What type of car seat does my child need?

Suzie Kim, Santa Monica Police Department, shares advice for parents on how to choose the right car seat for your child in order to keep him or her as safe as possible
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What type of car seat does my child need?

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There are three different kinds of car seats. We have an infant seat, a convertible seat and a booster seat. When you are installing an infant seat, it is always going to be rear facing and in the back seat of the car. Once your child grows out of the infant seat which you can tell by reading the instruction manual and looking at the stickers on the side of the seat, it’s time to move to convertible seat. The convertible seat is one that is going to rear face until the child is old enough to turn around to forward facing which is generally about 2 years old. After they grow out of the convertible seat, then they’re going to move to booster seat. The booster seat is because they just don’t fit in the adult seatbelt so they need something that help them adjust to the proper seat level. That’s how you use those seats.

Suzie Kim, Santa Monica Police Department, shares advice for parents on how to choose the right car seat for your child in order to keep him or her as safe as possible

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Suzie Kim

Crime Prevention, Santa Monica Police Dept.

Suzie Kim has spent more than five years teaching parents and caregivers how to safely install their car seat systems.  Suzie and her partner hold monthly car seat inspection events at the Santa Monica Police Department, providing education on the proper use and installation of the various types of car seats as well as sharing information on seat belts, air bags, and the proper time to switch car seat systems. She tries to fit in as many appointments as possible and has assisted parents/caregivers with over 1,500 car seat installations! Suzie has been with the Santa Monica Police Department for 14 years working in Crime Prevention and Community Relations. She serves on the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, YMCA Early Childhood Development Board, and as an Explorer Advisor for the Santa Monica Police Department. In her free time Suzie enjoys spending time with her four sons, swimming, travelling, and other outdoor adventures.

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