Guide To Choosing The Right Infant Car Seat For You

by Lilly Peters

You would not be able to leave the hospital without getting a rear-facing car seat on hand or installed in your car. It is important for infant car seats. While other types of baby car seats are appropriate for young infants, an infant car seat is built especially for newborns. Infant car seats provide additional protection for the head , neck and spinal cord of your little one (all of which are still gaining strength and stability) and the face towards the rear of the car, a must for safety in early childhood.

It can be tricky to find a convertible car seat for a newborn. Education is necessary in order to ensure that car seats are used properly for all infants and children
Specific challenges may occur in babies born before term, a Pediatricians suggest that babies born less than 37 weeks of gestation have a period of observation in a car seat before discharge to check for potential apnea episodes which are often prevalent in babies born before term.

What type of infant car seat should I get?

Infant car seats can be quickly removed from the car and transported, unlike convertible car seats, and some can also clip onto your stroller.
Infant car seats are designed to click in and out of a base that you keep mounted
in your car, making it easy to get a child with minimal disturbance into a home or stroller. You can also buy additional bases for the seat to keep in other cars. They come with a three-point or a five-point brace at the back. A five-point is the most common sort of belt, with two straps that secure the shoulders and two more that secure the hips. The straps all bind between the legs to a buckle. A three-point harness that works the same way but lacks the points at the hips is a less common type.

In the early newborn days, this can be particularly helpful, as you can do just about anything not to disturb a baby who is comfortably snuggled in her car seat.

The most secure seat is the one that suits your kid, suits your car, and can always be used correctly. We hope this guide will help you narrow down your options to make a choice that will suit your brand new Little correctly from their very first ride if you plan to skip the infant seat and switch directly to a convertible.

A convertible car seat is one that is designed to last your child from the newborn years until around 3 years old, or until they exceed the weight limit.  These are a great investment and helps to keep ongoing cost of replacing car seats down.  The downfall however is that they are not easily portable and cannot be used as an infant carrier, which a lot of people find extremely convenient.

In the rear-facing position-in the back seat of the vehicle-the convertible child safety seats must be used as long as
possible before your child exceeds the maximum weight or height permitted by the manufacturer of the convertible child safety
seat. According to research studies, children up to 2 years of age who are placed in forward-facing child safety seats are more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than same age children who are in rear-facing child safety seats

Safety Tips For Infant Car Seats

Straps need to be placed at or just below the shoulders when facing the back. Most newborns have a chest that is around seven inches long, so if the smallest slots have to be at least that small to fit properly. To pass the pinch test, the straps must be close enough. To fit an average seven-pound baby, the harness must be short enough; many convertible seats have a harness that is too long to tighten around their small bodies.

A reclining angle that is typically about 45 degrees is necessary for car seats designed for newborn passengers. It can constrict the airway and trigger a breathing difficulty for a new infant if their head were to tip forward. At the neonatal recline angle, it is easier to mount some convertibles than others. Some convertible car seats don’t leave a lot of space in front of the car seat for a passenger. Some make the use of pool noodles (or a tightly rolled towel) to achieve the required reclining angle if the car seat can not be positioned on its own at the correct angle for a newborn.

Nearly 49 percent of infant car seats are improperly mounted or used, which is why the infant and child car seats should be professionally installed. There should be many qualified car seat installers in your local area.

The best place for your child’s car seat, away from activated air bags, is in the back seat. If the car seat is put in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it may strike the back of a rear-facing car seat and cause a severe or fatal injury, right where the child’s head is. A infant sitting in a forward-facing car seat may also be struck and injured by an air bag.

Never put a blanket between, or under or behind, your child and the harness straps. Don’t dress your baby in bulky outerwear for car travel as it can interfere with the tightness and security of the harness. Instead, put a warm blanket and harness over your child. Keep in mind a light blanket is all that is necessary as babies and small children can quickly overheat while in a car seat.

Child Safety In Cars

In an authorised rearward facing restraint, children up to the age of six months must be secured

Children from six months of age but less than four years of age must be secured with an integrated harness in either a rear or forward facing permitted child restraint.

Children under the age of four are not permitted to ride in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.

Children aged four years and older but under seven years must be protected with an integrated harness or an appropriate booster seat in a forward-facing appropriate child restraint.

Children under the age of seven should not ride in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows unless all other rear seats are filled by children under seven years of age in a permitted child restraint or booster seat.

Children aged seven years and under 16 years who are too young to be adequately adjusted and fastened by a seatbelt are strongly encouraged to use an appropriate booster seat.

A suitable lap and sash style approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened or a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened must be restrained by children in booster seats.

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, before it is appropriate for them to progress to the next stage, they should be held in their current child restraint.

They can switch to the next level of child restraint if your child is too big for the child restraint specified for their age.