How to install a rear-facing car seat
When you have a baby, a rear-facing car seat becomes one of the most important items in your life. A correctly installed rear-facing seat supports your child’s head, neck and spine in case of a serious vehicle collision.
When traveling with your little one, it’s important to install your rear-facing car seat correctly. While some families choose rear-facing only infant seats, others may choose convertible seats that allow for continued use after the child reaches the height and weight limit that allow for safe front-facing travel.
In this video, Prisma Health offered advice on how to correctly install a rear-facing car seat, including:
- How to know when your child is ready to graduate to front-facing travel
- Where the safest location for your car seat may be
- Why it isn’t safe to use a rear-facing car seat in a front seat
- How to adjust the angle of your car seat if you don’t have an adjustable base
- Using your existing seat belt to safely lock the car seat into place
- And more
Rear-facing car seats are the safest way for our most vulnerable loved ones to travel. In South Carolina, children are required by law to ride in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old, but the longer your child rides rear-facing, the safer they will be in your car.
For more information, check out our blog post on keeping your child safe in the car.