Is car seat safety contingent on the price?
Car seats made in America must pass tests ensuring safety standards. Manufacturers’ models will vary causing different price ranges, yet the level of safety each car seat delivers does not vary – they are all safe when installed correctly.
What is the difference between an infant car seat and a baby booster seat?
The difference depends on the baby’s optimal age range. In general, infant car seats are engineered for babies less than one-year old and less than about 35 pounds. Experts suggest babies be placed in a rear-facing position at this age and weight to ensure maximum safety.
Booster car seats are for older children (usually exceeding one year and 25 pounds) and offer the same safety standards. There are several types of booster seats (Harnessed booster seats, Belt positioning booster seats, and no back booster seats) each one’s usage depends on the weight and height of the child.
What is a convertible car seat?
Convertible car seats have the ability to be used forward and rear facing when installed. Rear-facing positions are used until the child is around 40+ pounds before it is turned forward for continued usage.
What other factors are important to consider when purchasing a car seat?
Your baby’s height and weight need consideration when choosing a car seat. The convertible seats can then be used in a forward-facing position until the child exceeds the specific seat’s height/weight limit. When a car seat if rear facing, the baby’s head should be at least one inch below the top of the seat, and a child’s ears should be below the top of the car seat when the seat is facing the front.
As stated, all infant car seats are safe due to inspection, but they must be installed correctly in order to be effective. It may be a reality that any car seat of your choice will not be compatible with your car due to the differences in car styles. Choose a baby car seat that can be secured tightly, allowing little to no wiggle room.
Car Seat Buying Tips
- If you have friends or family members with baby car seats, it may be a good idea to fit your baby in one just to get a sense of a proper fit for your baby when shopping for a seat. In addition, try to fit one into your car to ensure a snug and efficient fit. Manufacturers’ models can vary.
- It may be wise to choose a car seat that has detachable pad covers in the event of a stain or spill occurrence. Most pad covers are machine-washable.