Janine Noel Car Seat April 10th, 2019 - 02:06:33
Infants (birth to 1 year and/or 20 lbs) - Keep children under twelve months in an age-appropriate safety seat installed in the back seat, facing backwards. Infants should be kept in this backwards facing position as long as they are able to, until they outgrow the safety seat's height/weight limit.
Why bother with an infant seat when the options of a convertible seat are so much greater, of course the ultimate reason is safety, babies under 20 pounds are better off in an infant seat as the seats are contoured and have support to hold the newborn correctly in all the right places, they are also smaller and lighter and generally have a handle for easy carrying, so this saves waking your baby when taking him from the car. Experts agree that newborns are better off in an infant seat. Many parents have had to use towels, head rests and other cushioning to prop baby up safely as their newborn is swimming in the convertible seat, this is not necessarily a safe option. The disadvantage of course is financial and only you can decide if it is worth the extra cost of ultimately buying more than one baby seat. For a front-facing seat position, make sure to take into consideration the recommended limits. For the height, make sure that the child's head is at least an inch to two inches below the car seat top when front-facing, the top of the baby's ear should of course be under the top of the seat.
The first type of child car seats is known as an infant seat. These are generally rear-facing and are designed to fit babies providing better protection for them. They are also lighter than convertible seats and often have handles to allow for easier carrying. Most of the standard rear-facing child car seats usually hold up to 22 lb. However, there are other types which can hold babies that weigh 30 lb. When purchasing this kind of seat, ensure that you choose one which will accommodate your baby up to her first birthday.
When choosing the right car seat for your baby, be sure that the lap belt will fit snugly over your child, and can extend or retract in order to make it a more comfortable fit. If you're not sure if a child seat will accommodate your toddler, don't be afraid to ask a salesperson to take out model car seats for your child to test out. After all, it's important to test out a car seat before making that purchase - this is why many experts recommend buying in-store rather than online, as you'll be able to more thoroughly test car seats for fit and function.
Infant car seats are rear-facing to offer more protection for the little ones in their early years. Most infant models are rated at around 5 - 22 lbs. These will usually be able to get most infants through year one. Then, different options can be explored in terms of child safety seats for cars.
The last type of seat is a booster seat. These can have a high back like a portable seat or no back or backless like a booster seat at a restaurant. Which you choose will again depend on weight and height. Many of the backed booster seats can easily be converted to backless ones. The main difference with these is that they use a belt-positioning system for guiding your vehicle's seat belt to the right height and position for kids and not a built in harness system.