It can be a matter of concern to travel with your little ones. While nothing will totally take away your fears about safety of your little one, a car seat will provide peace of mind while travelling.
Here’s what to consider when you are looking for buying a car seat-
Primarily a newborn can be put into two kinds of car seat- An infant car seat & a convertible car seat
Infant car seat / carriers are generally good for about year and function as an entire travel system: They latch into a base that stays in your car and can also be snapped into (onto) specific strollers or stroller frames. (If you decide to go this route, make sure your carrier is compatible with your stroller.) This means when you’re out with baby, there’s no need to unbuckle and buckle (and risk waking up a sleeping baby). For suburban families who use both the car and stroller frequently, this is generally the way to go. Look for a handle that’s comfortable for carrying –this becomes more and more important the older (and bigger) baby gets.
Convertible seats simply stay in the car. You’ll have to snap baby in and out every time and there’s no carrying option or separate base, but the advantage is they can be used much later into babyhood. If you’re looking to save money and will generally be using the same car, this is a good option. The best thing about convertible car seats is that they grow with the baby. It’s cheaper to buy a convertible car seat for a new-born instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible. But experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their new-born seems to be swimming in a convertible seat, and they have to use head rests, towels, or other cushioning to prop him safely in place until he grows into the seat.
Booster Seats-You can safely making switch to booster seat once your child is 4 years old or over 18 kg. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat of car. Booster seat can be generally used till your child is 12 years old.
yes, car seats have expiration dates. Car seat is a safety device, it is best when used new. It is like a helmet, once there is an impact on it, the best thing is to do is replace the helmet. Similarly, only accept hand-me-downs from someone you truly trust, make sure the car seat has not had any impact. Avoid buying car seat from a second hand store as it might have been recalled or might not be in line with the current safety standards.
Few other things to keep in mind:
A five point harnesses would give a better safety and hold during an event of collision.
Avoid-Car seats with fancy mirrors or accessories as they can harm the child during collision.
Although all companies continue to simplify the installation process — videos on YouTube.com supplement some instruction books. So YouTube comes handy when you need guidance on installing the car seat.
We all think that we will never face any uneventful thing on our journey or travel but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take Care.