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Keep Your Baby Safe with These Great Tips from JPMA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry. Today, JPMA represents 250 companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who manufacture, import and/or distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

The JPMA is a great resource for parents to ensure their baby items are safe, and they have recently updated their website to make it easy and user-friendly for parents.

The consumer side of their site is called The Parenthood and is a great place to find safety tips, recall information, and information about innovative products for you and your baby.  Here are some great safety tips right from their site for you.  Please visit the JPMA site at:

http://jpma.org/content/parents/the-parenthood

JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

Safety Tips from JPMA Safety House

Bedroom

  • Look for bassinets and cradles with a sturdy bottom and a wide, stable base.
  • Swinging cradles should have a way to keep them from swinging once a baby is asleep.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the bassinet or cradle.
  • If a product has legs that fold for storage, make sure that effective locks are provided to ensure that the legs do not accidentally fold while in use.
  • Decorative bows and ribbons should be trimmed short and stitched securely to prevent strangulation.
  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the crib.
  • NEVER place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds,or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart, and none should be loose or missing.
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they’re over 16” high for a canopy). Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts. These should be unscrewed or sawed off, and the remaining end panel should be sanded smooth.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or footboard so baby’s head cannot get trapped.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners and stays securely on the mattress corners.
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.
  • Bed rails are not designed for infant use so do not use in place of a crib.
  • Some beds have built-in bed rails but a portable bed rail is for use only with an adult mattress and box spring. Portable bed rails are not for use with bunk beds, water mattresses, or inflatable mattresses.
  • Use a bed rail only with a standard innerspring mattress and box spring.
  • Do not use a bed rail on a bunk bed, water mattress, or bed without a box spring.
  • Be sure to keep the bed rail firmly against the mattress when in use to prevent dangerous gaps.
  • For toddler beds, place headboard against wall rather than the side of the bed so that the child can’t become trapped between wall and bed.

For Babies Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby’s chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress. For newborns, consider swaddling.
  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper, sleep sack, or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering
  • ALWAYS use restraint system to restrain baby when the changing table is in use.
  • ALWAYS keep one hand on the baby on the changing table. Be sure any baby products you need, such as diapers or wipes, are easily accessible.

Bathroom

  • Bath seats and bath rings should be used with children who are capable of sitting upright unassisted. Discontinue use when a child can pull to a standing position.
  • NEVER leave baby unattended. If you need to leave the bathroom, take the baby with you. Do not rely on older children to watch the baby for you.
  • Collect all bathing materials before bringing baby into the bathroom.
  • Never use a bath seat on textured or non-skid tub surfaces unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state the seat is intended for such surfaces.
  • Place the bath seat in the tub so baby cannot reach the faucet or spout.
  • After running a minimum amount of warm water in the tub, carefully place baby into the bath seat.
  • If bath seat moves or tips while your child is in it, discontinue use.
  • Good practice to keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats closed and locked. It is possible for baby to drown in as little as two inches of water.
  • Small appliances, including blow dryers and irons, should be unplugged when not in use and kept out of baby’s reach.

Garage

  • Check for adjustments on a stroller that reduces the size of seat openings in the front to prevent your baby from falling out when seat back is reclined into the flat position.
  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • If the stroller seat adjusts to a reclining position, make sure the carriage or stroller doesn’t tip backwards when the child lies down.
  • ALWAYS secure the baby by using the restraint straps.
  • Don’t hang pocketbooks or shopping bags over the handles of the carriage or stroller. If your stroller has a shopping basket for carrying packages, it should be low on the back of the stroller or directly over the rear wheels.
  • Use the locking device on any stroller to prevent accidental folding.
  • Apply the brakes to limit rotation of the wheels when stroller is stationary.
  • When you fold or unfold the stroller, keep the baby’s hands away from the areas that could pinch tiny fingers.
  • The back seat is the safest place to ride.
  • Infants must ride rear facing or in a car bed.
  • Always anchor the car seat/booster seat to the car using the seat belt exactly as directed by the car seat/booster seat manufacturer.
  • NEVER use a car seat/booster seat in a seating location with an airbag.
  • Always check that the car seat/booster seat is securely installed. A locking clip may be necessary. Read the vehicle owner’s manual for information on other belt accessories that may be required.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat more than six years old.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat that has ever been involved in a crash.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat missing the manufacturer’s label showing the name of the manufacturer, model number and date of manufacture.
  • Booster seats are recommended for children over 30 lbs., but consider height and maturity level as well. Some children are mature enough to handle a booster seat, while others are too immature to keep the shoulder belt properly positioned.
  • Set a good example and make sure the entire family buckles up.
  • NEVER buy a used car seat or booster seat.

