Car Seats

Types of carseats at a glance

This chart is a quick guide on where to start your search. It is important to research these details with each seat you use.

Age groupType of seatGeneral Guidelines
Infants and Toddlers– Rear-facing-only
– Rear-facing-convertible
All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
Toddlers and preschoolers– Forward-facing-convertible
– Forward-facing with harness
​Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.
School-aged children– BoosterAll children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat.
Older children– Seat beltsWhen children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for the best protection. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat.

More info can be found at https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx


Colorado Child Passenger Safety Law

Younger than 1Age 1-3Age 4-7Age 8-15
Less than 20 lbs.Rear-facing safety seat in back seat onlyRear-facing safety seat
20-40 lbs.Rear-facing safety seatRear- or forward-facing safety seatForward-facing safety seat or booster
Exceeds seat weight limit and 40+ lbs.Forward-facing safety seat or boosterForward-facing safety safety seat or boosterBooster or seat belt

Reference: https://www.codot.gov/safety/carseats/colorado-child-passenger-safety-law-1


Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it. Please call the office if you have further questions regarding the above information or concerns for your child.


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