Forward Facing

For children who are at least one year of age AND can walk AND weigh 10 kg to at least 18 kg (22 to at least 40 lbs).

In Alberta, the law requires three things to ensure that children are safe while traveling in a motor vehicle:

  1. It must be the right type of seat for the child, based on weight/age/height.
  2. The seat must be properly installed in the vehicle.
  3. The child must be properly secured (see Part 5) into the child safety seat.

You can move your child to a forward-facing child safety seat when he or she is one year of age AND weighs at least 10 kg (22 lbs) AND is walking. Your child should stay in this seat until he or she is at least 18 kg (40 lbs).

  • Read your child safety seat instructions and vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Ensure the tether strap is attached to the vehicle and pulled tight.
  • Ensure the seat belt or universal anchorage system is tight enough to hold the seat in the vehicle.
  • Ensure internal 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 over 18 kg (40 lbs). Some seats are designed for forward-facing use with the harness up to 29.5 kg (65 lbs). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your seat.

If you need help, call a nurse at:
Alberta Health Link 1-866-408-LINK(5465)
(780) 408-LINK (5465) in Edmonton
(403) 943-LINK (5465) in Calgary