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What do I need to know about placing my NICU baby's car seat in the car?

When placing your NICU baby's car seat in the car:
  • The backseat, especially the center backseat, is the safest place for an infant seat. (Never put a baby in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with air bags.)
  • Keep your baby’s car seat rear-facing for as long as the seat allows, usually around two years and until your baby weighs at least 30 pounds. If needed, change to a convertible seat to keep your baby rear-facing longer.
  • When installed properly, the child safety seat should move very little: one inch or less side-to-side and front-to-back (front-to-back at the safety belt or L.A.T.C.H. belt path).
  • Always read your vehicle manufacturer’s instruction manual to learn how your seat belts lock.
  • With older car models, you might need to use a locking clip with the lap/shoulder belt.

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