Deann Macias Car Seat April 10th, 2019 - 02:11:43
The bottom line is that many child injuries resulting from car crashes could be lessened or avoided if parents observed car seat safety procedures more strictly. For example, children between 4 and 7 who sit in booster seats have a 59% lower risk of injury during a car accident than children using safety belts alone.
Another type of seat that is suitable as an infant's first car seat is the convertible car seat. This kind of seat can be used rear-facing from 5lbs to around 30lbs in most cases, and can then be converted into a front facing seat when your child has grown to the manufacturers limit, which is typically around 30lbs in weight or at approximately 2 years of age. Some of the best convertible child seats include the Britax Marathon 70 and the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite.
The infant only car seat is used for infants up to 35 pounds, depending the model. They are small, light weight and come with carrying handles. These are the one's that you see in the shopping carts. They sometimes come as a part of a stroller system. They may come with a base that is left in the car. The seat clicks into the base. You won't have to install the seat each time you use it. You may purchase more than one base for additional cars.
The position considered most safe for a baby to ride in is the center of the rear seat. If you are riding in a van or a wagon with several back seats then the center of the middle seat is the most appropriate position. Seats for babies under the age of 2 years are recommended to be installed in the rear facing position. This should continue until the baby outgrows the maximum rear facing leg room allowance. After 2 years, the baby can ride facing forward. The center of the rear seat is still the safest place to install the safety car seat in the car.
Perfect Fit for the Baby - Choose the unit to buy with your child's age, weight, and height in mind. For example, infant seats that are rear-facing only are ideal for use with infants up to 30/35 lbs, the best model I have found that will take your child to 35 lbs is the Graco Snugride 35. While convertible models can be used in rear-facing positions until the baby is about 45 lbs, the only model I have found that will go to 45 lbs is the Diono Radian RXT convertible car seat. Although recent studies have shown that if a child is under 2 their neck is still not strong enough to support the head in the event of a crash. A child under 2 is 75% less likely to incur a serious injury or die when in a rear facing seat, so making sure the seat you purchase is suitable to be used rear facing until your child is 2 years old is an important consideration. Keep in mind that the best seat for your child is the one that can offer him the best protection while riding with you. You don't have to turn him around to a front-facing position just because he reached a certain age or weight. A lot of models today offer higher limits for the rear-facing position, which as stated above is generally considered safer.
LATCH refers to Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. It is a baby car seat installation system. The lower hooks are attached between the bottom of the back of the seat and seat itself. The tether piece is a strap made of seat belt material with a clip that secures forward facing baby car seats and prevents excessive movement of the baby's head in crashes.