You can move your child to a forward-facing child safety seat when he is one year of age AND weighs at least 22 lb (10 kg) AND is walking. Your child should stay in this seat until she is at least 40 lb (18 kg). This is the law in Alberta.
- Read your vehicle and child safety seat instructions.
- Ensure the tether strap is attached to the vehicle and pulled tight.
- Ensure the seat belt or Universal anchorage system is tight to hold the seat in the vehicle.
- Ensure straps are snug against your child, and the chest clip is at the child's armpit level.
The manufacturer’s instructions and labels on each child safety seat state the specific weight, size and/or age of child that the seat will protect. Many seats allow you to keep your child forward-facing with the 5-point harness until he or she weighs well more than 40 lb (18 kg). Some seats are designed for forward-facing use with the harness up to 65 lb (29.5 kg)! Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your seat.
If you need help, you can talk with a nurse by calling:
Alberta Health Link 1-866-408-5465
(780) 408-5465 in Edmonton
(403) 943-5465 in Calgary