Janine Noel Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 03:01:54
As a single working mom, my utmost concern is for the safety and welfare of my son, but I also have to watch my budget on a daily basis. So it was with that in mind that I started searching for information for the best price / quality combination on a car seat that I could find. The car seat needed to have several things: it had to be durable, good quality, easy to install and adjust, comfortable for my son, easy to clean/maintain and, mostly, affordable. That is asking a lot, but after some effort I decided that the Graco Car Seat had the best price and fit all my parameters. Let me tell you about my son's car seat.
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.
Now a travel system includes an infant car seat, a base for the car and a separate stroller all in one purchase. With this particular piece of baby gear the car seat generally snaps into the stroller, it also allows one to move a sleeping baby without waking them. You will also want to have a soft seat to give the baby a break from the infant car seat. There can be a negative side to the travel system as some manufacturers only make a seat that goes with their own stroller system. This can be avoided by choosing a stroller that takes different car seats. Also, these types of strollers and car seats can be bulky so you want to make sure you have enough room in your car's trunk.
Evaluate your vehicle(s) to ensure that the bottom seat is flat enough to hold the car seat safely and that the seat belt is long enough to secure the car seat. There are usually two options of installation, long belt/short belt so make sure your car seat is equipped to do both if necessary. If you have a smaller vehicle make sure that the child will have plenty of head and leg room when the seat is installed in the forward-facing position, will he/she be able to kick your seat? Is there enough room for the car seat to be reclined? Minute details can be found in product manuals, you can access these product manuals for free on most manufacturer web sites. This will provide car seat measurements as well weight and height limits. It will also have installation directions, if it looks too complicated don't buy it.
Convenience factor with this stage of car seat is that most models will have a carry handle enabling you to easily remove and carry the baby without removing them from the car seat especially handy if the baby is asleep and may also fit onto corresponding pushchair converting it to a travel system.
Are you in the market for car seats for your new addition to the family? If so, then you'll need to prepare yourself for plenty of choice, tons of car seat features, and more than your fair share of headaches from information overload. Luckily, I've narrowed down what every parent needs to remember when choosing the right car seat for their little angel, and how to choose the right one that fits both budget and car safety regulations.