Ask the Expert: Car Seat FAQs

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Car seat safety is so important, yet with so many different rules and regulations, it’s hard to keep it all straight. We chatted with Sergio Garcia, who is Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), and has been installing car seats at Galt Baby for over six years. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked car seat questions.

Happy baby buckled into rear-facing car seat

When do you move from a infant car seat to a convertible?

Sergio: You can move into a convertible car seat once the criteria for the infant seat has been met (they vary), but there are convertible car seats that will allow for children to be moved as little as five pounds so it can be at the caregiver’s discretion.

When do you move from a convertible car seat to a booster?

Sergio: NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety) recommends using a booster once the child has met the requirements of being 4-year-old, 40 lbs and 40 inches. Galt Baby technicians strongly recommend using the five point harness as long as possible, even after the booster requirements have been met. A five point harness is more secure than just the regular vehicle seat belt.

How do you keep your car seat cool in the summer?

Sergio: To keep a car seat cool in the summer you should do a few things. Install tints in the windows of the car. Get a vehicle sun shade (the aluminum windshield covers). Or there is also a car seat shield made of the same aluminum material that has an elastic to cover the entire seat. We DO NOT recommend ever putting anything into the car seat that did not come with the car seat. (So no liners or pads.)

Stay tuned for part two of Sergio’s answers next week.