Yuma, Arizona - The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ride rear-facing to age 2 or older. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. However, always remember that the longer your child travels rear facing the safer they will be.

 There are two types of rear facing car seats that you can use. There are infant only seats, and there are convertible seats. No matter which seat you start with there are some important steps to follow.

You always want to follow the height and weight restrictions for your car seat. If your child starts out in an infant only seat, there is a good chance that the child will outgrow that seat around one year of age. Since the child is not quite ready to go forward facing, a convertible seat would be the best choice to allow your child to continue riding rear facing longer. Convertible seats usually have higher height and weight limits which will allow your child to ride rear facing as long as possible.

Knowing when your child needs a new seat, and what direction they should be traveling in can be difficult. That is why the www.UltimateCarSeatGuide.org is such a great tool. It can help parents decide which type of seat is the best option for your child as they grow. Please take a moment to try this new tool to help keep your family Safe.