Infant-Only Car Seat Usage Checklist
An infant-only seat is designed specifically for use
rear-facing only. This type of seat is lightweight and has a carrying handle.
Many offer a separate base which allows the parent to snap the seat easily in
and out of the car. Some infant-only car seats also snap into strollers.
Safety Recommendations provided by the National Child
Passenger Safety Certification Program (NHTSA):
The infant seat is designed to be used rear facing only.
Many parents/caregivers may be tempted to place the infant
seat facing forward to allow them to view their child more easily. This is a
serious error and places the child at significant risk of injury/death in the
event of a crash.
Some child restraint manufacturers recommend that infants
under 5 pounds not be placed in their products. Always check the child
restraint label for the weight rating for your particular seat. Some child
restraints say birth; others state a specific number of pounds.
Do not use the rear-facing seat above the weight or height
limits designated by the manufacturer. Once the child outgrows the seat, move
to a rear-facing convertible seat with a higher weight rating.
The top of the child's head should be well contained within
the shell (unless the manufacturer's instructions state otherwise) at least 1
inch below the top of the shell
The harness needs to be snug to hold an infant down in the
seat so he or she does not slide up in a crash and become ejected from the car