Vera Webb Car Seat April 13th, 2019 - 03:20:52
As a parent, choosing the right carseats can be an agonizing process for beginning parents. Which one should I get? Which are the safest carseats for my baby? Are these carseats expensive? All of these thoughts cross your mind, but we are here to help.
First, the car seat can handle a child up to 65 lbs. and my son seemed to be growing pretty quickly. Some of the other car seats did not get close to this weight limit. And as he grew, the Graco Car Seat could be converted into a booster seat until he was up to 100 lbs. By that time, he probably would not even need a booster seat.
How do I know when my child is ready for a booster seat?
Pre 2002 car models without the LATCH system can be customized to include this invaluable feature. It is also advisable to consult your manufacturer or auto dealer for more information. For those using the traditional tethering system using the car seat shoulder and lap belts, it is highly advisable to test the firmness of the buckled up seat. What this means is that the seat should not move over an inch from a firm push. If it does, it is best to secure the belts with a locking clip. A locking clip has a shape just like a big paper clip and fits around the belt. It fills the space between the belt and buckle thus firmly securing the safety seat in place.The locking clips are available at most auto part stores.
Safety - In the US, all baby car seats are required to hurdle a uniform set of federal crash tests. Some brands offer extra features that allow for convenient installation like non-twisting straps and integrated locking clips. As even the barest and cheapest units available may have passed the basic tests, and as such may be considered as generally safe, the extra features may offer added safety, albeit for an additional cost. Also be sure to check the history of any secondhand safety restraint you may be offered by friends or purchase from a garage sale, eBay etc. Never, ever use a car seat that has been involved in a crash! Safety Belt Safe U.S.A. has a form you can use for this called "Car Seat Checkup Online" Also the "Personal Stories" section is great to read.
The handle that is on an infant seat will usually swing from behind the seat for the convenience of carrying your infant when in an upright position. You will want to make sure that your car seat is in a reclined position so that your infant's head doesn't fall forward and cause possible breathing problems. An infant can grow out of an infant seat rather fast as your baby can become too heavy in usually a period of six to nine months. At this time you will want to consider going to a convertible car seat. In this case, the baby will be more secure and safe when traveling. These types of seats usually range about $75.00 to $300.00 and are compatible to a stroller frame that is most the time sold separately. This type usually takes a child from thirty or thirty-five pounds depending on which model you have. The convertible seat that goes forward will accommodate a child anywhere from forty to sixty-five pounds. Convertible seats can help you get your monies worth as they can take a child as far as kindergarten and maybe even longer.