When Can a Child Switch to a Regular Seatbelt?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.booster seats, regular seatbelts, seat, cars, lap belts, seat belts, seatbelts, auto safety, car seats, carseats, in a car, where should kids sit in a car, front seat, back seat, air bags, airbags. car crashes, safety, safe driving, driving11/27/200301/10/202001/10/2020Mary L. Gavin, MD02/14/2018407ccdf0-d7ee-4908-8dc2-5086f277dcb4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seatbelt.html/<p><em>When can my child make the switch from a booster seat to using a regular seatbelt?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Tony</em></p> <p>Kids can start wearing a regular seatbelt when they can easily rest their back against the seat of the car and bend their knees over the edge of the seat. Usually, this happens when kids are&nbsp;between 8 and 12 years old and around 4 feet 9 inches (about 150 centimeters) tall.</p> <p>Seatbelts must be worn correctly for them to work properly. Make sure the lap belt fits comfortably across the thighs (not the stomach) and that your child is not slouching. The shoulder strap should go across the chest and shoulder, and never goes beneath a child's arm, behind the back, or across the neck.</p> <p>Continue to use a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-prek-bigkid.html/">booster seat</a> if your child cannot sit properly or wear the seatbelt correctly.</p>
Auto SafetyMore kids are injured in auto collisions than in any other type of accident, but you can protect them by learning the proper use of car seats and booster seats.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto.html/af9c2655-376c-4e8c-87f4-60b5bcaca953
Booster Seat SafetyYour tot's not a baby anymore! It's time for a big-kid booster seat. But how can you ensure that your child is still safe and secure in the car? Find out here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-prek-bigkid.html/65f781e5-19e0-4a58-8890-e0ee5a9d952a
Bringing Your Baby HomeWhether your baby comes home from the hospital right away, arrives later, or comes through an adoption agency, homecoming is a major event.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bringing-baby-home.html/b43e8691-e12e-49d8-aae2-84581fe5e74a
Car Seat SafetyWhat's the right way to install an infant safety seat? Is your toddler ready for a convertible seat? Get the car seat know-how you need here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-baby-toddler.html/b29ddcf8-66e4-463f-a60b-8f0338b2a7fc
Choosing Safe Baby Products: Infant Seats & Child Safety SeatsRegular infant seats simply allow young babies to sit up. Never substitute any type of infant seat for a child safety seat (car seat).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-seats.html/026a3eb4-fb9c-4bce-b6a9-fb808ea6318f
Road Rules for Little PassengersUse these tips to teach your kids how to stay safe when riding in a car or on a school bus.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/passenger-safety.html/6b1047ed-7090-4de7-9536-e8f8d8719caa
Staying Safe in the Car and on the BusYou probably spend part of every day in a car or on the bus. Find out how to be a safe traveler in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/car-safety.html/55aedf99-2e22-489c-b097-63f15ea93865
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