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Car Seat Safety for Tiny Babies

Small infant-only car seats fit many preemies well. This kind can be easy to use and easy to carry.

Look for these features:

  • A low weight limit to match your baby's weight. Many car seats are limited to babies 5 pounds or more, but some start at 4 pounds or birth.
  • A 5-point harness (shoulder, hip, and crotch straps) to keep baby in position best.
  • A front harness adjuster which is easy to use on every ride.
  • Low shoulder strap position will help make sure the harness fits well.
  • A harness chest clip that is easy to open and close.
  • Level (recline) guides that are easy to see and understand.
  • A level adjuster that is easy to use to change the tilt of the car seat. Look for an adjuster that has many positions.
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