keeping children rear-facing until 30-35 pounds, as most convertible seats allow, is the safest for your baby.

Which seat in the vehicle is the best for baby?

The middle of the back seat is always the safest since the child is the farthest away from any point of impact.

What if I have a truck?

If you have a single cab truck, and must put the child there, it is crucial that you turn off the airbag. Read your vehicle owner’s manual for information on how to do so. Front airbags deploy up to 200 miles an hour, and can injure a child, even if they are in a child restraint.

Should the handle of my infant carrier be up or down?

Make sure you read your car seat manual to see if it’s okay to drive with the handle of your infant carrier up, or if it’s recommended you put it down during travel. Each car seat manufacturer is different.

When is it time to switch seats?

A baby has outgrown their infant carrier when they have reached the maximum height or weight for the seat.

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