Baby car seats have belts, harnesses, and buckles to prevent small children from falling off the car seat and also help prevent them from getting injured during collisions. Car seat laws vary from state to stare and from country to country. Be sure to check the regulations governing your area before investing in a baby car seat.
Types of Baby Car Seats
Kinds of Baby Car Seats include the following:
Rear-facing baby car seats
Rear-facing baby car seats are made for babies one year old and below weighing less than 20 pounds. They are installed in the rear seat facing rearward. Most models can recline at a 45-degree angle.
Forward-facing baby car seats
Forward-facing baby car seats are made for babies one year old and above with a weight of 20 to 40 pounds and a height of about 43 inches. They are designed to be installed in the rear seat facing forward.
Convertible baby car seats
Convertible baby car seats can be rear- or front-facing, depending on the age and weight of the child. They should not be used in the front seat especially when the vehicle is equipped with air bags. Most models can recline at a 45-degree angle.
Belt-positioning booster car seats
Belt-positioning booster car seats are made for children one to four years old (between 20 and 40 pounds).
They are installed in the rear seat facing forward. They lift up the children at a height where the car’s lap or shoulder belt can fit snugly over them.
They also provide back and head support.
Choosing Baby Car Seats (Buying tips)
Fit: Choose a baby car seat that fits your child snugly and comfortably. Your child’s head should be a few inches below the top of the seat to ensure comfort and proper support.