Nannie Hawkins Car Seat April 10th, 2019 - 02:14:10
Parents may find that one of the most stressful tasks isn't giving birth, picking schools or balancing schedules but...picking a car seat! New models are continuously making their way onto the market and parents scrutinize over every detail that will best suit their child. Taking notes on the child's weight, length, and age will help parents easily cross off seats that won't fit their child. It will also let parents see how much room it gives their growing children. If parents plan on using the seat for a long term basis, it is good to know how long the product has until the child outgrows max height and weight restrictions.
Now I advise you to keep the convertible seat facing the rear of the car until twenty-three months or until your child reaches at least forty pounds which along with the recommend height limits by the manufacturer. When your child meets these requirements you can turn the seat to the front of the car. It can be said that the longer you keep your child facing the rear the better. This is what the Health Educator and Certified Child Passenger Safety Tech believes from John Hopkins Children's Safety Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The movement of the baby can cause your baby to wake up when in the front direction and this could hinder even small trips to your local grocery store.
The last guideline while shopping for the child car seat is to ensure that it fits in your vehicle. This is very crucial if your car is small. Thus, you ought to take measurements from off the vehicle seat box and take the dimensions of the space inside your back seat. There are several sites which allow you to enter the car you have and the seat you are thinking of purchasing. From your selection, they will then tell you if the seat will fit in your car. Always make sure that the seat you select is comfortable for your child.
A child car seat should be high on your to-buy list. You'll need one to bring your baby home from the hospital and for every car trip thereafter. In fact, hospitals and birthing centers generally won't let you leave by car with your newborn if you don't have one. Every state requires that kids up to 4 years of age ride in a car seat; many require booster seats for older children.
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 downside to the infant car seat is that you'll spend $60 to $150 on the seat and your child will outgrow it in 6 months to a year. You'll have to upgrade to a convertible car seat once your baby reaches 20 lbs. If this is a concern for you, you can buy a convertible car seat that will face the rear for your newborn and can turn around to face the front for your baby once he or she reaches 20 lbs.