When riding in a vehicle, it is crucial for your child to be buckled into a child safety seat. The first rule of car safety is to fit the correct seat to your child and your family’s needs. The best child safety seat for a family is:
- One that is easy to use for the parents or caregivers
- Fits in the vehicle’s seats
- Is compatible with the vehicle’s seat belts, and
- Is the proper size for the child based on height and weight.
The following are guidelines based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: