Things to Consider When Buying a Car Seat

Parents want what’s best for their children. They want the highest quality food, the safest toys, and the nicest clothes. The same should be true for car seats. Below is a brief rundown on common features to help you choose the best car seat for your baby.

Safety First

Everyone knows that the safest place for children of all ages is in the back seat, but when it comes to what kind of car seats are best for infants, there are a few things to consider. Be sure to purchase a model that comes equipped with a five-point harness, complete with shoulder straps, waist straps, and a strap that fits between the baby’s legs. Also look at how much foam or other padding is present near the baby’s head, as this acts as a form of side-impact protection. Some models use air pads instead of foam to serve the same purpose, with no signs of decreased effectiveness.

Any recently produced car seat will meet current safety standards, so it’s best to buy new instead of relying in a used or hand-me-down car seat.

Balance Convenience with Cost

Since all car seats for newborns are required to meet federal safety standards, spending more money on a fancier model is more a matter of convenience than safety. High end premium car seats often come with additional features, such as boots that go around the babies’ feet, larger canopies, or nicer fabric. This won’t necessary keep a baby any safer, but it might keep them a little bit more comfortable, decreasing fussiness over the course of their ride.

They Grow Up Fast

Newborn infants turn into toddlers before their parents even know it, so it only makes good sense to buy a car seat that is easily adjustable to accommodate their increasing size. Convertible car seats, which can be faced toward the rear for babies, and toward the front for toddlers, are just as safe as rear-facing infant car seats, but they remain useful for far longer. The down side? They can’t be removed from the car, meaning that babies must be woken up to be taken out of the seat. The difference in cost makes some parents feel that it’s worth it, but really it’s just a matter of preference.

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