|Description:||This 2004 photograph shows an infant who has been properly positioned, and buckled into a rear-facing car seat. For example, notice the harnesses are snug; the plastic harness clip is positioned at 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, 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.