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Safety above all

Verenaisi Raicola
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Travelling with children especially toddlers can be quite a challenge. Whether travelling by sea, plane or car any parent can tell you the challenges especially if you are unprepared by the child's mood swing as they can be very irritable or restless on long trips.

This week we look at some tips provided by the American Academy of Paediatrics and the need to be cautious with children when travelling by car.

Always use a car safety seat for infants and young children. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat manufacturer.

Once your child has outgrown the rear-facing height or weight limit, she should ride in a forward-facing car safety seat. Most rental car companies can arrange for a car safety seat if you are unable to bring yours along.

A child who has outgrown her car safety seat with a harness (she has reached the top weight or height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the top of the seat) should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age).

All children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.