If you have a new baby, safety is probably first on your mind. Keeping your baby safe when he or she is traveling in a vehicle takes a good baby seat, but you need to know what you are looking for when buying baby seats. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
The first thing is that you need to buy a new seat. It is not wise to try and save a few dollars by buying a used seat, especially if you do not know the history of it. This is because baby seats are only good for one collision. After that, it must be replaced. Even if it looks fine, a collision could have caused minute cracks and breaks in the framework of the carrier and this can make it fail in a second collision. You are much better to purchase a brand new car seat, and replace it if you have been in an accident.
You want to make sure that you are buying baby seats which are right for your child. Baby seats come in three main varieties. They include a rear facing car seat for infants, a forward facing car seat for older babies and a booster seat for children who are older. Each of these have different purposes and it is important to know what each of these are.
The rear facing infant model is best for very young children. A newborn does not have the muscle strength to hold its head upright and if it is in an accident, its head can snap forward and cause brain damage. Remember that it is better to be safe than sorry. Although the rear facing car seat is intended for babies up to twenty pounds you may want to keep your baby in the rear facing position longer if it cannot hold its head up. Neck strength can take longer to develop in some children.
The next stage is forward facing baby seats. This is intended for children who are over twenty pounds and who have good head and neck control. They should stay in the forward facing position until they are at least forty pounds, at which point they can be moved to a booster seat.
Booster baby seats are designed for older children. The purpose behind the booster is to make sure that the seat belt lies in the right position on the child for maximum security. If a child is not big enough to fit a seat belt, if you are in an accident it can cause very severe internal injuries from the force of the belt across the abdominal area. In some areas, a child must be eight years of age or eighty pounds before they can be free of the booster.
There are a range of different harness types. One of the best is a five point harness. This causes a number of straps to travel over the child’s body and meet in the middle at a clasp. This is the best harness because it will distribute the force of a collision more evenly than a three point harness.
If you have a new child, you need a baby seat. This is to keep your child safe until they are old enough to sit properly and safely in the car without any assistance at all. Whether you choose multi-stage baby seats or one that is only usable for one stage of your child’s life you need to make sure that they are properly protected. Because it isn’t just common sense, it’s the law.