A drive, especially a long one, with your naughty baby is nerve-racking so a baby car seat is of utmost importance. This may be a common item for car owners with babies but there are still many others who have no idea how to buy one. This Parenting Domain post aims to guide you in looking for and buying the best baby car seat.
What to Look For in Buying Baby Car Seat
What should I look for in a baby car seat? What makes them safe? What works best for my baby? If you find yourself asking these questions, then you might want to read the following guidelines:
1. Types – there are two types of car seats for newborn babies. There are infant carriers and convertible seats.
You can use the infant carrier for about a year. It fastens into a base in your car but the carrier can be removed and latched into a stroller. One advantage to using this type is that you don’t have to transfer your baby from one carrier in your car to another. Transition from car to stroller is convenient.
If you prefer this, you need to make sure that your carrier is a good fit to your stroller.
You also need to pick a carrier with comfortable handle so you won’t injure your hands when carrying a bigger and heavier baby. If you only take a cab, find a carrier that you can use even without a base.
The convertible type is always in your car. You will need to buckle and unbuckle your baby, and transfer him from one carrier to another. The good thing is that you can use this carrier even the baby is a lot bigger. This is a good choice if you will use the same car for a long time. This option saves you a lot of money in the long run.
2. Head and neck safety – babies can’t support their head and neck yet so you need to find a baby car seat with a head insert.
If you are using an attachment, please make sure that it’s the same as your carrier’s brand to ensure a good fit. If the head insert is not enough, add blankets to support your baby’s head.
3. Straps and buckle – a 5-point harness is a necessary feature. There should be two shoulder straps, two straps for the waist, and one in between the legs. Straps should not be difficult to adjust. The buckle should just easily snap. As for the fit of the straps, you need to do the pinch test. If you can still pinch the straps even when you have adjusted it, it means that it is not tight enough for your baby.
4. Protection from impact – does the baby car seat have foam that can protect your baby from a strong impact? Does the seat have deep side walls, and extra foam at the side of the head for extra support for the head and neck? Do a research on a carrier before making a purchase. You might unearth some claims or complaints about them.
5. Comfort – is it soft and relaxing? Can your baby sleep soundly? Is it comfortable for your baby? Touch the fabric, feel the foam, and inspect the car seat.
6. Second hand or brand new – plastic’s life span is 6 years. After that, it can become very fragile. This is very important to know if you are accepting a hand-me-down baby car seat.
If you do decide to accommodate the second hand seat, make sure that it is from someone that you know and trust.
This is important because you need to know how the owner before you used the seat. Was the seat heavily used and abused? For the same reason, you should not consider buying a second hand one.
You also need to check for the date of manufacturing, model number, and label for instructions.
7. Added features – if you have enough to spare, you can buy a baby car seat with extra features such as anti-rebound bar. This bar keeps the amount of movement to a minimum during a car crash.
We hope that you got a thing or two from our baby car seat buying guide. If you have more to add, please let us know through the comments section. Thanks!