The Importance Of Buying The Best Infant Safety Set For Your Child

Infant Car Seat

Here at LSDFA, we believe that safety should be on top of your list when it comes to your children. And of all the stuff you'll purchase for the safety and protection of your baby, a reliable infant car seat is one of the most necessary.

With numerous models and brands out there, shopping for infant car seats may overwhelm you, especially if you're new to parenthood. There are things you need to consider, like safety features and your budget.

Keep in mind though that getting the most expensive one doesn't always mean you're getting the best infant car seat. There are plenty of affordable models that perform well or even better than costly ones. For this reason, it is highly recommended to plan ahead, and you can use our guide to determine how to find the right car seat for your child.

Different Infant Car Seat Styles

Graco Infant Car Seat Styles

Hospitals will not let you take your newborn home from the hospital if you don't have a baby car seat. In addition, the law also requires kids to be in a car safety seat until such time they are old enough to use your vehicle's own seat belt.

Basically, there are three infant car seat styles that you can choose for your little one:

  • Infant Car Seat. This type can only be positioned rear-facing. It usually comes with a carrying handle and a base that you can install in your car. This bucket style car seat is ideal for newborns and smaller infants and can carry children ranging from 4 to to 40 pounds.
  • Convertible Car Seat. This style stays in your vehicle and can be used in both rear- or forward-facing mode. It has a harness system just like with the infant car seat, but its weight restriction is higher in rear-face position, usually up to a range of 40 to 50 pounds. When your little one is ready to forward-face, which the law states should be the age of 2, you can turn the seat around and use its forward-facing mode until your baby is old enough for a booster seat.
  • All-In-One Car Seat. You can also switch this car seat type from rear-face to forward-face position. And once your child outgrows those, you can then use it as a booster seat with a seatbelt. When shopping for an all-in-one car safety seat, it is vital to check it because there are some models that can only forward-face. This seat can cater to kids weighing between 4 to 50 pounds. Although it can save you money, most are quite bulky and does not have the convenient detachable carrier.

Things You Need To Remember Before Making Any Purchase

Shopping around for the best infant car seat is an experience that can stress any parent. Not only is it important for your baby, but it's an expensive investment as well.

To make things a bit easier for you, here are some tips to keep in mind before you make a purchase and to make sure you won't end up wasting both your time and money.

  • Check your vehicle first. Whatever the price, there are certain newborn car seats that may simply not work with your vehicle, so make sure to read your car's owners manual first. You can install a car seat either by a LATCH system or seat belt. Before buying one, decide which installation method you want to utilize, and base your decision on that.
  • The convenience of a travel system. Convertible car seats are budget savers, but moving your sleeping baby around is priceless. If you're trying to cut costs but you and your family are always on the go, you may want to consider getting a travel system, which comes is a stroller and infant car seat combo.
  • Buy brand new. It is highly recommended to buy brand new instead of secondhand car seats. All new safety seats available on the market are required to pass crash tests and meet federal safety standards. Used ones should only be your last option if you really don't have the budget. And make sure to buy from someone you know and trust, and know the history of the car seat, its expiration date, and check if it has been a part of a recall.
  • Focus on essential features. Whatever the price range, look for a seat that has side-impact protection, a 5-point harness, and LATCH system compatible. If you're planning to buy pricier models, expect add-on features such as cushier fabric and larger canopy to name a few.
  • Easy cleaning. Compared to seats with a textured fabric, it'll be easier to wipe clean those with a smooth fabric.
  • Installation guide. Once you've bought your child's car seat, your next task is to install it properly. Use all the installation instruction as much as you can, from those in the seat's manual to the diagrams on the car seat itself to ensure proper installation of the safety seat. This can make a massive difference in case of an accident.