Buying Your Convertible Car Seat: 5 Things To Remember
Buying for baby is a big part of the getting ready for parenthood. Once baby is out of the infant car seat, you’re growing bundle moves up to a big kid seat. Your baby might be older (and less fragile than a newborn), but choosing the right convertible car seat is imperatively important. Your baby will sit in that seat for years to come, so make sure it’s the right one! Here are 5 things to remember as you begin the process of buying a convertible car seat.
Rear Facing Weight Limits
What makes convertible car seats so exciting is that they can be installed in both rear and forward facing positions, giving parents the power to decide when your individual child is ready to forward face. But every car seat manufacturer, and specific car seat brand line, has their own rear facing weight limit. With new recommendations stating toddlers should remain rear facing until the age of two, many parents are going a step further and looking at their car seat’s rear facing weight limits to determine when to forward face their child. Parents who want to keep their child rear facing for as long as possible should look for car seats with the highest rear facing weight limits available.
Weight limits of a convertible car seat are commonly discussed, but equally important is the shell size, or height restriction of a car seat. Especially important if you have tall children, be aware of the height restrictions of a convertible car seat before buying. Babies grow quickly from toddler to big kid, so make sure this pricey investment will grow adequately with your baby by ensuring the height restrictions are where you need them to be. With so many options available, there are brands that cater specifically to tall kids.
Ease of Use
When you have a car seat that is hard to install, you are less likely to install it correctly. You might buy the latest and greatest car seat technology, but without proper installation, your car seat won’t protect your child optimally. Before buying your convertible car seat, take it out to your car to make sure you can properly install it with relative ease. Watch Youtube videos of car seat installation. Have your seat checked by certified car seat installation experts. Especially if switching your car seat from one car to the other is a part of your regular life, make ease of use a priority.
Side Impact Protection
Accidents happen in many ways, thus protecting your child from not only front and back impact, but also side impact might be a consideration when buying your convertible car seat. Many car seat models now offer side impact protection for the baby in the seat, as well as children sitting next to the seat, absorbing impact away from our precious cargo.
What good is a car seat if baby is miserable and refuses to sit in it? Before buying your convertible car seat, test out the comforts of your baby’s new ride by having them sit in it at the store. Many seats sit like a bucket, making small children feel secure. Others will have your child sit higher up. Will the shell of the car seat restrict their view to the outside world? Do the harness straps feel comfortable? While their safety should be your utmost concern, don’t devalue the importance of comfort.
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