Last Updated on 12 months ago by Nicky Johnson
While it’s important to make sure your child is using the correct car seat, one of the most overlooked details of proper car seat usage might surprise you. If you haven’t installed your child in their booster car seat correctly, then they might not be harnessed as securely as they could be.
If your child isn’t old enough to use the car’s seatbelt, he or she shouldn’t be in the front seat of your car. In fact, children under age 13 should not be riding in the front seat at all and should ride in the back seat at all times when being driven by anyone other than their parents or other licensed drivers who are responsible adults—for example, a babysitter or family friend.
The safest place for your child to travel while in your car is in the back seat and properly buckled into an appropriate booster car seats at Maxi-Cosi.
Extra level of protection
Booster seats provide children with an extra level of protection by providing support for their bodies during fast-moving situations. In addition, they can prevent injuries if your child falls out of a regular car seat because there will be more material between them and the seat bottom which could cause injury if the vehicle begins to move suddenly.
When deciding whether or not a booster seat is necessary for your child’s safety, you should consider how much space they will need between their legs and how long they will be able to stay strapped in comfortably during an accident.
When a child is in a booster seat, their head is tilted downward at an angle that’s more than 35 degrees from horizontal (the angle at which most people fall asleep). This helps keep their airway clear in case of an accident or sudden stop.
Booster seats also help prevent serious injuries when a car rolls over or flips onto its side because they provide extra support for the head and neck region in those situations. Some models also have protection for your child’s knees and lower legs.
A convenience for frequent travelers
If you’re a parent, it’s likely that you’ve been in the car with your baby. And if you’re like most parents, it’s likely that you’ve been in the car with your baby for an extended period of time. After all, babies grow fast and need lots of sleep!
The truth is that even from an early age, babies are capable of putting themselves in danger by not wearing their booster seats. Baby car seats are designed to keep your child safe from injury during a crash. They provide safety through several different mechanisms:
- An internal harness system keeps the seatbelt from being able to slip over the child’s abdomen or shoulder.
- A base for the child’s head and neck keeps them stable in case of a crash.
- A five-point harness keeps them secure and protected during any type of motion.
- Adjustable straps help fit different sizes and ages (up to age 4 years old).
The reason is that boosters are designed to sit the baby up higher and help them avoid back problems caused by slumping into a low seat. They also prevent the baby from rolling off the seat by keeping their hips upright and properly aligned.
Booster seats are designed to be used until your baby reaches 40 pounds (18kg). However, they will not hold your child at that weight forever. They won’t stop growing either—your child will continue to grow well into their teens and twenties even if you use them until they reach 100 pounds (45kg).