Romper reached out to baby expert and Certified Child Passenger Technician, Jessica Zablan, from the Birth and Baby Company, who says that car seats should not move more than one inch on each side.
How much movement should there be in a car seat?
It’s important that the seat moves no more than 2.5cm side to side at the belt path. You can check this by wiggling the seat at the base closest to the belt path (not the top of the seat – it is normal for this area to move more than 2.5cm).
How do I know if my car seat is tight enough?
The harness is tight enough when you can’t pinch any webbing between your fingers at the child’s shoulder. Last, position the chest clip at the child’s armpit level.
Is it safe to put car seat behind driver?
You should only install a car seat behind the driver or passenger seats under the following conditions: If you have more than one car seat that needs to be installed. If your child is riding in the forward-facing position and you have another child riding in the backseat that doesn’t need a car seat.
Should Isofix Base be flat on seat?
If you have an Isofix car seat, you will have either a support leg, a top tether or both. With the support leg, you must ensure it sits firmly on the floor, isn’t lifting the seat up and isn’t resting on underfloor storage, as this could make it less effective in a crash.
Is it safe to put a towel under a car seat?
Many transportation experts agree that it is okay to use a tightly rolled towel or foam pool noodle at the back of the seat to help get your baby’s car seat to the safest angle for their age. After all, an improperly leveled car seat can’t protect your baby like it should.
How long can a 4 month old be in a car seat?
There is no published evidence which sets out how long babies should be kept in a car seat when travelling. However, infant healthcare professionals, safety experts and most car manufacturers recommend that babies should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours at a time and they should be taken out frequently.
At what age do you change car seats?
When your child is at least age 5 and outgrows the forward-facing car seat with harness, use a booster seat in the back seat. Use a booster seat until the belt fits correctly. A booster seat is often needed until 4 ft 9 in (145 cm) tall. Your child may be 12 years old before ready for an adult safety belt.
Can I turn my child’s car seat around?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.