Most automotive safety authorities recommend that your kids be buckled up in a car seat until they are approximately 8 years old or 4'9" in height; additionally, whenever possible, the car seat should be rear-facing to provide for maximum protection for the youngest of children. Many car seats today are convertible, in that they may be emplaced in either forward or rear-facing configurations.
Like this car seat -- the Britax Roundabout 55 XE Convertible Car Seat
($210). For kids from 5 to 55 pounds, the seat may be positioned facing either front or rear and features integrated steel bars for side impact protection, an aviator-style five-point safety harness, a wide variety of adjustments for the security buckles and the recline mode, and a head and body pillow. Also, the all-important sippy cup
holder and a storage pouch, both of which attach to the seat. Nice. A seven year warranty, and complete installation instructions, accompanies the seat.
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