One of the biggest challenges I have with having 4 children, is fitting them in our van. We have often commented that if we had another baby we feared we would have to get a “Mothership” – Ford Econoline. You see when you have a 7 passenger vehicle, it only seats 7 passengers if those passengers are not in car seats. When you add car seats to the equation, a 15 passenger van suddenly becomes the only viable option.
Families with children under the age of 12 will most likely have high back boosters or car seats. Right now my 8, 6, 3 and 1 year old children are all in 5 point harness car seats. The baby is still rear facing and will be until he reaches the weight limit for rear facing on his carseat (33 lbs).
Because car crashes are the number 1 killer of children under the age of 12, I am pretty adamant about car seats. When in doubt, I check Safe-Car.gov. It is a comprehensive website full of information about how and why to use car seats.
I love this breakdown they have by age to tell you what kind of seat your child should be in:
There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.