Protecting your children is something you do every day as a parent. It should not be something you slack on when it comes to riding in a vehicle. Studies have shown repeatedly that child safety seats save lives. Anytime you put your child in a car, he or she must be in the correct child safety seat based on his or her age and weight. Connecticut law is very specific about these guidelines, and it is your responsibility as a parent to know and understand them.

There are three types of child safety seats. These include front facing, rear facing and booster seats. According to Safe Kids Connecticut, a rear-facing seat is the first type you will use. Newborns and children up to the age of two who weigh 30 pounds or less should ride in a rear-facing seat. Do note that many seats can be rear or front facing, so make sure that you are positioning the seat correctly in your vehicle based on age and weight.

You may turn your child to a forward-facing position when he or she reaches 30 pounds. Keep your child in a forward-facing safety seat until he or she is at least five years old and weighs 40 pounds. You may then move to a booster seat. Your child needs to stay in the booster seat until he or she is eight years old and weighs 60 pounds.

Lastly, don’t forget about safety for those over the age of eight. All children under 18 need to use seatbelts no matter where they sit in the vehicle. This information is for education and is not legal advice.