Friday, 24 April 2009

Common questions

Q: What if my baby weighs more than 20 pounds but is not yet 1 year old ?
A:Use a seat that can be used rear-facing by children who weigh more than 20 pounds and keep your baby rear-facing as long as possible into the second year of life, or at least until he has reached his first birthday.

Q: What do I do if my baby slouches down or to the side in his car safety seat?
A: Pad around your child (never under or behind) with rolled-up cloth diapers or blankets. Do not use any sort of car safety seat insert unless it came with the seat or was made by the manufacturer of the seat.

Q: Can I adjust the straps when my baby is wearing thicker clothing, like in the winter?
A: Yes, but make sure the harnesses are still snug. Also remember to tighten the straps again after the thicker clothes are no longer needed. Dress your baby in thinner layers instead of a bulky coat or snowsuit, and tuck a blanket around your baby over the buckled harness straps if needed.

Q: Are rear-facing convertible seats OK to use for preemies?
A: Premature infants should be tested while still in the hospital to make sure they can ride safely in a reclined position. Babies who need to lie flat during travel should ride in a crash-tested car bed. Very small infants who can ride safely in a reclined position usually fit better in infant-only seats; however, if you need to use a convertible seat, choose one without a tray-shield harness. The shields often are too big and too far from the body to fit correctly.

Types of car safety seats at a glance

The chart below is a quick guide on where to start your search. However, it’s important to read more about the features and how to use your car safety seat.

Age Type of Baby Car Seat Sale
General Guideline
Infants baby car seats sale and rear-facing convertible seats All infants should always ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.
Toddlers/Preschoolers Convertible seats It is best to ride rear-facing as long as possible. Children 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds can ride forward-facing.
School-aged children Booster seats sale
Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward-facing car safety seats. Children should stay in a booster seat until adult belts fit correctly (usually when a child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age).
Older children Seat belts Children who have outgrown their booster seats should ride in a lap and shoulder belt in the back seat until 13 years of age.

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Top 8 Convertible Car Seats

A convertible car seat can be used both rear-facing for infants and forward-facing for babies at least one year of age and 20 pounds. Weight ranges vary on these seats, so consider the height and weight of your child before purchasing a car seat. All car seats sold in the U.S. meet minimum safety standards, but based on my experiences as a child passenger safety technician, as well as the experiences of other techs, these car seats are easy to install in many vehicles, hold up well over time and are easy to adjust for proper harness fit.

1. Britax Boulevard Convertible Car Seat

2. The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat

3. Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat

4. Fisher Price Safe Voyage Convertible Car Seat

5. Sunshine Kids Radian 65 Folding Convertible Car Seat

6. Evenflo Triumph Advance Convertible Car Seat

7. Cosco Scenera 5-Point Harness Convertible Car Seat

8. Britax Decathlon Convertible Car Seat