Know the Deal Before Getting Behind the Wheel
If you child is getting older and no longer fits in a car seat, then they should be in a booster seat until measuring 4'9" or until the belt fits properly. (Generally, until age 8-12 years) In addition, children who are under 13 should not ride in front.
Rear facing is the way to go, until the age of 2 years old, or until they outgrow the seat (in Sweden they stay rear facing until 4 years, and have the world's lowest child fatality rate for children under 6), according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This has to do with momentum generated in the crash, and the proportional size of a child's head relative to the body – the rear facing chair cradles and catches the entire body.
No matter your size or ride, we have some great, safe choices in car seats and boosters. Check them out at babesta.com
Read more recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.