Of all of the items you purchase for baby, a car seat is arguably one of the most important. Your child will get a good deal of use out of it, as you bring baby on errands and to doctor’s appointments, so you'll want to make sure that the seat you choose is both safe and practical.
Looking at the options in the car seat aisle or online can be very overwhelming. Here's what you need to know.
1. Choose the Correct Type
When choosing car seats, you have a few options. Rear-facing infant car seats are very convenient because they simply click in and out of a base in the car, allowing you to easily transport a sleeping baby without moving him or her. Unfortunately, however, babies grow out of them very quickly. Convertible seats can change from rear-facing to forward-facing when ready, and all-in-one seats can go from rear-facing to forward-facing to booster, but both stay installed in the car.
2. Choose the Right Size
Not all car seats fit in all cars. If your car is roomy, you won't have to worry about size. If your car is small or if you will be transporting several people at the same time, you'll want to look for a slimmer option.
3. Read the Reviews
As you are car seat shopping, it is absolutely essential that you read online reviews. Honest reviewers will point out all sorts of features and drawbacks that you would never have even thought to look for. From belts that are hard to tighten to seats that are difficult to install reviewers will let you know where the problems lie.
4. Purchase with Confidence
Once you've determined your ideal car seat type and found one that gets rave reviews, you are ready to buy! Buy with confidence knowing that you did an awesome job keeping your little one safe. And if you want a second opinion, be sure to stop by your local pediatrician to discuss your decision, and get further advice!