Moving to a forward-facing car seat too soon Resist the urge to place your child's car seat in the forward-facing position just so that you can see him or her in your rearview mirror. Transitioning to a safety belt too soon Most kids can safely use an adult seat belt sometime between ages 8 and As with other forward-facing car safety seats, built-in seats are for kids who have outgrown their rear-facing car seat. When your child reaches the weight or height limit of the convertible seat, you can face the seat forward. If you have no choice and must place a child in the front that is, if your car is a two-seater or if the car seat will not fit in the back seat , push the passenger seat as far back as it will go.
If the car seat manufacturer allows, rolled washcloths may be used between the crotch strap and your baby to create a secure fit. Placing the car seat in the wrong spot The safest place for your child's car seat is the back seat, away from active air bags. When your child reaches the weight or height limit of the convertible seat, you can face the seat forward. If there's no instruction manual available, don't use the seat.