Tuesday, August 25, 2020

How to Choose the Best Car Seat for Your Child

 Your child's safety is your number one priority and choosing the right car seat is an integral part of that. Whether you're at home with your kids or on the road, you will always take extra care to ensure your child's safety. With so many car seat options out there, it can be challenging to figure out which is the best option for your child. Depending on your child's size and age, they will need different types of car seats, and here is how you choose the best one.

Rear-facing car seat

A rear-facing car seat is a perfect option for a newborn. They are the safest option for your child, which many people don't realize. Some people prefer front-facing, so they can see their child's face as they are driving, but if safety is your priority you should opt for a rear-facing, and keep them in it as long as possible.

Typically, rear-facing seats can accommodate children up to 40lbs, but kids will often outgrow the seat before they reach that weight. Investing in a good quality rear-facing seat will ensure that it lasts for as long as you need it. While they can be pricey, using promo codes at reputable retailers will help you lower the price.

Convertible car seats

Once your child has outgrown their first car seat, you can consider moving them into a convertible one. You can place these seats both rear- and front-facing, making them a versatile option. You'll want to keep the seat rear-facing while your child is under 20 pounds, but after that, you can spin it around. Children typically stay in these car seats up to the age of 5, depending on their size. If your child is growing fast then they might need to switch to the next option earlier.

Booster seats

Booster seats are for when your child has outgrown their convertible car seat. When your child is in a booster, they will use the regular seatbelt of your car. The purpose of the boost is to bring them up high enough for your car's belt to work effectively and keep them safe in case of a sudden stop or accident. There are different types of booster seats available, both with high backs, and backless. Regardless of which kind you choose, they can usually support children up to 90 pounds.

Depending on where you live, there are different regulations regarding the use of booster seats. Some states require that any child under the age of 13 uses a booster seat, while others only require it until age 7. Check your local regulations to find out which applies to you.

All-in-one car seats

All-in-one car seats combine all the above three options into one car seat. They will allow you to transition from an infant, rear-facing seat to booster seat within the one design. They are quite heavy-duty, since they are multi-use, and can be awkward to get in and out of your vehicle. That said, you will only have to purchase one seat that will last your kid's whole childhood. 

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