I used to love jamming out to my favorite tunes on the radio while cruising down the street. Now that I am older I can tell you that nothing competes with the sound that our child makes while it is snoozing in the back seat. Getting the right child seat really does make a world of difference so if you are in the market and shopping around for something that is both safe and comfortable then this might be useful.
The wife and I had plenty of sleepless nights before our little one was born researching just what kind of seat we should buy. There are not only various types, but there also so many different models to choose from. It was a little overwhelming, but we plowed through it all and found something that we are all happy with. With all of our worries, we thought we would help other soon-to-be parents who may find themselves in a similar situation.
Various Types of Car Seats
This is what really threw us for a loop at first. With infant, booster, and convertible car seats out there, we first had to figure out which type of child car seat would be best for our family.
These are just what they sound like. They are for newborns and small babies. They offer the needed head and neck support that young children need. They are also lighter weight and easier to get in and out of the car. Another big advantage of these is that a lot of infant seats are stroller compatible, meaning the seat can just snap into a baby stroller without having to remove the child. The drawback of these types of seats is that they are only designed for the first couple of years of your child’s life, at most. Once they get too big, or too tall, you must switch to a convertible car seat for proper protection. Since we did really want to end up getting two different seats we decided to forego this option despite the added convenience it offered.
Convertible Car Seats
We quickly found out that these are the most popular child safety seats for parents. They are designed to handle small babies from 5 lbs and they can be used for toddlers generally up to 65 lbs. They are called “convertible” seats because you start off using the seat in the rear-facing direction for smaller children and once they are big enough you switch the seat around to forward-facing. The ability to have to buy only one seat for the first several years of our child’s life made the most economical sense for us and this is the route we took.
Once got a grip on which type of seat that we needed everything came more into focus. We could then decide on the budget, features, and style of the seat that we wanted for our child. This part was actually a lot of fun, but it also took a little extra time. We searched online to find the best options and read through all of the current convertible child seat reviews to find one that appealed to both parents and fit within our price range.
This is something that we do not need right now, but it is something that we will have to eventually buy. This type of car seat is the last transition between having them ride in a convertible car seat and using the vehicles own seat belt. It all depends on the size of your child. But this is something that we can save for a later day.
Brand Name Convertible Car Seats
After we knew that this is the type of seat that we were going to get it was time to narrow down our choices. Britax, Graco, Peg Perego, Evenflo, and Chicco are some of the most popular brands. Getting a well known name was important to us since we wanted a car seat with a solid reputation and we wanted to buy it from a reputable outlet. In case you were curious we decided to go with a Graco convertible car seat. It fit our budgetary needs but it did not skimp on safety and comfort. If money were not an object we probably would have gone with a Peg Perego as those child safety seats seem really nice and comfortable.
In the end we found something that we were extremely happy with, but we still had to wait to see how little girl would respond to riding in it. This is why the sound of a sleeping baby is so precious to us. It let us know that we actually made the right choice and we could not be happier with the seat that we got. The good news is there are a lot of solid, high quality car seats available no matter what your budget. With a little time and effort you can hopefully find something that you are extremely satisfied with like we did.