We always want to make our babies feel safe and secure and one way for you to do that is to buy and install a baby car seat for them. However, choosing the right car seat is actually quite a stressful experience, especially if you really do not know exactly what you need to look for.
Fortunately, you do not have to scour the internet for information as I will provide all of it in this article, so do read on if you want to find out how to buy a car seat that is fit for your newborn baby.
1. Check Out Your Car Before Buying
Before you head out and purchase a car seat for your baby, it is important that you read your car’s manual, especially pertaining to the LATCH system. The LATCH is actually an acronym that stands for the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children System and all new vehicles (2014 and above) should have them.
If you have an older car, they may still have them, but again, you may have to refer to the manual if they have this system or if they have something similar.
The reason why you want to refer to your car’s manual is the fact that you want to know if they can support the LATCH system. Most car seats nowadays use that system and if your car doesn’t come with the right anchors, then it will all be for naught.
Another important thing that you must do is to measure the entire backseat of your car to find out if there is enough room for the car seat to be installed.
2. Choose a Convertible Car Seat
If you want to save tons of money on a car seat, then I highly recommend that you buy a convertible one. If your baby is below 2 years old, you can use the rear-facing part of the car seat. If they are older than that and below a certain weight threshold (depending on the car seat itself), then you can turn it so that it faces front and your child can sit on it comfortably.
The only real downside to this is the fact that you cannot really remove it easily whenever you want to take your baby out for a little bit of sunshine.
3. Pick a Car Seat Stroller
If you want the convenience of being able to pluck the car seat readily so that you can take your child away for some nice walks, then you may want to opt for a car seat stroller instead.
Although they might outgrow the seat sooner than a convertible one, getting peace of mind and convenience is much better for some parents.
4. Never Accept Hand-Me-Downs
Newer car seats always come with the latest technology that aims to protect your child at all costs. That is why it is important that you never cheap out on your baby’s car seat and do not accept hand-me-downs that might use an outdated feature or technology (putting your child at risk in the process).
5. Get One that is Easy to Clean
Lastly, you want to get a car seat that is easy to clean as well. You want to get one that has a smooth fabric so that you can easily wipe it with a damp cloth to clean it.