How to shop for a Convertible Car Seat
There are a lot of important factors to consider when shopping for a car seat. This article will walk you through the basics of buying a car seat, starting with a brief definition of what a Convertible Car Seat really is.
What is a Convertible Car Seat?
A convertible car seat will literally “convert” from rear-facing for infants and small toddlers to forward-facing for older children. Although many convertible seats can safely be used from newborn age, many parents wait to use a convertible until after their child has outgrown the infant seat.
Here’s what to look for:
Easy and secure installation
No matter how safe the car seat you purchase may be, it’s not going to be able to keep your baby safe unless it is installed correctly.
Side impact protection
The more layers of protection, the safer your baby is.
Stability and reinforcement
You want a stable installation to minimize crash forces. When being used in the forward-facing position, make sure to use the tether strap to reduce rotation and forward movement.
Grows with your child – and kids grow quickly!
Multiple recline positions
Convertible Car Seats need to be able to recline to the right angle for your child. This is especially important for younger rear-facing children, as having the installed at the proper angle means baby can breathe freely.
Lets you know the car seat is angled safely in your vehicle
These pads help to position the chest clip properly, which keeps the harness in the safest position for your young passengers.