Connie Hodges Car Seat April 10th, 2019 - 02:19:10
Perfect Fit for the Baby - Choose the unit to buy with your child's age, weight, and height in mind. For example, infant seats that are rear-facing only are ideal for use with infants up to 30/35 lbs, the best model I have found that will take your child to 35 lbs is the Graco Snugride 35. While convertible models can be used in rear-facing positions until the baby is about 45 lbs, the only model I have found that will go to 45 lbs is the Diono Radian RXT convertible car seat. Although recent studies have shown that if a child is under 2 their neck is still not strong enough to support the head in the event of a crash. A child under 2 is 75% less likely to incur a serious injury or die when in a rear facing seat, so making sure the seat you purchase is suitable to be used rear facing until your child is 2 years old is an important consideration. Keep in mind that the best seat for your child is the one that can offer him the best protection while riding with you. You don't have to turn him around to a front-facing position just because he reached a certain age or weight. A lot of models today offer higher limits for the rear-facing position, which as stated above is generally considered safer.
Convertible seat. These seats can be rear facing or forward facing. These seats are the next stage for your baby after they've grown out of their infant car seat. The allowed weight ranges anywhere from 20-65 pounds. Remember, this is a product you'll be putting your child into everyday so there are lots of things to consider. Height and weight limits are often problematic because children usually tend to outgrow one limit before the other limit is reached.
The infant only car seat is used for infants up to 35 pounds, depending the model. They are small, light weight and come with carrying handles. These are the one's that you see in the shopping carts. They sometimes come as a part of a stroller system. They may come with a base that is left in the car. The seat clicks into the base. You won't have to install the seat each time you use it. You may purchase more than one base for additional cars.
Another cars child safety seat is the booster seat, used when your child gets older, up to six. These are not child seats, and they don't include safety harnesses, so you have to use the car's own safety devices. What the booster seat does is raise the child up in the seat in order for the vehicle's safety belt to fit the child better.
This type of seat can be adjusted as your child grows. These seats have 5-point harness that is buckled at the chest and below with adjustable straps. Many of these seats can be placed back-facing for when your baby is too big for its infant seat but still not big enough to sit in a forward facing car seat. When the child is old enough, the convertible seat can be placed forward facing, but it is recommended to keep the child back-facing for as long as possible. Usually, these seats can be used up to 40 pounds but make sure you read the exact recommendations for the specific model.
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.