Living Room

  • Choose a play yard with mesh holes no larger than 1/4”. Slats on a wooden play yard should be no more than 2 3/8” apart.
  • The play yard, including side rails, should be fully erected prior to use.
  • Do not add padding or other objects inside the play yard, which permit your child to climb out.
  • Make sure all latching features of the play yard are in place and secure.
  • Always provide the supervision necessary for the continued safety of your child. When used for playing, never leave child unattended.
  • Infants can suffocate in gaps between a mattress too small or too thick and the sides, or on soft bedding.
  • NEVER leave a baby in a mesh play yard if its drop side is in the down position. The baby could roll into the space between the pad and loose mesh, causing suffocation.
  • NEVER place the play yard near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Never suspend strings over play yards or attach strings to toys.
  • Check vinyl or fabric-covered rails frequently for holes and tears.
  • Don’t tie items across the top of the play yard as they can entangle a baby and cause strangulation.
  • Some gates are not appropriate for use at the top of a stairway. Check the product use recommendations.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Anchor the gate securely in the doorway or stairway.
  • Always close the gate when you leave the room and never leave the baby unattended.
  • Many new “accordion style” gates meet the current performance standards. Older models could be hazardous.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the activity center.
  • Keep activity centers away from stairs, doors, windows, plants, lamps, the TV, fireplace, heaters, or coffee table.
  • Keep curtains and blind cords out of reach.
  • Bouncer seats are for in-home use only. Many have bouncing action, soothing vibration, and/or toys for play.
  • NEVER place infant bouncer seats on beds, sofas, or other soft surfaces. Infant seats or bouncer can roll over and suffocate a baby.
  • ALWAYS secure the restraining straps on bouncers and never leave a baby in the seat when straps are loose or undone.
  • Baby’s movements can slide an infant seat, so be sure not to place the infant seat near the edges of counter tops, tables or other elevated surfaces.
  • Select a walker with a wheelbase longer and wider than the frame of the walker itself to ensure stability.
  • Coil springs and hinges of walker must have protective coverings.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended in a walker.
  • Only use a walker on smooth surfaces.
  • Remove all throw rugs when a baby is in walker.
  • Keep doors closed.
  • Keep child away from appliances or items that could cause injury such as ironing boards ranges, radiators, and fireplaces.
  • NEVER carry walker with a child in it.
  • Electrical outlets, appliances and cords can be baby safety hazards. Be sure to cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and replace broken or missing receptacle cover plates.

Kitchen

  • High chairs should have a waist strap and crotch strap.
  • Some high chairs recline for use with younger infants or are height adjustable.
  • Use waist and crotch restraint every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Never depend on the feeding tray to restrain or protect baby. Instead, secure restraint straps.
  • Prevent tip over – Keep high chair far enough from the table, counter or wall so the baby can’t push off from it.
  • Secure the safety latch on a folding high chair each time you unfold it for use.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended.
  • Never use a bouncer seat on an elevated surface like countertops.
  • Portable hook-on chairs should have a strong clamp-on device, which keeps the seat level, making it impossible for a baby to kick off.
  • Do not use on portable hook-on chairs on glass or loose tabletop, or on a table with a single pedestal, leaf, tablecloth or placemat.
  • Check stability and sturdiness of table before seating a child.
  • Do not place an ordinary chair under the portable hook-on chair.
  • Always secure the waist and crotch straps around baby.
  • Before removing baby from chair, make sure baby’s legs are free from chair straps.
  • When feeding baby, first test all warmed foods for a comfortable eating temperature before serving.
  • Heating baby food in a microwave is convenient, but be sure to check the temperature very carefully. Use microwave-safe dishes and stir food from the center out after heating to ensure the temperature is even.
  • When baby begins to eat solid foods, do not give the child small, hard foods. Check with your pediatrician for a list of appropriate foods.
  • Baby should always eat and drink in an upright position.
  • Bleaches, oven and drain cleaners should always be kept out of baby’s reach. Childproof safety locks for cabinets can be helpful.
  • Keep the number of the poison control center near your phone so you can call for emergency first-aid advice.

