- In This Feature
- So Many Questions, So Little Time
- Is it OK to buy a used breast pump?
- What’s the best sleeping arrangement for my newborn?
- Can I use an heirloom crib?
- Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
- Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
- How soon can we travel with our newborn?
- If walkers aren't safe, why are they in stores?
- Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
- Can I hold my baby on my lap in taxi cabs?
- What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?
- What kind of baby thermometer should I buy?
- My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
- Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
If your kids are close in age, it's fine to reuse your car seat, provided that it hasn't been recalled and there aren't any cracks in the frame. (To check for recalls, see www.recalls.gov.) But if there's a significant age gap between your kids, you're better off buying a new seat.
The AAP advises consumers to avoid using seats more than 10 years old. Some manufacturers recommend that their models only be used for five to six years from the date of purchase. To make sure your seat hasn't expired, look on the seat's label for the date of manufacture and check your owner's manual for usage recommendations.