When you find out you are expecting, many scenarios and questions may run through your mind. What will he/she look like? Will I be a good parent? Is my baby going to be healthy and happy? There are some questions that are difficult to answer, but one thing that you do have some control over is your child’s safety. One of the most important purchases that you will make for your child is their first car seat.
There are many options when choosing this vital piece of baby care equipment, here are some to take into consideration:
One thing to keep in mind when making this purchase is your lifestyle. Some car seats are made narrow to fit nicely in compact vehicles. This is something to look into especially if you have other car seats or a small car. Not all car seats will fit in every car so look into trying it out before you purchase.
When purchasing a car seat, look for a model that has a 5-point harness. This should include two shoulder straps, two leg straps, and one strap between the legs. Another tip is to avoid buying a used car seat that has been in an accident. The safety features may be compromised after impact and affect the safety of the seat. Car seat safety also includes knowing how to correctly install the seat in your vehicle.
3) New or used
A new baby is expensive and will require lots of gear. There is always the option to buy a used car seat for your little one. There are some things to keep in mind. Do not buy models that are over six years old. Safety standards change and you want to stay current. Also, look for seats that have a model number and a manual included.
Buying first car seats can be a nerve-wracking experience. There is quite the range of models in many price ranges. Luckily, there are plenty of quality choices that are perfectly safe in any budget. There are safety regulations in place that make sure that car seats are produced safely. Often, when you pay a higher price, you are paying for extras.
There are some features which some parents don’t want to live without when it comes to car seats. The latest models have cup holders, reclining seats and arm rests among other cool extras. There is also the option of buying an infant or convertible car seat. A convertible can be used as a front facing seat when the child is old enough to face forwards.
Picking out items for a new baby can be overwhelming. Keeping in mind these tips should make researching and purchasing a new car seat a little easier. Enjoy the time that you have with your new infant and breathe easier knowing that you have taken measures to keep your baby safe and happy while travelling.
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