It’s not always easy to face the fact that your baby is growing up, but Britax is there to make sure they are safe at any age. Car seat safety is something I’m very passionate about, so I’ve teamed up with Britax to ensure that all families know when to move your child to a booster seat. Below are some quick tips from Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety Advocacy Manager at Britax Child Safety, that will help you decide if now is the right time.
How can you tell that your child is ready to move on from their forward-facing seat and into a Harness-2-Booster seat? Here are a few things to look for:
- Your child reached the top weight or height allowed for their convertible car seat with a harness. (These limits are listed on the seat and also included in the seat’s user guide.)
- Your child’s shoulders are above the top harness slots in their forward-facing seat.
- Your child’s ears have reached the top of their forward-facing seat.
- If your kid is a wiggle worm or sleeps often in the vehicle, then the booster seat may not be an appropriate selection just yet.
Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward-facing child seat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is best for children to continue to use a forward-facing car seat with a harness and top tether in the back seat for as long as possible. If your child outgrows his or her forward-facing seat but is not yet ready to stay seated properly in a booster seat using the lap and shoulder belt, consider using a Harness-2-Booster seat for the transition. For more helpful tips about boosters, visit the Britax website.
There are a number of retailers where you can purchase Britax booster seats, including Amazon.com.