Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to buy a car seat

Car seats are so important for babies and young kids. You can't leave the hospital with your newborn without one. Not only is it for safety, it's also the law. When you are expecting a baby, you can easily get overwhelmed with all the cute stuff you can buy. There are tons of different car seats, so many brands. It seems like every store sells car seats too. It's important to shop around to find a good deal. Here are some things to consider when you are purchasing a car seat:

Safety is number one. 5 point harness car seats are the best. They are available for both infants and children. There are also three point harness car seats but having the extra harnesses makes it safer in an accident.

You also have to consider the type of car seat you want. There are special infant seats that double as a carrier. Babies also can use car seats that completely stay in the car. Infant carriers are more convenient because you can just carry your sleeping baby instead of taking baby out of the seat.

Different types of car seats have different weight limits. Infant carriers only go to 20 pounds. Some convertible car seats go up to 55 pounds. If you don't mind waking your sleeping baby that may be more economical.

Car seats come in all price ranges. Decide on how much you want to spend. Some can't afford to spend $200 for a car seat. You can get one for around $70. Just because it is more expensive doesn't mean that it's better or safer. You could be just paying for the brand name.

Always buy new. You can get other things used for your baby, but please buy a new car seat. Car seats expire.  You also don't know if it's been in an accident or how it was treated. Once a car seat has. Been in an accident, it needs to be replaced. Buying new assures that the car seat is in good condition. Looks can be deceiving. It could also be recalled.

Do your research before buying. Search it online. Read reviews and compare safety features. Ask friends and family for recommendations. You should also go to the car seat website and see what the rating of the seat is.

I hope this helps you choose a car seat. You can usually find them at big box stores like Walmart and Target. Baby stores also carry them but can be more expensive even on sale. Hopefully, this takes out some of the stress of what to look for. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy.

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