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Infant Car Seats

What you need to consider when looking for a car seat

There are a lot of things that you should consider when you are looking at infant car seats. One of the first things you should know is that buying for an infant and buying for a toddler are different..

The infant seats are better shaped to hold a baby under 20 lbs and offer better support. There are convertible seats that go from infant to toddler, but for better safety, just a baby car seat is best. You can always upgrade to a toddler seat when the time comes.

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 many rough rides and the restraints are all in good shape. Infant Car Seats There are alot of things that you should consider when you're buying an infant car seat. One of the first things you...

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