Car Seats: Properly Used and Installed
Tis the season for deals!
We're all scrambling to find great deals going on now, especially on baby gear as it can all get quite pricey quite quickly. Ultimately, It doesn't mater if you paid $100 or $500 for your car seat. If car seats are being improperly used or installed, safety is not guaranteed, which is the name of the game. Not sure how to start even looking for a car seat? Lets us help you in the process.
What Car seat should I buy?
While there is no sure clean cut answer, there are a few factors that may help in making the decision.
-That it fits the vehicle properly
ALWAYS follow the car seats specific instructional manual. Your vehicle will also have a manual that mentions car seat installation, as this is different in every make and model. If at all possible, test your car seat in your vehicle before buying.
-That it specifically fits your child's age, height and weight requirements.
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. Check this link out at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It breaks down age and set up by car seat type. Also, look for high weight and height limits so you can use the rear facing feature as long as possible. (rear facing is 5 times safer than forward!). Government Car Seat Recommendations For Children by Age
- and simply, the car seat YOU can safely operate every single time.
If you can't figure it out, it's not the best one for YOU. This is where and when it's also recommended to see them in person and really get to know the nuances of the seats you're interested in. Visit us at both our SF and LA locations and speak to our experts on staff. Should you like to fit the car seat in your vehicle, please call in advance for an appointment so we can make the time to step out with you. See some of our recommendations below: The Pipa, Rava and Foonf.