Car Seat Selection Guide

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Vehicle crashes can be the most terrible worry for every parent or care giver. They can result in serious injury for toddlers and children. Being sure that your son or daughter is correctly anchored in a safe and sound carseat will help lessen the potential risks considerably.

There are lots of different types of child car seats to select from and it may feel somewhat overwhelming trying to navigate through all the available information.

The paramount thing with regards to vehicle safety is to select a car seat which fits the youngster with regards to their weight, height and age. A carseat is not really reliable when the little one doesn't fit it properly. To begin with, you will require a newborn car seat, when leaving the hospital for taking your baby home. Then you'll have to modify the carseat as the little one gets bigger.

The Newborn or Baby Seat

The seat for the very young baby is easy to install and simply to secure in a vehicle. It doubles as a baby carry basket as they all come with handles for use when out of the vehicle. The big benefit of the infant car seat is the child is undisturbed when either placing them in the vehicle or taking the carry basket out.

The most widespread and safest is a backwards-facing seat. this type is very reliable and offers the most protection and security to your baby in the event of a collision.

It should be noted that to ensure maximum protection, be sure that it's installed according to the manufacturers recommendations. Do not install a back facing seat on the front seat of the vehicle if the vehicle is equipped with an airbag. Airbags can be a danger for young children of an age and size suited to a reward facing seat.

The newborn car seat is suitable for kids up to about one year old. This is a guide only as the weight restrictions will override the age limits. Be sure to double check the height and weight limits for the particular seat.

Front Facing Seats

As soon as the child is about one year old or weighs twenty pounds it's time to switch to a front facing carseat. Children of this age will also want to look around and sit up rather than lie down. Proper installation is critical to the performance of these seats. Again, consult the manufacturers guide and read all the instructions thoroughly.

Most well know car seat brands provide video instructions online, which can be a great help in a step by step installation guide. In addition there are usually several ways to contact the manufacturers through their websites if you need additional help in installing the car seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides several inspection stations across the USA, where certified officers will inspect your car seat and advise about its suitability and installation. To find an inspection station in your area, you can visit the NHTSA website.

The Convertible Car Seat

This kind of car seat is designed to be altered when your toddler gets bigger. These types of seats include a five safety harness which is secured around the torso and also beneath with straps that are adjustable. They are designed to be used in a backwards facing configuration as soon as your child has outgrown its newborn car seat yet still not really big enough to take a seat in the front facing configuration.

As soon as they are old enough, the seat then converts to a front facing style. Commonly, these types of car seats can be utilized for youngsters up to around forty pounds, but be sure to check the user guide.

A Booster Car Seat

Once your son or daughter reaches 40 pounds in weight, it is time to switch to a booster seat. When your child is above 40 pounds it is time to change to a booster seat. A booster seat is essentially a base which elevates the child making it possible to use the regular vehicle seat belt. Most booster seats are suitable for children until they reach 80 pounds in weight.

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