CarSeat Buying Guide{image source toysrus.com}

The perfect guide for helping you purchase a carseat for your child!

You want to keep your children as safe as possible on the road so purchasing the correct car seat is very important! You need to make sure that the seat you choose is best suited to their age, weight and height.

I would recommend staying away from second hand carseats as they can be very unsafe. Unless you are able to research it’s history I wouldn’t use it. I would also recommend looking for a car seat that can rear face as long as possible. Rear facing is recommended until  2 years of age but you can RF longer than that as well. It is the safest way!

When it comes to car seats there are 3 main types of car seats to consider: Infant car seats, convertible car seats and booster seats.

Infant Car Seats

Infant car seats are generally used from birth to 35lbs depending on the brand you purchase and the height of your baby. They are rear facing ONLY car seats. Never forward face an infant car seat. The safest place for your childs car seat is in the middle of the backseat! It should never be placed in the front seat where there are airbags. If the airbag was to deploy it could cause serious injury to your baby.

Convertible Car Seats

The convertiable car seats are bigger and heavier than your infant only seats. They can rear face once your baby is too big for the infant only car seat. Depending on the brand that you purchase you can rear face from 5-40lbs and up to 50″ tall. Make sure you check your car seat manual for the weight limit. You can always forward face them depending on the brand of carseat up to 65lbs. Again make sure to check your manual for your carseats weight limit.

What I loved about the convertible car seats is that your child can stay in a 5 point harness generally up to about 65lbs. The 5 point harness is much safer than just a regular seatbelt! I would recommend keeping your child in the 5 point harness to the weight limit your manual states. I purchased the Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 Car Seat for my son. We love it!

If you purchase a convertible 3 in 1 seat then your child will be able to stay in the seat up to 100lbs.(Check your manual for weight limits) Some 3 in 1 car seats are forward facing only so be sure to check that if you child is still too young to be forward facing.

Booster Seats

When your child outgrows the convertible seat, it is time for them to move to a booster seat. Booster seats use the cars seat belt and are meant for children 4 and older that weigh 40lbs or more. Make sure that the seat belt fits your child properly in his/her booster seat. The proper way for the seatbelt is low and flat on tops of the thighs/hips. If the lap belt rides up on your childs stomach they could suffer injury during an accident.

The law states that children should ride in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old AND 4ft 9in tall! Check your local laws as your car seat laws could differ.

Car Seat Buying{Image Source TheCarSeatLady.com}

What carseat have you purchased for your child{ren}? We would love for you to share with us in the comments!

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