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This time we want to tell you about baby car seats, an essential tool if you have a little one at home. There are different types, feeding chairs, rocking chairs, bath chairs, but this time we want to focus on car seats.

These seats represent one of the most important safety mechanisms for children in cars, being able to prevent damage and injuries in minor and moderate accidents. So it is an essential element in the routine of any family with small children.

In the following paragraphs you will find the best options on the market, what to look out for and what are the most common types of car seats. Here we will tell you what you need to know so that you can make a better buying decision.




Summary

  • A baby car seat is a must-have and should be on every parent-to-be's list. Nowadays, all baby car seats must meet certain safety standards, so you can feel confident that your little one will be safe and secure in the car.
  • Remember that you will be using the car seat quite frequently, so finding one that is easy to install and secure is important. Some car seats have indicators to confirm that they are correctly installed and level.
  • Not all car seats are suitable for all babies. It is important to consider your baby's age and size to determine which car seat is the best fit for your baby. We'll tell you more about the different types of car seats and which one is best for your little one below.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about baby seats

It is very difficult to buy the ideal product for you if you don't know in depth what it is and what it should offer you. So we tell you in detail what you need to know about these seats and the benefits you can get from them. We also tell you about the budget you have to check and the shops where you can get a good variety.

Baby car seats are essential tools for your child's safety. (Photo: ferli / 123rf.com)

What are baby car seats and what are their advantages?

Baby car seats are seats that are specifically designed to be placed in the back seats of the vehicle, with a safety system that protects babies and children in the event of an accident or car crash.

Of all the different items you should buy in preparation for your baby's arrival, a car seat is one of the most important. You will use it from the moment you bring your little one home from the hospital, and until he or she is old enough and big enough to use a car seat belt.

Advantages
  • Practical
  • Provides safety for your baby
  • Protects your baby from various car accidents
  • Allows you to transport your baby with peace of mind
  • Offers comfort for your baby
Disadvantages
  • Limits the number of seats available
  • Semi-permanent installation
  • Some options can be expensive
  • Need to add accessories as your baby grows

Infant car seats with convertible, infant or booster seats - what to look out for?

There are different types of baby seats to suit different circumstances: infant, convertible or booster. The choice of one of these should be based on the user's needs and personal preferences. We tell you in detail about these types of car seats so that you are properly informed.

Regular chair. These are probably the most common models available on the market, and are particularly intended for newborn babies or toddlers. These are installed in such a way that the baby is turned backwards, and it is recommended that the maximum weight is 15 kg.

Convertible seat. These are similar to infant seats, but have the particularity that they can be installed so that the child is turning either backwards or forwards. The recommendation is that the rear-facing position is used for babies or children weighing between 2 and 20 kg.

Booster seat. This, rather than a seat, is a platform that functions to raise the child to the height necessary for the car seat belt to be correctly positioned on the child's body. This is recommended for children weighing between 13 and 55 kilograms.

Regular seat Convertible seat Booster seat
Versatility Medium High Medium
Child weight Up to 15 kg Up to 20 kg Between 13 and 55 kg
Child position Always rear facing Can be adjusted to suit Forward facing
Recommended age Babies under 2 years Between 3 and 5 years Between 6 and 8 years

How much does an infant car seat cost?

It may be common to think that the more expensive the car seat, the better and safer it will be, however this is not necessarily correct. There are several aspects that go into the quality of the seat, and it is possible to buy a mid-priced product of excellent quality.

All baby car seats have to pass certain safety standards, so you can be confident that whichever one you buy, as long as it is fitted correctly, will protect your baby.

Infant car seats are available in different sizes and for different ages. Make sure you choose the right one for you. (Photo: Mathom / 123rf.com)

Buying criteria

Choosing an infant car seat is difficult. There are so many options on the market that it can be overwhelming to select one, especially when your baby's safety is at stake. In fact, the safest car seat is one that fits your little one, fits your vehicle and installs correctly and easily.

Not every car seat is suitable for every child or baby. It is important to take into account the age and size of your child in order to analyse which of the different types of car seats are suitable. We recommend paying attention to additional features to make a better purchase:

Size

What you should check is that the size of the car seat fits the model of car you have, as not all car seats fit in all cars. Some car seats may fit too tightly, leaving little legroom for your child, or make it difficult to fit the seat belt correctly.

You should measure the space in the back seat of your car, taking into account the space your child will have for his or her legs and that you should leave room for someone else to sit next to him or her. You should then check it against the seat measurements on the packaging. Ideally, there should be at least 15 cm left over in each direction.

The safety of the little ones should be a priority, no matter how long or short the journey. (Photo: Maria Sbytova / 123rf.com)

Ease of use

The car seat will be one of the items you'll be using most often, so it's essential that it's easy to use and doesn't get in the way of everyday hassle. So look for car seats with simple and clear manuals and instructions; that have buttons and/or labels that are intuitive and easy to follow and understand.

And by ease we don't just mean the simplicity of installing the car seat in the car, but also how easy it is to secure the baby in and out of the car seat. It is important that removing the child from the car seat is not too complex, especially in case of emergencies where they need to get out of the car quickly.

Cleanliness

Your baby is likely to eat in their car seat more than once, so it can get dirty frequently. Ideally, a seat with a removable cover that you can either wash by hand or throw in the washing machine makes cleaning much easier. Chairs with vinyl seats are also recommended as they can be wiped clean with a cloth.

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Anchoring system

For more than 15 years, all infant car seats have been compatible with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system. This system allows the car seat to be attached directly to the car, instead of using the seat belt to secure it.

This system is much easier to install and use. If you don't have this anchorage system, no problem, the seat is just as safe. It is important to read the installation instructions in detail. Remember that the car seat is safe as long as it is installed correctly.

Comfort

It is important that the seat is padded and comfortable for your baby. It should also have extra support for their head, preventing them from moving from side to side easily while driving.

Legroom is also important. Some car seats are too sturdy or large for certain cars, which position the baby too close to the front seat, giving your baby's legs little mobility, and can be unsafe in an impact.

Comfort is one of the most important aspects, as rough, poorly padded surfaces can hurt your baby. (Photo: Maria Sbytova / 123rf.com)

Side impact protection

Although all seats meet basic safety standards, most of these apply to frontal or rear impacts. We recommend looking for a seat that has shock-absorbing technology in the event of a side impact.

These seats have a foam material that cushions the impact and provides additional protection for your baby's head and chest, minimising injury.

(Featured image source: Ferli/ 123rf.com)

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