Infant-toddlers should remain in a rear facing car seat until they reach 1 year of age AND 20 pounds. Till infant-toddlers reach both of these milestones, they are not developmentally ready to be placed in a forward facing car seat.
Place your baby in a car safety seat every time he rides in the car.
The safest place for his safety seat is in the back seat of the car. Children who are less than one year OR are less than 20 pounds should be placed in a rear-facing care seat.
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The safest place for your child’s car seat is the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat.
Babies and messes go hand in hand. But some manufacturers ignore this universal truth, and a surprising number of car seats come with pad covers that you can’t take off.
Be smart: Buy one with a machine-washable detachable cover.
Did you know 98% of car seats are installed incorrectly?
Avoid car seats that require you to adjust the buckle from the back of the seat. The better car seats allow you to make adjustments from the front and have raised belt slots for buckling ease. A few models even adjust automatically.
Make sure that used or hand-me-down equipment, such as car seats, strollers and cribs, etc, haven’t been recalled for safety reasons. Call the manufacturer or the Consumer Product Safety Commission for an up to date list of recalled products.
Many companies offer thick car seat covers that act like a bunting for babies in the winter.
Parents should avoid buying any car seat cover or infant bunting that threads through the harness straps of their child’s car seat. Often the packaging of these covers states that the product meets all federal car seat safety guidelines. However, there are no federal guidelines governing after-market car seat accessories.
From: About.com: Baby Products