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Child Safety: Convertible Seats, Booster Seats & Transitioning to Seat Belts

September 16, 20159 min
At what age does your child no longer need a car seat?Even though your baby is growing, it doesn't mean you need to get rid of your car seat. Some parents may think that infants are the only ones who need protection with a car seat.However, back in 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised child passenger safety recommendations. One of the revisions increased the minimum age that children should ride rear-facing in infant and convertible seats, from one to two years old. It also revised the age children should remain in the rear seat from 12 to 13 years.What do you need to know in order to transition your children from car seats to seatbelts safely?Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can safely transition your children from car seats to seatbelts.

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