If you want to take your child home from the hospital via a car, you need a car seat. It’s part of the law that you need to have your child in a car seat until they’re at least 7-years-old, and it now is required for children to be in booster seats until they’re either over 60 pounds or at a certain height. There were over 1000 deaths in 2014 from car accidents alone when children were involved, and they’re the leading cause of death for children under the age of 9. So many tragedies happen from collisions, and about 75 % of accidents occur on undivided highways and roads, and half of the accidents that involve children happen when the speed limit is less than 44 mph.
Considering the stats about, a car seat is a piece of baby gear you’d want to have, but how to choose a car seat? What really is an infant car seat? How different is convertible car seat? What are the different types of car seats? Well, read on to find out. Be sure to also check all our car seat-related articles here.
It Needs The Safety Ratings
Currently, all car seats that are on the market do meet the US crash and fire safety standards, so any baby car seat that you get from a store is technically safe. It isn’t the case for older car seats that may have been made outside of the standards.
You should ensure that you do have a car seat that follows the car seat safety ratings, and you should make sure that you choose the car seats fit the child as well. By doing so, you’ll ensure proper safety, and make sure that they’re not in danger for whatever reason. The different types of car seats and its manufacturer will have a manual about its safety.
If you’re an expecting parent, you should choose baby car seats, and these usually face the rear for safety reasons, with the weight limit being anywhere from 30-35 pounds. These are good for smaller children, and until they reach the height and weight limit, they use this. The purpose of the rear-facing is to make sure that the child is safe since usually, the back is much more supportive than the front.
Then, you have convertible seats. These are for rear-facing babies and toddlers that are forward-facing, so it should last the child until they’re at least 6-7 years old. Usually, these seats are designed to hold rear-facing babies at up to 40 pounds, and 70 pounds front-facing. You should try to, however, leave the child in the rear-facing one for as long as you can, and they shouldn’t change it around until they reach this weight and height limit, which is about four. That’s because it’s usually the safest, and even when they’re at the age of 3-4, they don’t have the formative structures to adequately protect their bodies. You should keep them in the front-facing one until they’re about 60 pounds or more, or until they exceed the height limit for this too.
You want to, once the child outgrows the convertible, get a booster seat. Some convertible seats use a booster as well, or even just getting the car lap and shoulder belt seats to secure the child while they’re in the booster. You can also get backless boosters, which are fine so long as the car seat itself has head support.
You should use this until you know the child can correctly and efficiently fit in the car. Some used boosters for children until they were about 12 or 13 years old, and it’s essential to realize that they are imperative, and if you want to prevent tragedies from happening, using these are important.
Get One That Fits The Budget
While many pages will tell you time and time again how important it is to get a 300-dollar seat, sometimes that’s just not possible. However, if you need something that will last longer, consider spending a little extra on a convertible seat, since often those can be used for children as small as 5 pounds to as big as 50-60 pounds or more. Some even come with the ability to become a booster seat, later on, consider going for one that has multiple functions, since finding one that fits the budget is essential.
You shouldn’t, however, forgo any safety standards. I don’t suggest getting an older one because it does not suit the standards of the ones that are currently on the market. So, even though your parents may still have yours, there is a chance that it’s not safe. Getting one with ample padding to protect the body and head is important, so make sure you get one that does the job, but also one that doesn’t break the bank either.
Know how to Install It
A final thing to realize is that a car seat is only as good as how you install it, and you will want to install the car seat correctly. This can be easier said than done, and people sometimes thread the belts wrongly, don’t use the locking clip, don’t buckle the child in, or even install this in too loose of manner, all of which ultimately can defeat the purpose of this. You want to install this correctly so that you don’t move this around, either. Most car seats, however, are installed incorrectly, so keep that in mind. Ensure that you understand the LATCH system, which is there to help you improve car seat installation as well, and you can do this without having to use the seat belts. It’s easier for everyone, and you’ll know what to do once you do this.
Carseats are important for parents to have for their children since it can mean a difference between them being safe or not. Choosing one that best fits your child will keep it safe and secure, and ultimately, will help with improving the overall safety of everyone in the event of a crash happening, so no more fatalities happen as a result of that.
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