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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:

 

 

 

Always read your User Manual to ensure a secure installation.

Always read your User Manual to ensure a secure installation.

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.

The Emblem has an extra layer of Side Impact Protection for an even safe ride!

The Emblem has an extra layer of Side Impact Protection for an even safe ride!

Side impact protection

The more layers of protection, the safer your baby is.

Using a top tether minimizes seat rotation in the event of a crash.

Using a top tether minimizes seat rotation in the event of a crash.

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.


Proper harness strap position can help keep your child safely in their car seat.

Proper harness strap position can help keep your child safely in their car seat.

Quick-adjust harness

Grows with your child – and kids grow quickly!

Be sure your seat is at the proper recline angle.

Be sure your seat is at the proper recline angle.

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.

Your seat should have an indicator to show when the seat is at a safe angle for baby.

Your seat should have an indicator to show when the seat is at a safe angle for baby.

Auto-Level Indicator

Lets you know the car seat is angled safely in your vehicle

The pads on the Emblem have a rubber grip to keep the chest clip correctly positioned. They also help to manage energy away from the chest in the event of a collision.

The pads on the Emblem have a rubber grip to keep the chest clip correctly positioned. They also help to manage energy away from the chest in the event of a collision.

Harness Pads

These pads help to position the chest clip properly, which keeps the harness in the safest position for your young passengers.