Britax Frontier 85 Harness to Booster Seat Available for Pre Order

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

We’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the newest release of Britax’s Frontier Harness-to-Booster model, the Britax Frontier 85.  Well, yesterday Britax has released the details of this exciting new seat.

Like the previous Frontier model, the new Frontier is a Harness-to-Booster seat with an adjustable head rest and the inclusion of Britax’s True Side Impact Protection, which distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, contains the head and body, and keeps the head, neck and spine “in true” or aligned, to limit injury.

What does the new Frontier 85 model have that is different than the original Britax Frontier?

- Highest 85 pound harnessed capacity

-Top harness height has been increased to 20”

-Integrated cup holders that don’t increase the width of the Frontier 85 seat

-Redesigned belt path for easier installation

-Booster mode starts at 40lbs and goes to 120 lbs

-New more durable washable covers on the seat

-Compatible with SecureGuard when using the Frontier 85 as a booster, which works with the vehicle safety belt in booster mode to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt portion of the safety belt during impact, thus minimizing the risk of abdominal injury (accessory sold separately)


VIDEO OF FEATURES OF NEW BRITAX FRONTIER 85

Pre-Order The New Britax Frontier 85

*Britax Frontier 85 Canyon: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Canyon

Britax Frontier 85 Canyon

*Britax Frontier 85 Pink Sky: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Pink Sky

Britax Frontier 85 Pink Sky

*Britax Frontier 85 Red Rock: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Red Rock

Britax Frontier 85 Red Rock

*Britax Frontier 85 Rushmore: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Rushmore

Britax Frontier 85 Rushmore

Bum Genius! 3.0 Sale Through Friday night, Jan 8th!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Only through the end of this week, Jan 8, 2009, you can

BUY 5 BUM GENIUS 3.0 DIAPERS

AND GET 1 FREE!

In the SmartMomma store or online at www.smartmomma.com, using coupon code BUM.

These are our most popular all-in-one diapers, so get yours today!

AAP Releases Car Seat Safety Guide

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Not sure which kind of car seat your child needs?  Check out the recently published Car Safety Seat Guide for parents, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It gives some helpful hints about what to look for in an infant carrier, convertible car seat, or booster seat.  It also helps you make the decision as to when to transition your child, and give you some direction on installation and function of the car seat.

You can find this helpful guide at: http://www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.htm.

As a reminder, SmartMomma carries the following brands in car seats

-Britax
-Chicco
-Clek
-Recaro
-Sunshine Kids

We hope this guide published by the AAP helps to make your car seat decision easier.

New Arrivals Part 1: Do You Like Sophie the Giraffe? Try Chan Pie Gnon!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Attention teethers!  If you like Vulli’s Sophie the Giraffe, you will love Chan Pie Gnon, also manufactured by Vulli!  Like Sophie, this little mushroom looking man is non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free with no PVC, and comes in three colors: Yellow, Blue, or Pink!
Chan Pie Gnon teether
Baby will love to hold him by his triangle topped head while squeezing his squeak-able soft body.

Is your baby teething?  Try the Chan Pie Gnon Cool It Soother, also non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free with no PVC.  This little green guy comes with a cool water-filled ring, but gives baby something to hold onto to prevent cold hands.
Chan Pie Gnon Cool It Teething Soother
Cool Chan Pie Gnon soother in the refrigerator and let baby go to town, soothing sore gums for immediate relief!

All of these great teethers are now available at SmartMomma Baby Gear & Gifts in Raleigh, NC or by going to our website at SmartMomma.com.  Happy Teething!
Always,

Heather
SmartMomma
“Motherhood Made Simple”

Did You Know Different States Have Different Car Seat/Booster Laws?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Many consumers think that the law is the same throughout the United States, but child car seat laws are different depending on what state you live in.  Below we have listed the different laws per state, as stated by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

Parents - no matter what state you live in, be safe!  SmartMomma recommends Britax car seats, known for their safety and design.  Manufactured always in the USA.  NOW THROUGH JUNE 28, 2009 SMARTMOMMA IS GIVING AWAY A FREE TRAVEL PACKAGE WITH ALL REGULAR PRICED BRITAX CAR SEATS ($50 VALUE).  Please click on the link below for more information.

Britax Advocate Car Seat

Britax Advocate Car Seat

Summary of Child Booster Seat Laws

(47 states total, including the District of Columbia)To date, 47 states (including Washington, D.C.) have some form of a booster seat law.  In many states, Safe Kids coalitions were actively involved in advocacy efforts to upgrade their child restraint law.  Please note that the laws generally require some older children to ride properly restrained in a booster seat, secured by the motor vehicle’s safety belt system.  Age coverage and other requirements vary by state.

