A high-quality car seat is just as essential as a high-quality baby crib. Finding the right car seat for your baby’s specific needs is important as well. As your baby gets older, there are different safety requirements that will have to be met.
Some car seats feature special safety for infants, while others focus on the safety needs of older children. Car seats are also available that can convert from an infant seat to an older baby’s car seat. This is a good option for parents who only want to purchase one car seat.
Safety Requirements: All babies must be properly strapped into an adequate car seat before leaving the hospital in most states. Infant seats have a five-point harness that comes across the front of the baby to strap them in. These infant car seats generally can hold an infant up to twenty pounds.
Infants need to be rear facing for the highest level of safety if an accident occurs. The old standard for rear facing car seats was until the child reached twenty pounds or one year of age. It is now recommended that children remain rear facing until they are at least two years old.
Comfort: It’s important that your baby is comfortable in his or her car seat, especially when your child spends a great deal of time in the car. Most infant car seats can be clipped into place using a base in the car, and taken in and out with ease. An added benefit of this feature is that you do not have to disturb a sleeping baby for transition, ensuring your infant’s comfort. A padded headrest can create comfort for your young infant because he or she cannot control his or her head position at this age. If you have an older baby—or one who is over twenty pounds—then choose a car seat with convenient accessories, like cup holders and easily adjustable straps.
Contact Baby Furniture Warehouse to learn about the different car seats and safety standards for car seats. We specialize in baby furniture in Boston. Call (781) 670-3175 or visit our website today.