These seats, also called "flat car seats," are for premature or other special-needs babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a health-care provider look at how your preterm baby fits and breathes in a car seat before leaving the hospital.
Remember, the best child safety seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use and fits in your vehicle correctly. The best way to ensure a proper fit in your vehicle is to try installing the child seat before purchasing. Contact your local police or fire station for help installing your specific seat. Many of these stations have free programs to show you how to do this.
If you install your seat yourself, have it checked at a child safety seat inspection station or by a certified child passenger safety technician. To find one near you, visit nhtsa.dot.gov
(The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or seatcheck.org
. You can also call 1-888-DASH-2-DOT or 1-866-SEATCHECK.