Finding the Perfect Car Seat for Your Family

Daniel Dias is Dorel Juvenile’s Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor and Brand Ambassador. Dias created a guest blog for Toys ‘R Us in honor of September being Baby Safety Month.

 

A car seat can ultimately save your child’s life, so it is very important to understand all the options available to you before you begin shopping. The best car seat is one that fits the child, that fits the vehicle, and that the parent can use correctly every ride. There are numerous categories of car seats available to parents and knowing about each type will help the decision making process easier when choosing the perfect seat for your precious cargo.

Rear-facing Car Seats

Rear-facing seats (or infant car seats) are typically the first models that new parents become familiar with. Experts recommend that parents keep children rear-facing as long as possible. It is important to look for a model with a higher maximum weight and height range.

An added benefit for on-the-go parents – infant car seat bases remain installed in the car and allows you to remove the carrier portion so that you won’t have to wake your sleeping baby when getting out of the car.

Convertible Car Seats

As baby grows, so does their car seat. The convertible car seat can be installed in both rear- and forward-facing positions, and is a great choice for parents looking to accommodate their child from the infant through toddler stage.

It is important to pay attention to the specific height and weight requirements on a convertible seat and choose one with a higher rear-facing range. When choosing your seat, consider the size of your car – a large-size convertible car seat may be a challenge to install in smaller cars!

Booster Car Seats

Combination booster seats give parents more bang for the buck as forward-facing car seats. They feature a forward-facing harnessed mode. The harness provides optimal safety, and it is important to keep your child in the harness mode to the maximum weight and height of the car seat. Look for a booster that allows them to remain in the harness as long as possible. Combination boosters can later be used as belt-positioning boosters with the vehicle’s seat belt. Because vehicle seat belts are designed for the average 5 foot 7 inch adult, the belt-positioning mode allows the seat belts to fit children correctly.

All-in-One Car Seats

If you are looking for something that will take your little one from the hospital straight through to their school-aged years, an All-in-One Car Seat is the ideal option. Dorel Juvenile is very excited to launch the Safety 1st UltraMax 360 Air 4-in-1 Car Seat, which is the only 4-in-1 car seat that features 360 Protect™ for 6 layers of proven safety, and extensive crash testing proves that these protection systems work. Not only has the UltraMax Air 360 exceeded U.S. safety standards, but it is also one of very few car seats to pass new European standards for rollover crashes.

IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER

Regardless of the seat you decide upon purchasing for your little, ensure it is properly installed by checking the cert.safekids.org site for a list of CPS Technicians near you.


Babies”R”Us  and Toys”R”Us are holding their Great Trade In Car Seat Event, September 9, 2016 through October 2, 2016. Rewards”R”Us members have early access from September 6 through September 8. This event is for customers to trade in possible unsafe, old and second-hand car seats in exchange for 25 percent off a new car seat. For more information please visitBabiesrus.com.

 

Featured image via Flickr by Intel Free Press

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