This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris. Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat.com, a website that helps soon-to-be parents find the right car seat for their child, while giving them tips and advice on everything from pregnancy to caring for your baby.
From the minute we find out that we’re pregnant, we want to protect our little one and give them everything they need. Whether we’re eating a more balanced diet, we’ve quit drinking or we buy the safest products on the market for them, we’re making a difference.
One item that you can’t go without and don’t want to be cheap with is a car seat. Car seats are what protects them in the car and keeps them safe from any possible accidents.
If you’re looking at car seats for the first time, you will realize there are plenty of them to choose from. They have all sorts of brands, features, styles, etc, although, what matters most is how safe they are. To make sure you’re buying a car seat that you feel good about, you may want to consider a few of these tips!
5 Ways to Find the Safest Car Seat for Your Child:
Safety ratings: To start, find a car seat that has great safety ratings. You will find that some seats meet U.S. safety standards while other even exceed them. So, go with what is safest and find a seat that will go above and beyond for your child.
Features: There are certain features in car seats that really help keep your child safe. Things like a 5-point harness, side impact protection (which shields from vehicle intrusion and contains your little one’s head and body), and the LATCH system are important to have.
Reviews: You will also find that reviews are extremely helpful. If you’re going to be paying a decent amount of money, and buy an item that is going to keep your child safe, you want something good. Anything with a 3.5 star rating or higher is very good. Anything less, you may have to question your purchase.
Avoid used: You should never buy a car seat that is used. This is because you don’t know the history of it, if it’s been in an accident before or if it’s expired. Car seats expire over time and can be damaged if in an accident. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
Requirements: Be sure to find a car seat that fits your child. You must find one that meets their weight, age and height requirements. If you go over or under, your child could be in danger.
Finding a car seat isn’t always easy. It takes some patience, some researching and some advice from others sometimes. Just be sure to consider a few of these tips and you’ll be off to a great start!
Thank you, Lauren! To learn more, please visit FindMyCarSeat.com.
*Image provided by The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat.*