When your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, the child should ride in a forward-facing car seat in the back seat. A forward-facing car seat has a harness and uses a top tether to limit your child's forward movement during a crash.
Convertible car seats convert from rear-facing for babies and smaller children to forward-facing for older and larger children.
All-in-One and 3-in-1
All-in-One and 3-in-1 seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with a harness, then booster. Use these seats forward-facing with a harness and tether after your child reaches the top rear-facing size limit allowed by the manufacturer.
Combination car seats convert from a forward-facing car seat with a harness to a booster seat. Keep your child in the full harness for as long as possible. Check the manufacturer's instructions for the size limits.
Don't rush to move your child to a booster seat too early. Continue to use your forward-facing car seat with a harness and top tether in the back seat for as long as possible. The harness and top tether provides upper torso, head, and neck protection. Always read manufacturer instructions for size limits.
Some younger children may outgrow the weight or height limit of the forward-facing car seat with a harness, but may not be ready to stay seated properly in a booster seat using the lap and shoulder belt. If this is the case look for a car seat with a higher size limits.
We know you have many options to choose from when selecting a car seat or a booster seat – whether it is the first seat you use or when you are ready to transition to the next seat type. For more help in this area, CLICK HERE for our Ease of Use Ratings on all car seats.