Types of Car Seats by Age and size: What Car Seat Should You Buy
Car seats for kids are now required and will be strictly implemented here in the Philippines. I don’t know why we are sooooo late in implementing this actually.
I did not pay attention of this law before since we don’t have a car, but now anything car related concerns me and I was shocked when I heard na ngayon lang talaga sya iimplement.
Moms and Dads, if we can buy a car and an insurance for it, I’m sure a car seat that will help our kids to be safe should not be an issue and should be in your priority list.
But first do you know that there are different types of car seats and it depends on the kids’ age and size?
Here’s a guide on what car seat should you buy:
Infants and Toddlers: Rear-Facing Car Seat
In a crash, a rear-facing seat cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to his or her fragile neck and spinal cord. The rear-facing position has been proved safer than forward-facing.
There are two types of rear-facing car seats:
Infant-Only Car Seat: This small, portable seat is designed for newborns or small babies and can only be used rear-facing. Babies usually outgrow their infant car seats by the time they’re 8 or 9 months old. When this happens, change to a convertible or all-in-one car seat, and use it rear-facing until age 2.
Convertible Seat: A convertible seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat. It can be used with children of various sizes, including newborns.
Toddlers and Preschoolers: Forward-Facing Car Seat
Eventually, your child will be too big to fit in a rear-facing seat. Forward-facing seats have a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash.
School-Aged Children: Booster Seat
Booster seats raise children up so that the shoulder and lap part of the seat belt fits properly. You should use a booster seat once your child has outgrown a front-facing seat.
I am glad that my son is already 13 years old and he is 5’7 in height, so this law doesn’t apply to us anymore. He can just wear the regular seatbelt.
This maybe an additional expense, but this is required and it’s for our kids safety, so I encourage everyone to follow.