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Description:This 2004 photograph shows an infant who has been properly positioned, and buckled into a rear-facing infant-only car seat. For example, notice the harnesses are snug; the plastic harness clip is positioned at the armpit level in order to hold the shoulder straps in place; the straps are lying flat; the baby is dressed in clothes that allow the strap to go between the legs; and the child is not slouching down, or to the side.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least 1 year of age, and weigh at least 20 pounds. Never place rear-facing seats in the front seat of a vehicle that has an airbag. The different types of acceptable rear-facing seats include infant-only (seen here), and convertible seats. Convertible seats are bigger than infant-only seats, and can be used as forward-facing seats for cases involving larger children. The AAP advises that choosing seats with additional harness slots will allow you to accommodate how you secure your child as he/she grows within the limits of the same seat, thereby, allowing it to be used longer.

For more information on car safety seats, select the AAP link below.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ American Academy of Pediatrics
Creation Date:2004
Photo Credit:Annemarie Poyo
Links:AAP – Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2005
CDC – National Center for Injury Prevention and Control – Fact Sheet
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