Nowadays, you cannot come out of the hospital with your newborn if you haven’t bought a car seat for them – the hospital staff will personally check that the infant has been properly secured in a safe seat. It is for this reason that one of your priorities in the buying list should be a car seat. But there are many types of car seats. How can you find the one with the best security, best suited to your baby?To begin with, you should understand that there are technically two types of car seats you will find at most reputed stores and baby shops online.
The first is the infant seat, and the second is the convertible car seat. As you know, infants should be seated rear-facing (i.e. they face the seat, instead of forward, in the car) to avoid fatal harm during a crash. The infant seat, accordingly, is a rear-facing seat that largely resembles a basket (because your baby will be in a reclined, or flat position, in it). It comes with a base that will be fit onto the seat of the car, the infant seat per se is removable and needs to be clicked onto it.
On the other hand, convertible seats such as the Britax Safe n Sound car seat usually come with both the rear-facing and front-facing (for older babies from around one year of age or so) options. Some convertible seats – the more expensive ones – come with a third option where they function as a seat booster for the oldest toddlers. The convertible car seats are fixed onto the seat of the car and cannot be removed.If you were to consider, the convertible car seats are naturally the cheaper option, and what you would like to go with if you have a tight budget (and similarly, if you want to save money, you can also go with a travel system, which includes a car seat and a stroller together).
However, most parents agree that the infant seat’s removability is a priceless perk: moving a sleeping infant in the seat itself is not only easy, but also allows the baby to continue sleeping peacefully. Finally, if you are wondering about the safety, understand that both types of car seats are safe. Baby car seats – and just about any baby product – undergo stringent safety checks, and they are continuously improved upon to ensure that they provide the maximum comfort, security and safety. Conversely, what you should understand from this point is to always try to buy a new car seat – unlike with hand-me-downs, which meet safety regulations of the past, the newer car seats will always be safer.