My partners and I at Special Deliveries are now certified National Children’s Restraint System Technician (car seat installers).
Here is an easy guide to the laws and recommendations for each stage.
REAR FACING (infant only seat or rear facing 5 point harness)
• Law – Birth to 22lbs AND 1yr old
• Recommendation – Birth to 22lbs, 1yr old, AND walking (as long as possible and practical)
• Install tips – Shoulder straps at or below shoulder level, chest clip at armpit level, tightened so that 1 finger fits under chest bone, no aftermarket material under child or straps, handle in downward locked position.
FORWARD FACING (5 point harness) • Law – 22-40lbs • Recommendation – up to 65lbs (as long as midpoint of child’s ear not above top of seat) • Install tips – Shoulder straps at or above shoulder level, chest clip at armpit level, tightened so that 1 finger fits under chest bone, no aftermarket material under child or straps.
BOOSTER (simple booster or high back booster) • Recommendation – 40-80lbs • Install tips – lap belt fits snugly across hips and shoulder belt comes across middle of shoulder.
SEAT BELT • Recommendation – 8-9yrs of age, 4’9”, AND 80lbs • 5 Point Test – 1) Child sits all the way back 2) Knees bend comfortably over edge of seat 3) Lap belt fits snugly across hips 4) Shoulder belt comes across middle of shoulder 5) Your child can sit properly for entire trip
Always refer to vehicle manuals and child restraint manuals to help you install each seat properly. Always check the weight and heights restrictions for every seat. If you have any questions, just ask us. If you have not purchased your babies car seat yet or are looking at moving into the next stage seat for your child checking Consumer Reports and of ratings may help you to decide which seat is right for your needs. Keeping updated on the latest recommendations for the safest way to transport your children with Canadian and Provincial standards. And if you wish we can help you install it properly! You can find us on facebook, twitter or visit our webpage.
grew up on an acreage in southern Alberta with her 6 siblings, loves her large family then married her husband in 2007 and became a mother to her beautiful sons, born in 2008 and 2011. Both births were challenging and life-changing experiences that matured her into the most loving mother and caring doula she can be.
Continuing her education is important to Abigail. She has pursued training in many areas from breastfeeding, kangaroo mother care, massage, midwifery assistance, waterbirth and yoga positioning. She has been priviledged to learn from some of the most revered birth and postnatal experts such as Barbara Harper, Dr. Nils Bergman, Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and Joanne Santana, among others.
Abigail Garratt, CD(DONA)
DONA International Certified Birth Doula
DONA International Trained Postpartum Doula
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