The following is a brief summary of current booster seat laws (please note the range of effective dates):

1) California
-California’s law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing less than 60 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
The law went into effect on January 1, 2002.

2) Washington (Note: Washington enacted a booster seat law in 2002 and revised this law in 2005 and 2007.)
-Washington’s newly upgraded law requires children ages 7 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 or older, or 4′9″ in height or taller can be restrained by a safety belt or an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 12 & under should sit in the back seat when practical.
-The law went into effect on June 1, 2007.

3) Arkansas
Signed into law on February 28, 2001, Arkansas’ law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing less than 60 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 14 or weighing at least 60 pounds must use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2001.

4) South Carolina
-Signed into law on July 3, 2001, South Carolina’s law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing between 40 - 80 pounds to use a booster seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 5 & under and weighing more than 80 pounds who can sit with their backs straight against the vehicle seat back cushions, with their knees bent over the vehicle’s seat edge without slouching, may use a safety belt in the back seat.
-Children ages 0 - 1 or weighing less than 20 pounds must use a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 1 - 5 and weighing between 20 - 39 pounds must use a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2001.

5) Oregon (Note: Oregon enacted a booster seat law in 2001 and revised this law in 2007.)
-Oregon’s newly upgraded law requires children through age 7, weighing more than 40 pounds and measuring 4′9″ or shorter to use a booster seat.
-Children weighing 40 pounds or less are required to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children under age one, regardless of weight, or children weighing 20 pounds or less, must be properly secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2007.

6) Rhode Island
-Signed into law on July 9, 2001, Rhode Island’s law requires children ages 6 & under, less than 54 inches in height, and weighing less than 80 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 6 & under, 54 inches in height or more, and weighing 80 pounds or more are required to use a safety belt in the back seat.
-The law went into effect on July 9, 2001.

7) New Jersey
-Signed into law on September 6, 2001, New Jersey’s law requires children ages 7 & under and weighing less than 80 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and weighing more than 80 pounds are required to use a safety belt.
-Children ages 8 - 17 are required to use safety belts.
-The law went into effect on December 1, 2001.

8) Maine
-Signed into law on April 1, 2002, Maine’s law requires children weighing less than 40 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and weighing at least 40 pounds but under 80 pounds are required to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 17 or ages 17 & under and more than 4′7″ in height are required to use a safety belt.
-Children ages 11 & under and weighing less than 100 pounds are required to ride properly secured in the rear seat, if possible.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2003.

9) Virginia(Note: Virginia enacted a booster seat law in 2002 and revised this law in 2007.)
-Signed into law on February 23, 2007, Virginia’s law requires children ages 7 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law will go into effect on July 1, 2007.

10) Nebraska
-Signed into law on April 17, 2002, Nebraska’s law requires children ages 5 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2002.

11) Maryland (Note: Maryland enacted a booster seat in 2002 and revised this law in 2008.)
-Signed into law on May 13, 2008, Maryland’s new law will required children to be in a child safety seat up to their 8th birthday, unless they weigh more than 65 pounds or are 4′9″ or taller.
-Children ages 8 - 15 will be required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The law will go into effect on June 30, 2008.

12) Delaware
-Signed into law on May 9, 2002, Delaware’s law requires children ages 7 & under and weighing less than 66 pounds to ride in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 and weighing more than 65 pounds are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2003.

13) Colorado
-Signed into law on June 4, 2002, Colorado’s law requires children ages 4 - 5 and less than 55 inches in height to use a booster seat.
-Children less than one year of age and weighing less than 20 pounds are required to ride in an appropriate rear-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 1 - 3 and weighing more than 20 pounds (but less than 40 pounds) are required to ride in an appropriate forward-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on August 1, 2003, with a year of public education before enforcement begins. When enforcement begins on August 1, 2004, police officers will give warnings, not tickets, to drivers for one year.

14) District of Columbia
-Approved by the Mayor on August 26, 2002, D.C.’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a safety belt or a child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on October 16, 2002.

15) Pennsylvania
-Signed into law on December 23, 2002, Pennsylvania’s law requires children ages 4 - 7 to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 8 - 17 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on February 21, 2003.

16) Wyoming
-Signed into law on March 7, 2003, Wyoming’s law requires children ages 8 and under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2003.

