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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

I am pregnant with my first baby and confused about car safety seats. What do you suggest?

Answer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers this advice: “The best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, and fits in your vehicle correctly.”

The AAP recommends keeping infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible within the limits of the car seat. In other words, until they have reach the maximum height or weight for that particular seat. All infants should be kept rear-facing at minimum until reaching at least one year of age and 20 pounds.

QUICK TIP: Look for infant car seats that offer higher height and weight limits in order to keep your child rear-facing longer.

Source: Healthy Children Magazine, Summer 2010