When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought you put the car seat in the car and go about your business. I didn’t know there were people who professionally installed them. I didn’t know you could go to a police station or fire station and have it installed. I didn’t know that certain car seats were only good for certain weight limits. I didn’t know that when putting an infant into the car, you should put the carrying bar on the infant car seat down before driving.
Looking back now, a lot of it seems like common sense after parenting three children. But as a naive first time mother, I was worried about keeping my son alive, not the car seat laws in our state.
Three kids, about six car seats, and a lot of education later, I realize how important it is to research the laws of the state before purchasing or installing a car seat.
Every state across the United States has a different set of car seat laws. They range from when to turn your child forward facing to when you can move them into a booster seat. While it may not be the law, most states recommend some kind of five-point harness until your child reaches roughly sixty-five pounds; essentially, the longer your child stays in the seat, the better. Our oldest son is forty pounds and almost five years old and he’s still in a five point harness. Better safe than sorry, right?
Nation wide, there are also some pretty “across the board” laws. For example, a law states that all infants must be in some kind of car seat. Common sense, right? Most states require some kind of booster seat for the older children who have outgrown the traditional child safety seat.
You can look up the laws, to be informed on the law in your state, on these websites:
Great information for parents all across the country! Take a moment to look them up and take a little refresher, you never know when new laws may be changing, or being updated!
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