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Not All Car Seats Are Created Equal: Choosing a Car Seat for Your Child – What You Should Know

Choosing the right car seats and strollers for your children is not easy; you want to ensure that you make the right decision, in order to ensure that they are safe and comfortable. You also want to find a stroller or car seat which provides good value for money, this does not mean that you should choose the least expensive option. You need to consider the whole picture and not just the cost of the item. You should also take a look at reviews online when deciding which car seat to invest in for your child. There are certain things that you should consider.

Take a look at the manual for your car

Most modern cars have a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system installed as a matter of course. You should check if this is the case with your vehicle as this can help determine which car seat you choose, and how it needs to be installed. If there is no LATCH system in your car, opt for a traditional seat that can be attached to the interior of the vehicle using the seat belts which are present.

Make sure the car seat you choose is appropriate to your child

One of the most important things that you need to think about when you are choosing a car seat is that it's appropriate to the age, height and weight of your child. You should choose:

A rear facing seat if you have a baby whose head is not yet at the point where it can reach the top of the seat. Most often, this type of seat will be appropriate until your child is around the age of two.

A forward facing seat if your child is older than two. This type of seat is appropriate until a child is around the age of four, or weighs more than forty pounds.

A booster seat if your child is over four years of age or weighs more than forty pounds.

You will probably not need a car seat if your child is aged eight or over. However, you should check that the seat belts are a snug fit for them as some children who are small for their age may still need to use a booster seat.

How much space do you have?

Never assume that a car seat will fit in your vehicle; this may not necessarily be the case. Make sure you have all of the necessary measurements before you start to shop, so that you do not have the inconvenience of needing to swap the seat you have purchased because it's too big.

Once you have considered all aspects of what you need from a car seat, do not forget to take one last thing into consideration; is it easy to install? Have a look at the instructions before you make your final purchase and choose a car seat that you can set up easily, so that you and your child can be safely on the road, quickly and with the minimum amount of effort.

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