Car Safety Seat Guidelines

Age Type of Seat General Guideline
Infants Infant-only and rear-facing convertible All infants should always ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their care safety seat manufacturer.  Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear facing for 2 years or more.
Toddlers/Preschoolers Convertible and forward-facing Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer, often accommodating children up to 65 lbs.
School-aged children Booster Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward-facing car safety seats. Children should stay in a booster seat until the adult seat belts fit correctly (usually when a child reaches about 4’ 9” in height, 100 lbs. in weight, and is between 8 and 12 years of age).
Older children Seat Belts Children who have outgrown their booster seats should ride in a lap and shoulder belt; they should ride in the back seat until 13 years of age.