This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own.
Car seat guidelines are updating, and so are the seats themselves- stay informed, and see how Graco Car Seats stay current with regulations.
Car seats are a big deal. It's absolutely vital to the health and safety of your children that they are safely restrained in a motor vehicle at all times. I really can't say it enough- it's really a matter of life and death. I'm sure you all remember being basically chucked into the back-seat of the family station wagon, but it's not the car-seat dark ages any more. Child safety seats become safer every year, and guidelines evolve as we learn more about what is actually safe and appropriate for babies and children. For instance, when my youngest was a baby, the recommended age for turning a baby around in their car seat was much younger than it is now. We've learned that rear-facing as long as possible is best, and both safety guidelines and actual car seat design have moved to support this knowledge. Some states are requiring children stay rear-facing till 1 and some even 2. It used to be a guideline but many states are making it a law. I know that I did things differently with my teenager. He was like 60lbs when he was 5 and our booster seat had a limit of 45 so he was out of them by like 4. Now my almost 6 year has a Graco car seat that has a limit from 30lbs to 100lbs! He is only 45lbs so I think we have awhile. They even have seats that can last 10 years with one child, the only seat you will ever need for that child, the Graco 4ever.
It's really important to understand the form and function of each kind of seat as well- a seat designed for rear-facing only won't work as a forward-facing restraint, and booster seats are only for older children. You can get a good grasp of the right seat for your child's age and size by looking at the car seat size and age guidelines developed by the government. Car seat manufacturers have met these updated guidelines by designing seats that keep pace with our understanding of the safest measures possible. Knowing the law for your state (or a state you may be traveling to) is also important. You can check for car seat safety laws by state to make sure you are in compliance.
If you need a new seat, or want to make sure your child is in the safest and most up-to-date, or even want to simply price-check and see what's the safest and most affordable option, there are lots of different types of Graco car seats that will meet your needs on Diapers.com. I personally think it's worth a look just to see what's available. In my personal VERY STRONG opinion, a child safety car seat is the best investment you can make and car seat shopping can be affordable and easy online! Just do some research and you will be protecting your family. I know I'm in the car so frequently with my children, and I want to make sure they are as safe as I can get them.
What do you think of the new car seat laws? Did you do things differently with your older children?