Best Baby Car Seats

Written by Norene Anderson
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Baby car seats become a part of the life of a child from the first trip home from the hospital. All 50 states require child restraint during travel. The safety guidelines are specific about the type of car seat to use and how it must be attached to the vehicle seat. You should do your homework before the arrival and have plenty of time to choose the car seat that best fits your need.

The best baby car seat will fit the vehicle seat snugly and it will buckle in securely. There are weight limits on car seats. Before you buy, you need to determine how you plan to accommodate for growth. If you buy an infant size, you will need an infant-toddler seat as the infant grows. The infant seat is for babies up to 26 inches in length and 22 pounds. The main feature in this seat is the design for head and neck support.

Buy the Best Baby Car Seats

The seat designed for infant to toddler conversion can be used for infants up to about 20 pounds and then it is converted to accommodate infants or toddlers between 20 and 40 pounds. This seat can be changed from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat. This type of seat will last until the baby is approximately one year old.

The type of restraint is very important to consider. The infant seat has either a three-point or a five-point harness. The five-point harness secures at the shoulders, between the legs, and at the hips. The three-point harness does not secure the hips. The convertible seat offers three restraint choices. A five-point harness has two straps at the shoulders, one at the crotch, and two at the hips. The three-point with T-shield uses a T-shaped center to bring the straps together. A third option is the three-point harness with an overhead shield. Each method has specific guidelines to buckle your baby properly and safely.

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