Connie Hodges Car Seat April 15th, 2019 - 02:46:55
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.
There are two types of car seats for babies. The first is the bucket style infant seat, which has a handle for easy carrying and often has a permanent base that is left in the car. The seat latches into the base for travel, and can easily be released. These seats are popular for young babies, as they allow the parent to remove the entire seat from the car without disturbing a sleeping infant. Infant seats can only be used in the rear-facing position, and generally have a weight limit of 22-35 pounds.
The deciding factor between the different types of child seats for cars is usually weight and height of your child. Many experts agree that infants should be in rear-facing auto seats for the first year. Then, as their weight and size increases, they can be placed in front facing seats. Depending on the brand and model, after around the 40 lbs weight range and height range (dependent on model) has been reached, a booster seat can be implemented.
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.
A high back booster seat are similar to traditional car seats and often feature a 5 point harness. Though considered to be the safest type, they are large and bulky. A high back booster would be ideal for a younger child and as a semi permanent seat in your vehicle. Many are even equipped with LATCH systems for secure installation. If you plan on moving the seat from one car to the next, this setup could be difficult to transfer.
All babies should use a rear-facing seat until they are two years old or have reached the height and weight limit of whatever seat you are using. Weight ranges for infant car seats start can start at 4 pounds and go up to 35 pounds maximum. Infant seats are equipped with five-point harnesses that offer good security for your baby and can only be used in a rear-facing position which is much safer in the event of a crash. The seat should also be adjusted to recline at a 35 to 45 degree angle.