Janine Noel Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 02:41:06
One choice is to buy a rear-facing infant car seat (suitable for babies up to 20lbs), that will fit your baby snugly during the first few months and often comes with a handle for easy carrying. And, if you're looking for the utmost in convenience, select a travel system. Infant travel systems include a ready made car seat and stroller combination.
Second, the seat just looked and felt so much better than many of the other similar seats. It was a bit heavy, 26 lbs., but that was not so bad considering it had a steel frame and felt really, really solid. The fabric is easy to clean with a damp cloth and the seat cushion can even be removed and thrown in the washing machine. It really felt durable and that was a high priority for me.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidance in choosing the most appropriate car seat for your child and vehicle. Basic guidelines state that infants and toddlers will need a rear-facing car safety seat until they are two years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat's manufacturer. There are three types of rear facing safety seats: infant-only seats, convertible seats and three in one seats. When children reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their infant only seat, they should continue to ride rear facing in a convertible seat or a three in one seat. They do make convertible seats and three in one seats that adjust for infants.
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.
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.
High Back Booster Seat (Recommended when the car has low seat backs)