Janine Noel Car Seat April 10th, 2019 - 02:10:28
For children under a year of age they should be placed in rear-facing seats in the centerof the rear seat. Older children can sit facing front and their seat are generally placed behind the driver or passenger in order to utilize the shoulder/lap belts.
It is recommended by experts that an infant car seat or premature baby car bed is only fitted in the rear of the car. Infant carriers must be used in a rear-facing position until your child either exceeds the manufacturers weight limit of the seat or reaches 2 years of age. Travelling in the rear of the car and also rearward facing reduces your child's risk of serious injury in the event of a car crash by over 50% so this is advice that should be followed to ensure the maximum safety of your child.
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.
Did you know an overwhelming 3 out of 4 child safety seats are improperly installed? This information is according to the National Traffic Safety Administration. This is also despite the fact that almost all baby car seats come with a user manual and most parents are literate enough to read through and follow directions on how to install their child car seat correctly.
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.
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.