17) Montana
-Signed into law on April 17, 2003, Montana’s law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing less than 60 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law will go into effect on October 1, 2003.

18) Vermont
-Signed into law on May 20, 2003, Vermont’s law requires children ages 1 - 7 and weighing more than 20 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children under the age of one (regardless of weight) and children weighing less than 20 pounds (regardless of age) are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a child safety seat or a safety belt.

-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

19) New Hampshire
-Signed into law on May 20, 2003, New Hampshire’s law requires children ages 5 & under and less than 55 inches in height to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

20) Nevada
-Signed into law on June 9, 2003, Nevada’s new law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing 60 pounds or less to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 17 or children ages 5 & under and weighing more than 60 pounds are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on June 1, 2004.

21) Tennessee
-Signed into law on June 11, 2003, Tennessee’s new law requires children ages 4 - 8 and measuring less than 4′9″ in height* to use a booster seat (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children under age 1 or children weighing 20 pounds or less are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children ages 1 - 3 and weighing more than 20 pounds are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children ages 9 - 12 (or any child through age 12) measuring 4′9″ or more in height* are required to use a safety belts (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children ages 13 - 15 are required to use a safety belt (in the rear seat, if available).
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2004.
-Height language signed into law on April 14, 2005.  The effective date of the height requirement was July 1, 2005.

22) Illinois
-Signed into law on July 3, 2003, Illinois’ law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-Children weighing more than 40 pounds may use a lap belt in the back seat, if the vehicle does not have a combination lap and shoulder belt.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

23) Louisiana
-Signed into law on July 7, 2003, Louisiana’s law requires children ages 5 & under or weighing 60 pounds or less to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 4 - 5 or weighing 40 - 60 pounds are required to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 1 - 3 or weighing 20 - 39 pounds are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat.
-Children younger than age one or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

24) Indiana
-Signed into law on March 17, 2004, Indiana’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat (provided that the driver holds an Indiana driver’s license).
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-Drivers who do not possess an Indiana license are required to restrain children ages 15 & under in a safety belt or child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2005.

25) Oklahoma
-Signed into law on March 31, 2004, Oklahoma’s new law requires children ages 5 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 12 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-Children weighing more than 40 pounds may use a lap safety belt if rear seating positions do not have a lap and shoulder belt system.
-The law went into effect immediately upon the governor’s signature.

26) Iowa
-Signed into law on April 28, 2004, Iowa’s law requires children ages 5 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 10 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-Children ages 11 and older are required to use a safety belt when sitting in the front seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2004.

27) Georgia

-Signed into law on May 14, 2004, Georgia’s law requires children ages 5 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children weighing at least 40 pounds can be secured in a lap safety belt only, provided that the vehicle is not equipped with both lap and shoulder belts.
-Children over 4 feet and 9 inches can be restrained in a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2004.

28) North Carolina
-Signed into law on August 17, 2004, North Carolina’s law requires children ages 7 & under and less than 80 pounds to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and weighing between 40 - 80 pounds can be secured in a lap safety belt only, provided that the vehicle is not equipped with both lap and shoulder belts.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2005.

29) New York
-Signed into law on September 28, 2004, New York’s law requires children ages 6 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect in March, 2005.

30) Idaho
-Signed into law on March 30, 2005, Idaho’s law requires children ages 6 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2005.

31) New Mexico
-Signed into law on April 7, 2005, New Mexico’s law requires children ages 5 - 6 (regardless of weight) or children weighing less than 60 pounds (regardless of age) to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 - 17 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The law went into effect on June 17, 2005.

32) North Dakota
-Signed into law on April 11, 2005, North Dakota’s law requires children ages 6 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 & under who are at least 57 inches in height and who weigh at least 80 pounds are not required to use a child safety seat.
-Children weighing more than 40 pounds can be restrained by a lap safety belt if the vehicle is not equipped with lap and shoulder belts, or if all lap and shoulder belts are in use by other passengers.
-Children ages 7 - 17 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The law went into effect on August 1, 2005.

33) West Virginia
-Signed into law on April 21, 2005, West Virginia’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and at least 4′9″ tall can be restrained by a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 20, 2005.

34) Connecticut
-Signed into law on June 2, 2005, Connecticut’s law requires children ages 6 & under or weighing less than 60 pounds to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children under age one or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & older and weighing 60 or more pounds are required to use a child safety seat or a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on October 1, 2005.

