Car Seat Types
What Type Should I Use
Once a child has outgrown her rear-facing car seat, she is ready for a forward-facing car seat. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that a child be at least two years old before being moved to a forward-facing seat. Every forward facing car seat with a 5-point harness can accommodate a child until at least 40 pounds. Many models will accommodate children up to 65 or 80 pounds. Children can generally use these seats until somewhere between ages 4 to 7. It is recommended by the AAP that children remain in a forward-facing car seat for as long as possible; that is, until they outgrow either the weight or height limit of the seat. Forward-facing harnesses have several advantages over booster seats, and transitioning too early can be dangerous to your child. Ohio law requires children under the age of 4 and 40 pounds to be in a car seat!