American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 Car Seat Recommendations - 5 Steps to Safety
- Infant-only or convertible car safety seat used rear-facing:
All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their car safety seat.
- Convertible or combination car safety seat used forward-facing:
All children two years or older, or those younger than two, who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible.
- Belt-positioning booster seat:
All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
- Lap-and-shoulder vehicle seat belt:
When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder belts for optimal protection.
- All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.