When is it time to switch car seats?


hi I'm Casey a certified child passenger

safety technician and senior brand

manager for Graco car sales in this

video I will teach you when it's time to

switch car seats modes of use and

methods of installation so you can truly

feel confident you have the right seat

and fit for your child at every single

stage before we start it's always

important to check both your car seat

manual and your vehicle manual for

guidelines and instructions for use on

car seat installation it's also

important to ensure that you check your

local and state laws as well as the

American Academy of Pediatrics and mixes

recommendations for car seat usage

children should start out rear-facing

either with a rear-facing infant car

seat or rear-facing and a convertible or

all-in-one car seat children are safer

riding rear-facing

and should ride rear-facing as long as

possible an infant car seat can be used

until your child reaches either the

maximum weight or height specified by

the car seat manufacturer typically this

is around 22 to 40 pounds and 30 to 35

inches once your child has outgrown the

infant car seat you should consider a

convertible car seat or all-in-one car

seat as your child's neck see

these car seats have higher rear-facing

weight limits so your child can stay

rear-facing longer some car seats like

the grey coats in a fit provide 5 inches

of extra legroom and allow your child to

stay rear-facing longer up to 50 pounds

once your child has hit the weight or

height limit for their rear-facing mode

of their car seat which can range

anywhere from 30 to 50 pounds you should

switch them to forward-facing harness

mode now that your child is

forward-facing you should ensure that

you are installing the car seat with the

top tether

if installing with the latch system

review your car seat and vehicle owner's

manuals for latch system usage weight

limits features like belt la cuffs

Hungry Ghost snuggle technology make

installing with the seat belt simple

when bored facing children should use

the built-in five-point harness system

for as long as possible until they

reached the maximum forward-facing

weight or height for their car seat for

most convertible all-in-one and harness

booster car seats the forward-facing

harness limit is 65 pounds some can go

higher once children outgrow the height

or weight limit for the forward-facing

harness mode they can transition to a

belt-positioning booster which boosts

your child's seated height to ensure a

proper fit with the vehicle seat belt

belt positioning booster are available

in two styles high back and backwards

high back boosters are ideal for

children who need the support of a

headrest and additional help with the

shoulder belt placement a properly

fitted belt positioning booster should

have the shoulder belt in the middle of

the shoulder not too close to the neck

but not hanging off of the child's

shoulder the lap belt should sit low on

the thighs not the abdomen the vehicle

seat belt should lie flat against the

body without any twists if using a

backless booster or if your high-back

booster requires it be sure that there's

a head support from a vehicle head

restraint behind the child's head to at

least the top of the child's ears and to

use a backless booster your child must

be at least four years old at least 40

pounds and 43 to 57 inches your child

should use the belt positioning booster

until they reach the following

requirements then set all the way back

against the vehicle seat knees are bent

at the edge of the vehicle see

shoulder belt fits evenly across the

shoulder and vehicle seatbelt is flat

against the body lapel is low on the

hips touching the front of the thighs

can stay comfortably seated this way the

entire ride if all requirements are met

your child can graduate to the vehicle

seat belt typically this is when they

reach 4 feet 9 inches tall and are

between the ages of 8 and 12 it's

recommended that children sit in the

backseat through at least the age of 12

here's a chart that shows each car seat

type and our recommended age weight and

height for each seat please note that

this chart lists recommendations based

on Graco car seats available in the

market with the information provided in

this video by Graco we hope that you'll

feel more confident in knowing when it's

time to switch your child's car seat