Janine Noel Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 02:45:38
The most important thing regarding car safety is to choose a seat that fits the child regarding age, weight and height. A car seat is simply not safe if the child does not fit it well. Initially you will need an infant seat, which you will need already when you leave the hospital to take your newborn home. Then you will need to change the car seat as the child grows.
After the infant stage, the toddler and above stage can be in a forward-facing unit or convertible, for those that only want to buy one product that will last for several years. Many parents choose the ones that can also be used in a travel system like with strollers and extra stay-in-car bases. This makes traveling with a baby much more convenient for the whole family.
Rear-facing, infant-only seat. Typically these are for newborns ranging in weight from 5-22 and under a year of age. There is a part of this car seat attached to a handle that snaps out that enables the seat and the baby to be carried in and out of the car. When looking at these seats ask yourself, how much does this product weigh? Is it heavy? Bulky? Does the seat snap back in place easily? Are you looking for a car seat that can be removed and then snapped into a stroller for easy travel? Is the harness easy to adjust?
Once non-compulsory, many states have enforced laws requiring booster car seats for children up to 8 years old. Older children have a higher rate of injury than younger ones for several reasons. Many move the car belt under the arm or behind their them. They tend to slide to the edge of the seat or slump downward. Older children may find vehicle seats and car belts uncomfortable, so they tend not to buckle up.
Suitable for Babies upto 18kg, Birth to 4 years approximately.
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.