How to know if your child has outgrown a car seat

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How to know if your child has outgrown a car seat

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One of the questions that parents have a lot is: Is it time for the convertible chair? My baby is outgrowing the infant seat because their feet are hanging over the edge. That is not our marker for whether we have outgrown the infant seat or not. The parameter that we are looking for that to outgrow your infant seat is when your head is an inch from the top of the chair. That means that you are well within the shell and that you are safe in there and when you are inch from the top of the chair, it is time to get our new chair put in. Feet hanging over the edge is not a determiner because again we are rear facing, because we are rocking that baby and we are keeping their spinal cord flat, and all of those things together are going to protect the spinal cord. The feet are not a safety issue. It is their head.

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Cynthia Crothers

Car Seat Specialist

Cynthia Crothers of KidzSeatz Carseat Installation Service is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialist in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Cindy is the mother of five daughters and has six grandchildren.  An eager student, Cindy had the opportunity to go through a five day training with Sit Safe, the VW and Audi CPS training program. Amazed at how car seats and car seat safety has changed over the years, Cindy became a strong advocate for child passenger safety starting with her own grandchildren. Thousands of families later, she currently offers detailed hands-on training sessions for parents and caregivers. A parent needs to know how to customize and reinstall their car seat correctly and use it correctly for their child to have the best chance of surviving a crash. Vehicles are the number one killer of children under 16 years old. To Cindy, nothing is more important in protecting children on the move.

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