Babies must be in a rear-facing child safety seat when in a vehicle. It is the law in Alberta. It is safest for babies to stay rear-facing until they are at least one year of age AND weigh at least 22 lb (10 kg) AND are walking.
- Read your vehicle and child safety seat instructions
- Never place a rear-facing child safety seat in front of an air-bag
- Ensure the seat belt or universal anchorage system is tight to hold the seat or base securely in the vehicle
- Ensure straps are snug and the chest clip is at the baby'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 baby rear-facing until he or she weighs at least 30 lb (13.5 kg). Some seats are designed for rear-facing use up to 40 lb (18 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