Should I put the carseat in the middle or on the side?
Placing the car seat in the wrong spot
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
When transporting a child in a car where should the car seat be positioned and in which direction?
Place child safety seats in the back seat. If you have no choice and must place a child in the front (that is, if your car is a two-seater or if the car seat will not fit in the back seat), push the passenger seat as far back as it will go.
What direction should an infant be facing in their car seat?
The AAP recommends that all infants ride rear facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer.
Should baby car seat go behind driver or passenger?
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
Where does infant car seat go in SUV?
Safest place for a car seat in a minivan or SUV
If the minivan or SUV has third-row seating, you want to try to seat your baby as close to the middle as possible. If your vehicle has a bench in the middle row, then you should install your car seat in the center of the middle row.
When can my baby face forwards?
“Children aged between 6 months and 4 years must be restrained in an approved rearward or forward-facing restraint. Once your child has outgrown their rearward-facing restraint (this usually happens from around 6 to 12 months of age) they can be moved into a forward-facing restraint.”
When can you turn your baby forward facing?
Use a forward-facing car seat until at least age 4, and until your child reaches the height or weight limit of their seat. That can be anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds (27.2 to 45.4kg) depending on the seat.