Nellie Blevins Car Seat April 10th, 2019 - 02:23:21
When you are starting out, you have the option of putting your newborn into a convertible car seat or a dedicated infant seat. Although convertible types can be forward facing as well as rear facing and will hold your baby until he or she is two tears old, the infant car seat is a much safer and more comfortable choice.
You may use a convertible car seat as well for infants. Then, again, you may want to stay with a design for infants, because they will fit more securely and these types tend to attach from the base of the seat. A lot of infant seats that you may purchase will attach to a stroller frame that you may also want to purchase as it will be much easier for you. The seat can be detached from the car to the stroller frame without even waking your infant. Most of the infant seats come with a base that will keep the seat attached to your car either by a latch or a safety belt. The word latch stands for lower anchors and tethers for your child that has a belt that hooks or clicks to the base to metal anchors in the car. You may not need a base for the car seat as the safety strap can secure the baby. Usually these seats come with a three point harness, but they may come with two straps that will come together as a buckle in itself. Now, most seats these days will come with a five point harness which is usually recommended.
There are three main types of car seats. These include infant car seats which are rear-facing. Then there are convertible products which can be positioned in the rear-facing position or forward-facing, hence the name. Then, there are the booster seats for cars. These use the car's shoulder and lap belt system to secure the child versus the internal harness of a child seat.
The last type of seat is a booster seat. These can have a high back like a portable seat or no back or backless like a booster seat at a restaurant. Which you choose will again depend on weight and height. Many of the backed booster seats can easily be converted to backless ones. The main difference with these is that they use a belt-positioning system for guiding your vehicle's seat belt to the right height and position for kids and not a built in harness system.
The second type of seat is a convertible seat. These seats have a larger weight range, and can be flipped from the rear-facing position to the forward-facing position when baby is big enough. Although far more expensive, with some models carrying weight limits ranging from 5-100 pounds, it might be the only seat you ever have to buy. Convertible seats are not portable and remain in the car at all times.
The first type of child car seats is known as an infant seat. These are generally rear-facing and are designed to fit babies providing better protection for them. They are also lighter than convertible seats and often have handles to allow for easier carrying. Most of the standard rear-facing child car seats usually hold up to 22 lb. However, there are other types which can hold babies that weigh 30 lb. When purchasing this kind of seat, ensure that you choose one which will accommodate your baby up to her first birthday.