What to know about toddler booster seats
There are several ways to increase the comfort of a child’s seat in the backseat.
Seat-belt laws require children to wear a seat belt, and some parents prefer to buckle the seatbelt at the back.
Others use the seat belt as a backrest, an alternative to the car seat that offers greater cushioning and supports better hip and knee stability.
If you’ve ever sat in a car seat, you’ve probably heard the saying “seat belt is a must.”
But are seat belts necessary?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that children under 4 years old need only a small amount of padding to support a healthy hip and knees.
The rule was changed in 2014 to say that children older than 4 years should be supported by the backrest and a child-resistant seat belt.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the same for toddlers.
A child should wear a belt when sitting on a carseat, but parents should make sure to buckle it at the rear of the carseat.
It is also important to remember that the child should not sit on the back seat in a rear-facing seat.
The child should be on the front seat, as a way of supporting the child’s hips and knees and helping the child move from one foot to the other.
The rear seatbelt also protects the child from being pushed from behind by other people.
Children who are in the rear seat have less room to move from side to side and are less likely to get in an accident, according to the National Safety Council.
A car seat’s backrest is a back-up seat.
Backrests also help prevent child abuse, such as when the child is on a chair or in a booster seat.
Children should be able to move forward, not backward, when in a front-facing car seat.
It’s also important for a child to have an open seat, which is the safest position for a toddler to be in.
If your child has a disability, they may be able be placed in a backseat with a child seat cushion.
This is especially important for children with learning disabilities.