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Published on: 28 Feb 2017 by robinmilford

Choosing the right car seat for your first child

Within the area ofchild safety systems, car seats are a major necessity – and choosing the rightone for your child can be difficult, especially for new parents with no priorknowledge in how to pick the right car seat. Not only this, but new parents areoften overly protective of their first child. This makes choosing a car seatjust another anxiety producing event - but it doesn’t have to be.

The car is one of themost vulnerable places for a child to be in. In case of an accident, it’s onlynature to want to ensure that your child is as protected as possible, and thebest way to ensure this is to choose a car seat that is suitable for you andyour car.

Thanks to theinternet, picking a car seat is now easier than ever. We have access to aplethora of information and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of aparticular car seat has never been easier.

Use the following informationto guide you in deciding on a car seat for your child that is right for you.

 1.The typeof car you own

The right car seat isdifferent for every parents, and a major reason for this is due to the type ofcar they own. This is because certain types of car seats are more suitable forcertain types of cars than others.

Generally, if a carseat is suitable for use in a smaller car, it will be advertised in this way.This can make it tricky to choose a car seat that is the right fit, but you cangenerally assume if it isn’t advertised in this way then it is more suitable fora larger car.

Having said this, itis never a good idea pick a small carseat for a larger car. This can create problems if an accident is occurs due tothe presence of too much open space - creating a comfortable but secure spacefor your child is the aim.

 

2.Your child’smeasurements

One of the mostdifficult know is how to pick the right car seat from birth as children come inall shapes and sizes and can grow at different rates. This is one of thereasons I suggest a convertible car seat – you can use the best convertible car seat inboth the rear and forward facing positions making it suitable from birth totoddlerhood.

If your child is older,try and pick the largest car seat you can find that allows you to place it rearfacing. This is because rear facing seats are the safest option for allchildren, and the longer you can have your child rear facing the better.

Of course, once yourchild reach’s a certain size - generally 48-50 inches in height - a boosterseat is a more appropriate option and one that will be longer lasting.

 3.The brandof the car seat

It goes without sayingthat some brands are more suitable than others - due simply to their reputationto provide high quality car seats. This brings with it some level of comfort -especially for new parents who are anxious about choosing a safe car seat.

A brand thatspecializes in car seats, such as Britax, can be ideal – but there are manyother car seat brands for you to choose from that are trusted to providequality.

The brand you dochoose will also determine the guarantee/warranty that the car seat offers,adding another layer of comfort. In case an issue does occur, you want to besure that it will be promptly dealt with.

This also leads ontothe next point…

4.Ensureyour car seat is certified for the US/ your state

One of the risks ofbuying a car seat online is whether the car seat is certified for the US. Thisis actually very important – not only is it dangerous for your child to be in abelow par safety standard car seat, but it is illegal and could get you intoserious trouble.

Buy a car seat that ismanufactured by a US established brand and you’ll avoid the potential problems aninternational car seat may cause. You can check the safety requirements ofyour state here.

 Don’t forget to also choose a car seat thatsuits your individual style by considering patterns and colors – choosing a carseat does not have to be entirely boring, have fun with it.

 

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