Choosing a car seat is very difficult considering that there are many types to choose from. With this, you need to be thorough just to make sure that you are getting the most appropriate for your child's needs. If your child is more than 40 pounds, you need to choose between a convertible and a booster seat. Here are some things you need to know.
Kids over 40 pounds can choose to have a convertible seat. For one, convertible seats can accommodate kids weighing between 5 to 70 pounds. So, this means that your child can use it from infancy and when he reaches a certain weight and age, say 40 pounds and 2 years old, he can then use it in a front facing position. Some convertibles can also be used as a booster seat and your child can use it until he weighs up to 70 to 120 pounds. The weight requirement would have to depend on the brand and model of the safety seat.
On the other hand, kids over 40 pounds, more than 40 inches tall and at least 4 years old can use a booster seat. This is ideal for bigger kids knowing that kids at this age are more mature and their bodies are more developed compared to smaller kids and babies. Boosters are primarily used to lift kids into a higher position so that they could reach a certain height where they can use the seatbelt of your car for proper restraining.
While these two are the types of car seats for kids over 40 pounds, they can be distinguished based on their designs; convertibles are more like your usual car seat where there is a five point harness, bulkier and has more cushion. Booster seats may vary depending on its design as well as there are two types. First, there is a backless booster where all your child has to lay his back on is your car. This is great for bigger kids since they can sit comfortably particularly in resting their heads. This is because those with back support, its headrest would have to be adjusted once he grows taller.
Given that backless booster has an advantage in terms of adjusting it, the design with back support is as useful and helpful as well. The back support is great particularly for those who have just used a booster. This is more comfortable especially during long hours of driving.
Between the two, booster and convertible, the important thing you need to consider is its capacity to protect your child during a crash. You need to see whether it has passed the crash test to prove its worth. Checking its safety features is also very important, you can check out those with side impact protection, energy-absorbing foam, LATCH system, anti-rebound bar and many more. You need to make sure that it is user-friendly and easy to install, this way, you can guarantee that it will not be wasted and it will serve its purpose in saving your child's life in case of a car collision.