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The old adage “don’t leave home without it” certainly applies to child safety car seats as much as it does anything else. When you become a new parent, buying a car seat that provides comfort and safety for your child is one of the most important items you will ever buy for your newborn. Your child will be riding in a child car seat for several years, so you need to buy a seat that will last until they reach the age and weight when it will no longer be needed. This article presents Eight (8) important facts about child safety car seats you may want to consider.
1. In the United States, all 50 states and Washington DC have laws that require infants and children to travel in approved child safety seats fitting certain criteria based on age, weight, and height.
2. Most states also require car booster seats for children who have outgrown their car seats but have not reached the age, weight or height to safely use a regular seat belt. The criteria for which seat belts can be used instead of car seats also differ among various states.
3. Most hospitals will not release a newborn to go home unless you have proof of an authorized car seat in your car. Finding a car safety seat for your baby shouldn’t be much of a problem however, as you can find them at most large discount retailers, drug stores, and just about anywhere else baby supplies are sold.
4. No child seat is safe unless it is installed properly in your car. Make sure you read the directions carefully and follow them. Never put a safety seat in the front passenger side of the car. This is because the airbags could injure the child on impact should the air bag inflate in an accident. If there is a rear airbag near the seat, you may have to disable it to protect your newborn.
5. An infant seat needs to be shaped in a manner that it protects the child securely and completely. There are inserts you can buy to ‘hug’ the newborn until they grow into their seat.
6. One type of seat – the convertible seat – can be adjusted as your child grows. This fortunately allows you to use the seat for a longer amount of time before needing to buy a booster seat.
7. If your budget is tight, you can find used car seats that are like brand new at thrift stores or online for a very reasonable price. A new seat is obviously the best way to go, but if in a pinch for funds, a gently used one will serve the purpose.
8. Are you having a baby shower? If so, you may get one as a gift. Be sure to register in the baby gift registry at the department store or baby supply store and let your shower guests know where you are registered. A safety car seat is an item that people can chip in on and buy it as a group gift.
Finally, congratulations on your new baby and the decision to use a child safety seat for ultimate protection. Look online for deals or go to your local big box department store or baby supply store. Plan ahead so you have the seat ready to go on the blessed day you bring your baby home.
Most parents understand the importance of using the car seat belts on themselves and on their children. Parents are responsible for their kids’ safety while they are driving and it is there sole responsibility to ensure that the wee ones have their safety belts on and well secured. Statistics show that each and every year thousands of children get injured or lose their lives in car crashes. If the safety belts are used well then your precious ones become safer. There are very many types of car seat safety belts and it is very easy for the parent to be overwhelmed. But if you take the time to keenly learn what they need then they will have an easier time selecting.
There are seat belts for the babies and rear-facing convertible seats. It is a rule that babies should ride rear-facing up to the age of one and should weigh at least 20 pounds. Toddlers have convertible seats and the same rule about facing the rear while riding applies. This usually prevents or reduces impact in case of an accident. There are booster seats for older girs and boys who have outgrown their forward facing car seats. The booster seat is used because they can not fit in the adult seats well. Usually they are meant to use them till they are about 4 feet,9 inches and are between 8 and 12 years of age. The older children should use the normal car seats.
There are a few things you should consider when shopping for car safety seats. There are no seats any safer than others. The safety level depends on how well the child fits in the seat; it should be correctly installed. The seat should fit well in the car and be easy to use every time you are driving. It is advisable not to decide on the car safety seat by the price alone because most people tend to think that the more expensive something is the more efficient or the better the quality.
When selecting a safety seat, it is good to avoid used or old seats especially if the history of the seat is not available. Seats that are too old should be avoided because they might not be at an optimum state. You should look at the label for the date of manufacture and find out how long it is recommended to use it. It should not have any visible cracks on it. If the seat does not have a label with the date of manufacture and the model number then you will not know if it is in a batch that was recalled.
A seat should come with instructions and guidelines because they help you to know how to use the seat properly. The seat should not be missing any parts because are all very necessary; there are reasons why the seat has those parts. This includes the spare parts because in case of damage, then it can be repaired. It is advisable to use these safety belts for the safety of the children and even the driver.
Picking a car seat for your new infant is one of the most critical choices you will make for your child’s early safety. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a properly installed child safety car seat in a passenger car can reduce the risk of fatal injury to infants by 71 percent, and to toddlers by 54 percent. In fact, many states and provinces insist that children be transported in an appropriate car seat. Check your local regulations before choosing a car seat, and be aware that you may need to purchase more than one car seat to meet your child’s needs as he or she grows.
Car seat retailers offer a variety of car seat choices in different price points. As long as the car seat meets with the governing regulations, it will be safe (even budget models) – although there are different car seat styles and perks that may influence your decision on which car seat model to purchase.
The term car seat can refer to an infant-only car seat, an infant/child car seat, or an infant/child/booster car seat. An infant car seat is rear facing, and has height and weight restrictions of approximately 26 inches or 20 lbs; your car seat manual will provide specific restrictions. Your infant car seat can be installed permanently in your vehicle, or used as a removable carrier with a car seat base – a popular option for parents adjusting to life with a fragile new baby. Infant/child car seats can be used in a rear-facing position for infants, and in forward-facing mode for toddlers. The infant/child/booster car seat is used for older children who are not yet tall enough to use an adult seatbelt safely.
All three car seat configurations are available in most department stores, including discount retailers. It’s a good idea to compare the features of each car seat before deciding on a particular car seat model.
Here are some tips to finding a great car seat:
- Look for a car seat with a small ‘footprint’ to ensure a proper fit in compact vehicles;
- Car seat covers come in a variety of fabrics. Dark colors hide stains well and work well for both boys and girls;
- Many car seat packages include accessories like toys and cup holders. Ensure these extras are worth the higher price the car seat is likely to command;
- Purchasing a ‘travel system’ with car seat and coordinating stroller tends to be less expensive than buying both pieces separately. This may be good value if you need both a car seat and a stroller.
It is also possible to buy a used car seat, although this should be done with caution to avoid buying a car seat that is too old (they have an expiry date), or one that has been damaged in an accident.