By Michelle O’Connor,
Infant Car Seats
A car seat is perhaps the most important piece of baby equipment
that you will ever buy. Since an unsecured child could easily be injured in the
event of a car crash, you’ll want to make sure that you purchase a car seat that
has a stellar safety record. But how do you know which safety seat represents
the best investment? And what are some things you should consider, once you
attempt your first test drive with baby in tow?
No One Seat
You need to remember that
no single car seat is considered the best. In other words, the best version is
the one that is used properly, that accommodates your child comfortably, and
that is installed correctly. Surprisingly, price should not always be a
consideration when purchasing a car seat. A higher-priced model may not
necessarily be easier to use. When choosing a car seat, you should first test
it out. Place your child inside and see whether the harnesses and buckles are
easy to work and fit comfortably. Also, you should always follow the written
directions that accompany the car seat. You should also bear in mind that a
car seat display in a store may not show the car seat being used correctly.
Therefore, you should rely on written instructions for guidance rather than
department store displays. Another great way to evaluate car seats is by
reviewing child car seat safety ratings.
matter which brand of car seat you ultimately choose, you’ll want to keep some
key safety rules in mind. First of all, you should use the car seat every time
your baby rides in your car. In fact, this practice should begin with your
baby’s initial trip home from the hospital. In addition, note that the safest
place for children to ride is in the back seat. You should never place a child
in a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a car that has an airbag.
There’s too great of a danger that your child will get hurt if you should get
into a car accident. You should also consider setting a good example by always
wearing your seatbelt. This promotes the idea that everyone in the car,
especially your children, should buckle up with every drive. You also need to
remember that every car seat is different, so be sure to read the directions
that came with the seat, in case you have any questions along the way. You
should also read the owner’s manual of your car to determine how to correctly
install the car seat in your particular vehicle. Review car seat safety
ratings before making your purchase.
Infant-only car seats are
known for being small and portable. In fact, at times they may be part of a
larger stroller system. The seats also have a three- or five-point harness for
safety’s sake. In general, the seats can be used for babies up to 20 or 22
pounds, depending on which model you choose. Also, a number of infant car seats
come with a detachable base which you can leave in the car. Since the seat
clicks in and out of the base, you don’t have to re-install it each time you use
it. Review infant car seat safety ratings before making your purchase decision.
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