35) Wisconsin
-Signed into law on February 6, 2006, Wisconsin’s law requires children ages 4 - 7, weighing between 40 - 80 pounds and no more than 57 inches in height to ride in a booster seat.
-Children ages 1 - 3 and weighing between 20 - 39 pounds are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat if possible.
-Children less than one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat if possible.
-The law went into effect on June 1, 2006.

36) Kansas
-Signed into law on March 27, 2006, Kansas’ law requires children ages 4 - 7, weighing less than 80 pounds or less than 4′9″ in height, to use an appropriate child restraint.
-Children under the age of 4 are required to be restrained in the most appropriate child safety seat for his or her age.
-Children ages 8 - 13 years of age or weighing more than 80 pounds or is more than 4′9″, are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2006.

37) Alabama
-Signed into law on April 26, 2006, Alabama’s law requires children through age 5 to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children are required to use a booster seat until he/she is six years of age.
-Children are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat until he/she is at least five years of age or weighs 40 pounds.
-Children are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat until he/she is at least one year of age or weighs 20 pounds.
-Children ages 6 - 14 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2006.

38) Hawaii
-Signed into law on June 6, 2006, Hawaii’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 4 - 7 can use a safety belt if they are over 4′9″ in height.
-Children ages 4 - 7 and weighing at least 40 pounds can use a lap-only safety belt in the back seat if there are no lap/shoulder belts available.
-Children ages 8 - 14 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2007.

39) Missouri
-Signed into law on June 29, 2006, Missouri’s law requires childrenages 4 - 7 weighing at least 40 pounds but under 80 pounds, and less than 4′9″ to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children less than four years of age (regardless of weight) and children weighing less than 40 pounds (regardless of age) are required to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children weighing at least 80 pounds or children more than 4′9″ in height are required to use a safety belt or booster seat.
-The law went into effect on August 28, 2006.

40) Utah
-Signed into law on March 17, 2008, Utah’s law requires children through age 7 to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 and under who are 57 inches or taller are allowed to use a safety belt.
-Children ages 8 and up are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on May 4, 2008.

41) Michigan
-Signed into law on March 27, 2008, Michigan’s law will require that children ages 4 - 7 and less than 4′9″ tall be properly secured in a child safety seat.
-The new law went into effect on July 1, 2008.

42) Massachusetts
-Signed into law on April 11, 2008, Massachusetts’ law will require children through age 7 to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children taller than 57 inches in height and children ages 8 - 12 will be required to ride in a safety belt.
-The new law went into effect on May 1, 2008.

43) Kentucky
-Signed into law on April 14, 2008, Kentucky’s lawwill require children through age 6 who are between 40 - 50 inches tall to use a booster seat.
-Violators of the law will receive courtesy warnings until July 1, 2009.  Violations on or after this date will result in a $30 fine.  First time violators will be allowed to present proof of a booster seat purchase to escape the fine.

44) Mississippi
-Signed into law on May 8, 2008, Mississippi’s law will require children ages 4 - 6 and less than 4′9″ in height or less than 65 pounds in weight to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 3 & under will be required to use a child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 & under who are not required to use a child safety seat or booster seat must use a safety belt.
-The new law went into effect on July 1, 2008.

45) Ohio
-Signed into law on January 6, 2009, Ohio’s new law will require children ages 7 & under and less than 4′9″ to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 0 - 3 or less than 40 pounds will be required to use a child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 will be required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The new law will go into effect on April 6, 2009.  Violations of the law for the first six months will be subject to warnings only.  Full enforcement, including citations, will begin on or about November 6, 2009.  Fines will range from $25 to $75 per occurrence.

46) Minnesota
-Signed into law on May 15, 2009, Minnesota’s new law will require children ages 7 & under and less than 4′9″ to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 10 will be required to use a safety belt.
-Violation of the child safety seat law will result in a maximum fine of $50.
-The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2009.

47) Texas
-Enacted into law on May 29, 2009, Texas’ new law will require children ages 7 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children who are taller than 4′9″ will not be required to use a child safety seat.
-Violation of the child safety seat law will result in a maximum $25 fine for the first offense.  Subsequent violations will result in a maximum $250 fine.
-The new law will go into effect on September 1, 2009.

For more information on the booster seat laws, please click:
http://jpma.org/pdfs/09CPSLegislationMayUpdate.pdf
http://jpma.org/pdfs/BoosterLawMap2009.pdf

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