Confused? Worried, that your baby is arriving soon and you still haven’t got any idea what type of car seat should you buy for him?
Don’t worry, it is usual for the first-time parent. it mostly happens that they bring the stuff that doesn’t match with the baby’s age. Not just first-time parents but most people make this mistake. and it isn’t their fault.
This just happens because of a lot of similarities and a little difference between the car seats. But now, I am here to make clear that little difference, so that the parents won’t find any difficulty in choosing the right seat for their children.
In this article, I’m gonna give you all the information about the car seats, their types, and the right ages for them. So must read it till the end
What is a Car Seat?
Before reaching to its type, let’s make sure to know what really is a car seat? Is it a car seat are you looking for or a booster seat?
The two terms are often taken as the same, but there is a difference in them. We’ll talk about the booster later, but first, make clear the concept of car seat.
A car seat often known as the child safety seat is the one that uses five- or three-point harnesses to protect the child against the severe injuries from accidents.A car seat is usually meant for babies and toddlers.
The law requires you to use a car seat from birth until your child outgrows it. You are not permitted to take the baby home until and unless you have a baby seat installed in your car.
Types of Car Seat
A car seat usually has three basic types depending upon the age of babies. The three types are rear-facing, forward-facing and convertible car seats. Let’s take a look at each of them.
Rear Facing Car Seat or Infant Car Seat
Rear-facing car seat often known as the infant car seat. This car seat is usually meant for the newborns and the babies. It is considered the safest way for babies to travel. Rear-facing car seat is best for the protection of head and spinal injuries.
Usually, the rear-facing seats are easier to install than any other type because they often come with a base, you can leave the base in the car and you just have to click the seat in and out of the car.
Hence, you don’t have to install it every time you use it. The rear-facing seats come with a carrying handle, so you can also use them as a baby carrier.
Age and weight restrictions
The weight limitation of a rear-facing car is 27.5 lbs. and a baby should be sitting in his rear-facing car seat until he is 2.
But according to AAP and NHTSA, a baby should be sitting in a rear-facing seat for the 4 years of his life or until the age recommended by the manufactures.
It is always recommended to leave your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible or until the legroom for the babies in rear-facing car seat start to decrease.
Forward Facing Car Seat or Toddler Car Seat
Forward-facing or the toddler’s car seat is used by the toddlers because they outgrow the infant car seat.
Forward-facing seats, not safer than rear-facing seats, but safe enough to protect your child against all the severe possible injuries during accidents.
The best way to restrain your child in a forward-facing car seat is to place him on the back seat but there will be no problem if you placed the baby seat on the front of the car as there will be airbags in the front that may save him from a car crash.
Not offers you as easy installation as the former does but does provide you with the safest installation you would be needing for your baby.
They often provide the latch system for their installation, but you can also thread the car seat belt through the forward-facing belt path.
Age and weight restrictions
Mostly, forward-facing car seats are used by the toddlers and preschoolers the age 2 to 4 and even 6 years old can sit in the forward-facing car seat.
A child who weighs up to 40 to 60 is suitable for sitting in the forward-facing car seat.
Convertible or infant + Toddler Car Seat
This type is much better than both of the above as it can be used in both ways, it can be used as an infant car when your baby is a newborn or of the age 2.
After that, you can switch it to the toddler mode when your child grows bigger. The main advantage is that you don’t have to buy the two seats separately, it is the best way to save money.
Installation is really easy just like the first one, you can click the seat in and out of the base in the car.
Some of them also offer the installation the same as the forward-facing, in which you would have to buckle it up with a seat belt every time.
Age and weight restrictions
As these seats are 2 in 1, it means that they can be switched from infant mode to toddler mode, so, the age recommendation would be newborn to 6 years old and the baby should weigh 44 lbs. or less.
Now let’s come to a booster seat. Just like the two mentioned above. this one is also used for the same purpose i.e protection of babies.
The main difference between car seats and booster seats is that booster seats are meant for much older kids like early teenagers that are 13 years old.
While the car seats are meant for smaller babies and toddlers. The booster seat contains no harnesses that why a kid sitting in the booster is restrained by the car’s seatbelt.
Unlike the car seats, booster seats are not installed in the car by latch system or tether. Instead, the car seat-belt restrains both the seat and the kid. That’s why booster seats are considered to be less safe than
the car seats.
Age and weight recommendation
Because the booster seats do not provide the same safety as the car seats do. So, it should be kept in mind that a toddler must not be sitting in the booster seat.
Kids sitting in a booster seats must be at least 13 years old and not less. And the child sitting in the booster seat must not weigh less than 100 pounds.
Types of Booster Seats
Further, the booster seat has its further two types:
High back Booster Seat
This booster seat contains a back and head support that protects the kids from any head and spinal injury. High back booster seat is much safer than the backless booster seat.
Backless Booster Seat
Backless booster seat has no back support to protect the head and neck. Some high back seats also include an option to remove the back support.
The backless booster seat is not safe and is mostly not recommended. This is because it sometimes proves to be insecure during the crashes.
Importance of Car Seats
Nowadays, car accidents and car crashes are the leading causes of deaths, especially in children.
Our children are our future, their safety, and their lives matter the most. There is nothing important to us than the safety of our young generations.
Car seats are the best way to protect the lives of children when they are traveling in the car. Car seat prevents the kids from many crash injuries like spinal, head, back, hips, abdominal and tors injuries.
Make sure that you are not using the car seats that have expired. They can cause a lot of damage. To know when and how a car seat expires must visit this website.
In this article, I have provided you with all the information about the car seats that I hold.
You know how a car seat differs from a booster seat. and how many types of car seats exits. And which car seat is best for your child’s age.
Now you will be able to choose the right seat for your baby, whether if he is going to born or is a toddler or already a teenager.
As I have already said that nothing matters the most than the future of our children. So never compromise on the safety of your child and never travel without a car seat.
No one knows when the bad time comes. Also, it is against the law. That’s why you are much likely to be fined if you are traveling without a car seat.
I hope that my article proved to be of some help to you. So, good luck and make a safe decision for your little one. I’m sure you will.