How To Choose From The Different Types Of Car Seats?

If you want to take your child home from the hospital via a car, you need a carseat, and it’s part of the law that you need to have your child in a carseat 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 age of 9, for the simple reason of they weren’t properly restrained. So many tragedies happen from collisions, and about 75 % of accidents happen on undivided highways and roads, and half of the accidents that involve children happen when the speed limit is less than 44 mph. This is a piece of baby dear you’ll want to have, but how do you choose one? What are the different types? Well, read on to find out.


It Needs The Safety Ratings

Currently, all carseats that are on the market do meet the US crash and fire safety standards, so any carseat that you get from a store is technically safe. This isn’t the case for older carseats however, which may have been made outside of the standards, and are a safety violation.

You should always make sure that you do have a carseat that follows the safety ratings, and you should make sure that you choose one that fits the child as well. By doing so, you’ll ensure proper safety, and make sure that they’re not in danger for whatever reason.


Baby seats

If you’re an expecting parent, you should choose baby carseats, and these usually face the rear for safety reasons, with the weight limit being anywhere from 30-35 pounds. These are good for children that are smaller 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 kept safe since usually, the back is much more supportive than the front.



Convertible Seats

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 fully 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.



Booster Seats

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 carseat itself has head support.


You should use this until you know the child can correctly and easily fit in the car. Some used boosters for children until they were about 12 or 13 years old, and it’s important 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 want 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, so if you want to get something that will last a long time, consider going for one that has multiple functions, since finding one that fits the budget is important.

You shouldn’t however, forgo any safety standards. I don’t suggest getting an older one, since it is often not to 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 carseat is only as good as how you install it, and you will want to install the carseat 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 carseats however are installed incorrectly, so keep that in mind. You should make sure that you understand the LATCH system, which is there to help you improve installation as well, and you can do this without having to use the seat belts. It makes the job 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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