Which Type of Car Seat to Buy’
Author: David Hoffman
Many people are confused by the different types of carseats out there. And unfortunately, many parents go ahead and buy the wrong type of carseat without researching, placing their loved ones in unnecessary danger. Childseat Center wants to make sure you know which type of carseat is right for your baby. Below are the four basic types of carseats for babies and children.
1. Infant Carseats Infant carseats are the smallest. They are intended for newborns up to 12 months and 9kg, although a few models can support children up to 16kg. All infant carseats are rear-facing, as required by law. It has been shown that rear-facing carseats protect babies better. Infant carseats are usually used to carry babies around, and most have a companion travel stroller. The manufacturers design them to make them convenient for new baby parents, in getting in and out of vehicles and getting babies around. For example, The Graco SnugRide with EPS infant car seat is a highly popular and top-rated infant car seat that provides first-rate transportation safety for your baby, plus convenient mobility options for you. Even with its relatively low price, the Graco SnugRide with EPS receives unmatched praise for its safety by leading consumer magazines and websites.
2. Convertible Carseats Convertible carseats are bigger. In rear-facing installation, they can generally support children from 10kg to 14kg. In forward-facing installation, most models can accommodate children to 18kg. You can use a convertible carseat for your newborn baby, but it may not fit very well. When possible, delay using a convertible carseat until your baby grows out of the infant carseat. For example, The Britax Diplomat is a compact convertible child seat ideal for use with smaller vehicles. The Diplomat features True Side Impact Protection with deep side walls and head support to provide advanced protection in side impact collisions. The quick-adjust headrest and harness re-positions effortlessly without having to uninstall the seat.
3. Forward-facing Carseats / Combination Carseats Forward-facing carseats and combination carseats are both forward-facing only, so they cannot be used for infants and newborns. They are intended for children 14-18kg. Combination carseats have the extra feature of converting into a belt-positioning booster seat when the child exceeds 18kg. For example, Breverra Ascend, serves as a secure, facing-forward seat for children up to 80 lbs who can sit upright unattended. The 5-point harness system securely buckles the child into the seat with a fast and convenient 2-piece harness tie. When the harness is removed, the seat acts a belt-positioning booster, helping to elevate the child so they can look out the vehicle windows.
4. Booster Seats Once your child grows out of your forward-facing carseat, you can use a booster seat. The booster seats are intended for children over 18kg. Keep your child in a booster seat until s/he is at least 36kg and at least 1.45 metres. Final Word Except for the booster seats, it is best to have an official inspection to make sure that the carseats are installed correctly. An incorrectly installed carseats may actually do more harm to your child! Contact your local police department or highway patrol for the nearest inspection facility.
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