As my boys have started to grow and become more vocal about their seating arrangements, I started to wonder How Long Does Your Child Stay In A Car Seat? Here are the general guidelines, but they do vary state to state.
- Infants/Toddlers: They need to be in a rear-facing seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the weight and height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. My doctor said to keep your kids rear-facing as long as you possibly can because their spinal cord has not fully formed. Injuries from an impact while facing forward could be fatal.
- Toddlers/Preschoolers: Kids two-years-old or those who have outgrown the weight/height limits should be face forward in a car seat with a harness. They should stay this way as long as they possibly can up until they reach the height/weight limit of the car seat.
- School-aged Children: Booster seats are appropriate for this age until they have reached 4’9″ tall and they are between 8 and 12-year-old.
I spend a lot of time in my car, which means I am constantly putting my boys in and taking them out of their car seats. It is such a pain in the neck dealing with the car seats and wrestling to get the boys in, I have times I dread dealing with the drama. I knew it was time to upgrade to a “big boy” seat, so I did a lot of research on what was available. I knew I wanted to find a car seat that was not only easy to use but would last for a long time and was built with my kid’s safety in mind. There are a lot of car seats on the market, but none seemed to have all the features I wanted. I was looking for a car seat that would be comfortable for the boys and was easy to get them in and out of. The car seat also needed to be well made and was easy to clean because my boys can get a bit messy from time to time!
Graco has been a trusted name in baby and children’s products for more than 50 years. Now part of the Newell Rubbermaid family, Graco continues to stay on the cutting edge in their designs and are always the leaders in the industry for their high quality and safety standards. Grace is a company that listens to the needs of their customers so they design their products with parents and their children. Graco is known as pioneers for their design and manufacturing of their popular baby swings, car seats, high chairs and many other items for your little one.
The Graco My Size 70 convertible car seat ($179.99), sold exclusively at Babies R Us, can be used for rear facing infants from 4-40 pounds all the way up to front facing children who weight 20-70 pounds. This car seat is perfect for both of my boys as they fit into the front facing guidelines. The 5-point Simply Safe Adjust harness system automatically adjusts the harness and head rest height of your child, which makes your kid more comfortable for their time in the car. The unique one second latch attachment called the InRight Latch system, is easy to use and is a big time saver. This car seat is made with EPS foam, a removable head and body support, and three reclining and two buckle positions. The cover comes off easily and can be thrown in the washing machine and hung to dry. With its well-made construction and such high quality materials, the Graco My Size 70 convertible car seat is the only car seat my kids will need. The seat has been put through stringent safety and quality testing, which makes me feel secure in knowing my boys will be completely safe in their car seat.When most think of car seats, they probably think of Graco as one of the most trusted brands in the industry. In 1942, Russell Gray and Robert Cone formed Graco Metal Products and for 11 years, Graco produced machine and car parts. When Gray left, Cone wanted to go in a different direction. Inspired by an employee with 9 kids, Cone designed the first wind-up baby swing; The “Swyngomatic”. Predictions had Graco selling 10,000 units and ended up selling millions. From there Graco developed the portable Pack N’ Play, strollers and car seats and more. It is no wonder why Graco is squirmy kid tested and mommy approved!