There are some infant seats that double as a carrier for your
convenience. But if you are buying one of those it is better to buy one that has
a base that sets permanently to your car. It is easier to just put the
carrier into the base instead of always needing to make adjustments
that could compromise the safety of your baby.
Also, since Sept of 2002 all child safety seats and cars are required
to be compatible with the LATCH system. A system designed to make the
installation of car seats easier.
Another thing you may wish to think about is the restraints for both
baby and the seat itself. A five-point harness is safer and much more
adjustable than a T-bar restraint. Better car seats allow you to
adjust the car's safety belt from the front.
Something else to consider when buying a car seat, is how
padded it is and if it's got a washable covering you can remove. Your
baby's comfort is important to you and the padding should be thick enough
to be comfortable. Since it's impossible to avoid a mess when you have a
baby, having a removable and washable covering is a blessing.
Car seats vary in price. They start usually in the $50 - $60
range but there are some that can be expensive. Some of the top models are
Graco SnugRide (approx.$65 -$150), Baby Trend Flex-Loc (approx.$80)
and Chicco KeyFit 30 (approx.$170).
Shop around to find the best baby car seats for your baby, your car,
and your budget. You can also buy a used seat, although it's not
recommended. If you do buy used, make sure the seat hasn't been through too
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