Understanding the differences in car seats for your infants

Purchase the right seats for your child's safety

Differences in Car Seats

If you invest enough time studying crash test information, or strolling all over store passageways searching for the ideal car seat, you’ll find that before long they all look alike.

Although the seats may all have a striking resemblance, they’re definitely not. The seat that’s right for you is one that:

  • Is age, weight, and size fitting for your kid
  • Fits in the backseat lounge of your car(s)
  • Can be installed and uninstalled effectively

Categories of Car safety Seats

There are 3 main categories of car safety seats:

  • Rear-facing infant seats
  • Front-facing car seats
  • Boosters

There are also seats that are rear-facing seats and can be converted to front-facing seats.

Rear-facing infants Seats

A child’s first car seat will be a rear-facing baby seat. Some rear-facing car seats work just as a seat, and are intended to stay in the car at all times. However, some seat makers also make rear-facing seats that work as a baby carrier.

Many baby carriers can carry babies up to 15kgs, which means you can extend the life of your first car seat. However, these safety seats are often quite heavy.

Front-facing Car Seats

Your kid should ride in his rear-facing child car seat until his head is even with the top point of the seat. By then he’s prepared to graduate to a convertible car seat. A convertible seat is higher than a child seat while permitting a kid to ride facing the rear, which is suggested until he’s at least 2-years-old. The longer a child can ride facing the rear the better.

Once the criteria for rear facing vs. front facing have been met, you flip the convertible seat so it faces forward, and your kid is prepared to see the road as you do.


At the point when your child reaches 4 or 5 years of age he’s prepared to move on from the convertible seat to a booster. A booster seat is like those used in restaurants. It supports a child’s height so that the safety belt fits cozily along the upper thigh, and over the upper shoulder. If you see that the belt cuts across or pinches your kid’s neck, he’s most likely not exactly prepared for a booster seat.

It’s not uncommon to have a child ride on a booster seat until he’s 11 or 12 years of age.

Regardless which seat you’re using (baby, convertible or booster), or how old your child is, it’s best to have them generally ride in the backseat for maximum safety.

Additionally, when purchasing a car seat, try to work with a knowledgeable sales representative who will clarify the differences between the makes and models. He will look at your car to ensure the seat that you are considering about will fit your child.


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