Choosing the best car seat is a tough one especially if you don’t know what exactly you want your car to have. In my personal experience, I did had a hard time choosing the best one.. know why??? Because I didn’t know the type of seat will best suit my car.

For you to know there are several types of car seats and all of them have different configuration. The first thing you need to consider is what the right seat is for you…. (For me it should be comfortable, soft and have good material) but then to mothers driving along with their children it’s a different case. The first thing that they consider is whether the car seat is suitable for their children.

Here are the basics about the different types of seats and some of their features:

  • Rear-facing infant-only seat This type of seat has a handle that allow you to take the seated infant with you, and then snap the seat into either a frame or stroller. There are several models which has a detachable base that stays in the car which allows you to easily snap the car seat in without fooling around with the seatbelt. REMEMBER that it is very important that the seat is positioned correctly to protect the infant. The desired angle for seat suitable for infants is 45 degrees. That is why there are some seats come with angle indicators and built-in angle adjusters. Also look for harness adjusters and head support systems.
  • Convertible seat this type of car seat can face rearward or forward. This is suitable for toddlers weighing 20 to 40 pounds there are some models that go up to 65 pounds. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you should keep your child rear-facing until he is at least one year old and has reached the highest weight or height allowed by the seat’s manufacturer (refer to the manual).
  • Combination seat, which can be used with a harness or as a booster. It has the capacity to hold children ranging at least one year old and from 20 to 100 pounds. The weigh that this type of seat can carry varies from different model. Sometimes called toddler/booster seats, these forward-facing seats can change from a five-point harness to a belt-positioning booster seat.
  • Booster seats. Will hold a child from 30-100 pounds, depending on the model. REMEMBER: Children should not move from a full harness to a booster seat until they reach the top weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. High-back boosters are used in cars without a head rest or high seat back. They are also a good idea if your child always fall asleep in the seat, or if the seatbelt still doesn’t fit properly with a backless booster. WARNING: Avoid shield boosters altogether.Built-in (Integrated) Seats. In models like Volvos and Chrysler/Dodge minivans offer built-in booster or child seats as factory options. This definitely makes life easier, though you need to check carefully with the manufacturer to see what weight, age and height limitations exist

Aside from the type of seat, there are other factors to be considered.

Will the seat grow with your child? What are the manufacturer’s limits for a child’s height and weight? Make sure that if you choose a car seat… it should have a higher weight limit.

Will it fit in your current or future car? Here’s a few tips you have to consider before deciding to buy a new seat.

  • Is the seat bottom flat enough to allow the car seat to fit snugly?
  • Do the belts allow you to secure your child’s seat properly?
  • Is there enough clearance for rear-facing seats in the backseat?
  • Is there enough legroom for older kids in front-facing seats, or will they always be kicking the back of your seat?
  • To be sure a car seat will fit properly in your vehicle, try installing it before you buy it.
  • Bear in mind that the third-row seat of any vehicle is extremely difficult for any adult to get to, and is best left to the booster seat crowd if possible.
  • Make sure that the seat is easy to use.

After you already have decided what type of seat you want, install it.

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