Allyson Daugherty Car Seat April 13th, 2019 - 03:48:31
The very best and safest car seats are as good as the installation of them. Parents should take the time to make sure the number one fact to remember is the installation of your baby car seats. By doing so you are making sure your child will travel in a safe manor while being as comfortable as they can be in the car seat. As a parent, you should absolutely use a car seat every single time you step into the car with your child. To grandmas or to the super market down the street, your child should always be securely seated in their car seat. Here are some tips to follow when placing your child into their car seat to help you:
Once a child has outgrown a rearwards facing seat, the best option is to use a Group 1 seat with an integral harness, the large area of the harness helps to reduce the risk of injury if there is a crash. The bottom attachment between the legs will also prevent the child from sliding under, and out of the harness. They can be used in the front or rear of the car but it is safer to put them in the rear especially if there is a passenger airbag in the front. Once again it is safest to keep children in this type of car seat until they have outgrown it.
There are a wide variety of car seats on the market with a range of price tags, but all seats, no matter what the price are subjected to the same safety tests. The only exception to this rule is European seats, which are put through side impact tests as well as front and rear. At this time US car seats are not tested for side impact.
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.
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.
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?