Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
Suggested Restraint Options:
Convertible: Convertible car seats convert from rear-facing for babies and smaller children
to forward-facing for older and larger children.
All-in-One and 3-in-1: All-in-One and 3-in-1 seats offer you the advantage of using the same
seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with a harness,
then booster. Use these seats forward-facing with a harness and tether after
your child reaches the top rear-facing size limit allowed by the manufacturer.
Combination: Combination car seats convert from a forward-facing car seat with a harness
to a booster seat. Keep your child in the full harness for as long as possible.
Check the manufacturer's instructions for the size limits.
Best Practices: Don't rush to move your child to a booster seat too early. Continue to use your forward-facing car seat with a harness and top tether in the back seat for as long as possible. The harness and top tether provides upper torso, head, and neck protection. Always read manufacturer instructions for size limits.