A baby car seat is one of the most important things that parents should buy for their children, especially if they are using the car for long travels and brief rides.
That being said, choosing a car seat is not as easy as it seems as there are some important things to consider before purchasing one.
Aside from its build quality, it is important that you test the car seat first before purchasing. There are some stores that would allow this, but there are also those that may not- so choose wisely.
So, what are these important considerations when choosing a car seat?
1. Choose One that is Proven and Tested
You want to buy a car seat that has been tested rigorously for its safety. There are two regulations concerning this thing: the UNR 129-Size and the ECE R44. The former tests the car seat for its side impact and the latter is where the seat has been tested for both its rear and front-facing configurations for collision.
Once a car seat has been given the seal of approval, then you can rest assured that it stood some rigorous testing and should provide ample safety and security for your children.
2. Pick One that is Appropriate for Your Child’s Height and Age
Car seats are typically divided into three groups depending on the age of the child. There are baby car seats, regular car seats, and the high-back booster seats and they are grouped accordingly based on height and age requirements.
A baby car seat is perfect for newborns up to 2 years of age. It usually has a weight threshold and if your baby reaches this, it is time to buy them a much bigger seat.
A regular car seat is one that is appropriate for children age 15 months to 4 years (or longer, so long as they do not meet the weight threshold). Some seats in this category are convertible, meaning that you can use the rear-facing variant for newborns up to 2 years and you can use the front-facing one for children older than 2 years of age.
The High-back Booster Seats last the longest among the three and they can last either until your child reaches 12 years of age or if they reach the 135 cm height threshold- whichever comes first.
3. Secure and Quick Installation
There are different car seats in that they either use the new LATCH system or they would rely on the traditional ISOfix fixings. Refer to your car’s manual to know this information.
4. Choose a Comfortable One
Sure, you want your child to be safe on a car seat, but you also have to take into consideration its overall comfort as well. Take a look at things such as ample spacing for the legs, height adjustments, reclining features, and so on.
5. Side Impact Tested
Choose a car seat that has the UN R129 certification so that you will know that it has been tested for side impacts.