I wanted the best with my first kid. And with the baby market as big as it is, sifting through all the car seat possibilities made my head spin. I mean, have you ever read the forums about car seat safety? They will make your eyes cross. Before I made my decision I read consumer reports, crash test results, my state laws on car seat positioning and weight limits. I was confused about convertible car seat vs. infant only seats. Which was best? What should I get?
We were on a budget so I also considered buying a seat second hand but then I worried about consumer honesty and scoured over recall lists. Basically I was a big ball of worry about my car seat decision. Typical first time mom, I know.
So I talked with a friend of mine who had already been through it and she calmed me down. She directed me here, to a site with great information about how to choose, install and place a child into a car seat. I ended up deciding on a seat and I felt educated and secure in my decision.
Some basic recommendations to follow are these (source):
· Select a car seat based on your child's age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
· Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer's instructions; read the vehicle owner's manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
· To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer's height and weight requirements.
· Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
Where you happy with your car seat choice? What car seat do you use? Would you use it again?
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