It is very important to get the right convertible car seat for your little one since the safety of the child is precarious when you just do away by placing the child in a so-called ‘comfortable’ positing while travelling in a car.
A sure-fire way of keeping your child off the hospital is to get a good convertible car seat that will keep the little one not just safe, but also comfortable and cheerful during the travel. Here is a list of what to look for when shopping for a safe convertible car seat:
- Infant Seat versus Convertible Car Seat: An infant seat is a movable car seat that can be very convenient when you want to move a sleeping baby out of the car, but it lasts only for one year. The advantage of the convertible car seat is that it can be reversed till the child grows into a toddler, and can then be turned around towards the front and re-installed. So, this kind of a convertible seat lasts for a good 2 to 3 years easily.
- JPMA Stamp: Make sure you look for a JPMA stamp. This is an organization that updates safety technology, rules and standards of child safety regularly. If the product you pick has a JPMA stamp, you can be sure that it complies with the highest standards of safety.
- Do Not Shop At Thrift Shops Or Garage Sales: Using a hand-me-down convertible car seat is not going to be very safe as the used seat would have out dated standards of safety and may not necessarily be clean enough (especially if it has fabric seats) for your child.
- Adjustable straps:You will need adjustable straps so you can accommodate the baby as he/she grows into the toddlerhood. There are convertible car seats that require re-threading, which can be quite painful so look for ones that can be adjusted with adjustable handles at the back of the seat or a pull chord that is placed between the child’s legs.
What to Look for in Budget Convertible Car Seats?
These low-end seats are priced between $80 and $200. Pick up a model that meets the 5 point harness which are two waist straps, two shoulder straps, and one strap between the legs that meet at the middle, side impact protection (air pads or extra foams placed at the side of the child’s head) and LATCH system (a method of fastening the base as lightly as required without the usage of bulky and uncomfortable seatbelts)
What To Look For In High End Convertible Car Seats?
These premium car seats are usually priced above $200. They have amazing additional features for safety such as anti-rebound bar placed at the foot. This limits the movement of the feet in case of a crash. They are more comfortable since cushier fabric is used. They also come with a large canopy and have a little boot space around the child’s feet.
Once you’ve bought a convertible car seat that fulfils all the above requirements, insist on an installation expert to come and help you install it for you.