Selecting the perfect car seat for your child is one of the hardest thing to do when you have to compromise on budget and many other factors as well. But well, if you have a perfect knowledge on how to choose the best car seat or what factors or elements makes the car seat best, then you can have a perfect one in a low price.
Most of the people have zero idea on car seats and they tends to read on internet about the products. And the sad thing is if you don’t know how to perfectly search for the query and the authority manufacturer website, then sorry to say but they are only trying to make a sale. It’s not like all the details and features are falsely written but instead of featuring the best one, they feature the one that gives them a thing commission. And when you find only those products all over the internet, you’ll end up getting it. It’s not like it’s the bad product or whatsoever, but the thing is, if you have a proper knowledge on how to choose the best one, you can choose the best one for your child and in cheap price.
So, here’s some most essential elements that you need to have a full knowledge on.
Types of car seats:
There are basically 3 types of car seats and you need to get all those seats for your children according to their age and height. You cannot use a single seat for your children for all the stages of his/her height. Its against the law and more importantly it’s not safe.
So, first of all, for the new born, you need a rear faced infant car seats, which needs to be placed in back of your seat. In case you don’t know, an infant under 12 months must not be seated in front faced seat, they need to place in rare faced.
Now once the child has outgrown the 13- 18 months of age and a certain height, it’s time to switch them to the front faced car seat or convertible car seats. Here you need to check for the perfect latch system, whether it’s of plastic or metal. And also check for the straps, you need to make sure that the straps are of good quality and comfortable too. Lastly, the 5 point harness; it’s a seat belt thing that you can see in the car seat. It must be covering the child shoulder, chest, and crotch too. Basically, the straps should come from 5 points. This makes sure the child is safe in extreme condition as well.
Lastly, once the child has outgrown 8 years of age and a certain height, it’s time to switch them to booster seats. Booster seats are those whose main purpose is the push the height of the young children so that the car seat belts fits perfectly on them and they’re safe in case of collision.
Here, you can get two types of boosters in the market, high back boosters and backless boosters. High back comes with the back part to rest the shoulders and back and backless comes without the back and only the seat. There’s no difference between these two models (safety wise). You can choose either one for your children.
So, these are the types of seats that you need to get for your child according to their age and how to choose them wisely. Some of you might be wondering these are 3 car seats and can be costly too (if you are in a tight budget); So, there’s one more option too, you can get all in one car seat which can be used as in fact rare faced, front faced and boosters as well. However, these seats will cost you somewhere between 300 400 USD but it’s a onetime investment and you don’t need to buy another one if your child outgrown a certain age group.