Carseat buying can be an overwhelming process. There are so many to choose from, yet they are all basically the same. So, where do we differentiate which one we should choose? Our tips focus on safety, comfort, and personal preference.
First and foremost, safety is the most important deciding factor when making a decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends rear-facing your child until the age of two or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. A rear-facing child restraint does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash. During an impact, a rear-facing seat distributes the force of the collision over the entire body.
You want your child to be comfortable, but don’t forget that it is important for you to be comfortable too.Take time to read reviews on what other parents like or don’t like about a specific seat. Take all their advice into consideration when making a purchase. Some comfort measures can inhibit safety, so it is important that the comfort measures you desire are built into the carseat. Try and avoid aftermarket products that aren’t made specifically for your child’s seat.
Don’t forget to pick out something you like! Personal preference is important because you will most likely own this item for at least two years. That is a long time to hate the color or pattern on the carseat. When in doubt, stick with neutral colors and patterns.
Buying your child's first carseat doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Just remember to focus on safety, comfort, and preference! Be on the lookout soon for a more detailed summary of car seat safety. These blogs will include: proper installation of the carseat, buckling in your child, and extended rear-facing your child.