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Just like your baby's crib, a car seat is one of those essential baby products. And unfortunately, like a crib, a car seat can be quite expensive. That makes it important to choose the right one, especially since you will need to get another seat for the car as your baby grows into the preschool and preschool stages.
In many countries, there are no specific regulations on baby seats and safety, but we recommend this article where you can read the regulations in force in the US, and apply them for the safety of your family.
The latest on baby car seats
There are basically three types of baby safety seats:
Baby car seats only
These are always installed facing the rear of the vehicle and are suitable for babies weighing 16 to 18 pounds (35 to 40 pounds) and 81 at 89 centimeters in height (32 to 35 inches). This type of seats comfortably transports babies until they are approximately one year old.
The convertible seats
They are so called because they are first installed looking backward, for babies and small children, and as your child grows, you turn it around and "convert" it into a child safety seat by installing it facing forward. They are suitable for babies from birth until they weigh 18 to 36 kilograms (40 to 80 pounds) and measure 148 centimeters (57 inches) in height, depending on the chair.
The 3-in-1, or all-in-one seats
They are designed to grow with your child and accompany him from birth until he no longer needs a booster. They can be installed as follows:
Looking back, for babies from 2.3 to 23 kilos (5 to 50 pounds).
Looking forward and with the safety harness, for children from 9 to 36 kilos (20 to 80 pounds).
Looking forward without backrest, or as a booster seat with high backrest, for children up to 45 to 54 kilos (100 to 120 pounds) in weight and up to 132 to 145 centimeters (52 to 57 inches) in height, depending on the model.
Why should you buy a car seat for babies only, if you have the option to buy a convertible or all-in-one?
The main reason is security. Although most newborns fit in a convertible seat or an all-in-one seat, experts generally agree that babies who weigh less than 9 kilos (20 pounds) travel more safely in a seat that is only for babies.
Sometimes the harness straps of the convertible seats are too long so that they can be adjusted correctly to the height of the baby (do the "pinch test": try to pinch the part of the strap that goes over the shoulder of the baby. You will know that it is well adjusted if you cannot catch any piece of strap between your fingers).
Another problem is that the slots where the belts come out are sometimes too high. When the chair is facing rearward, the harness straps should leave the seat just at the height of the baby's shoulders or a little lower, so that they offer adequate protection. If the slots are above your baby's shoulders, the straps will be too high and will not protect you properly.
Another important point is practicality. Baby-only seats are smaller and lighter than convertibles or all-in-one, and have a handle or handle for easy transport. In addition, they are easily removed from a base that stays in the car and automatically fit into the stroller or stroller of the baby, which allows you to transfer your child from one place to another without waking him up.
In contrast, most convertible or all-in-one seats have to be installed in the car and remain there, and you need to take off your baby's belt and remove it from the car seat to transfer it to a stroller or baby carrier. Another factor that must be taken into account is that newborns need to travel in an inclined position of 30 to 45 degrees so that they are not difficult to breathe and have the best protection in the event of a collision.
Some convertible chairs take up too much space in the back seat of the car when installed at the right angle, which often forces the driver or front passenger to put their seat in an uncomfortable position, and depending on the model of your car, it is possible that not even on a suitable space for the driver and the passenger.
Once your child no longer fits in a car seat just for babies, you will have to buy a convertible or all-in-one seat. Larger babies will have to change to a larger seat earlier, while younger babies may fit in their highchair until their first birthday or more. Babies tend to exceed the maximum height limit before exceeding the weight limit of baby car seats.