5 Things To Consider When Buying An Infant Car Seat

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

Additional Information:

Along with providing safety to your baby, buying an infant car seat will help you stay calm, making your traveling experience better. However, it is important to consider some specific points before finalizing your purchase decision. Though an infant car seat may look colorful and appealing, some of its functional points should never be ignored.

If you are looking for a reliable car safety for your baby, the following tips will guide you to buy the best one:

1. “The Five Star Rating”

Obviously, the first thing you should consider is the safety standards followed by the manufacturers of the infant car seats available in any baby store. To ensure this, you can check whether they follow the “National Highway Transportation Safety Administration” (NHTSA) standards or not. This system is based on the “Five Star Rating”, which means that the ease-of-use of an infant car seat highly depends on the number of stars it has.

If the selected vehicle seat has more NHTSA stars, it simply means that it can provide maximum security and safety to your child while traveling.

2. Check the Base of the Car Seat

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

Most infant car seats in Gilbert, Arizona are manufactured with a base made of plastic. This plastic base is installed in the vehicle by snapping the seat of the car into this base, and buckling up the child when you start traveling. When you have reached your destination, all you need to do is to unsnap the seat from the plastic base. Due to the significance of the seat base, it is important to check its quality.

3. Are the Straps Adjustable?

An ideal infant car seat has five straps, i.e. two for shoulders, two for thighs, and one between the legs of your baby. However, many of the traditional baby seats do not have all adjustable straps. So, make sure you buy the infant car seat with adjustable straps from a reliable baby store in Chandler, Arizona.

4. Use LATCH Rather than Your Safety Belt

The “Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children” (LATCH) system enables parents to attach the infant car safety directly to the vehicle rather than securing it with just a seat belt. So, you can make its installation easier and safer by purchasing one with the LATCH system.

5. Buy One with Washable Covers

It is definitely hectic to ensure that the infant car seat remains clean. You will need to wash it often. Make the cleaning process easier by buying a car seat that is available with washable covers.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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