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Jun 24, 2014

What to Look for In Child Safety Seat

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Without a doubt, there are lot of things to learn and acquire when you’re about to have a new child. Getting a child safety seat for your car is one of the most important purchases and should not be overlooked. It is very dangerous and illegal for a small child or infant to ride in a car without a proper safety seat. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you.

Child Safety Seat

Current Model – Safety regulations and testing requirements in Canada have been updated as recently as 2012, so it is a good idea to make sure you are getting a seat that is up-to-date with all of the new safety standards. If you are buying one new, you can be confident that it is meeting the current regulations. However, you will never be able to know for sure if a second-hand seat is up to date and has not been previously damaged.

Fits your child – Make sure that the height and weight specified on the seat matches your child. As your child grows taller and heavier, pay attention to the maximums specified on the model you have. Eventually it will be time to upgrade.

Fits your car – Be careful to purchase one that will actually fit in your car. Measure the space available in the back seat of your car, read your car’s owner’s manual, and take note of the seatbelt arrangement. This information will help you choose a seat that will fit your car.

Two-piece retainer – Safety seats with two-piece retainer clips are more difficult to unfasten. And this is a positive safety feature! You don’t want your toddler to be able to open it itself and climb out while you are driving.

Installation you understand – Read and follow all of the instructions for your safety seat and car, so that you can install it properly. The seat should be fastened tightly with less than one inch of wiggle where the seatbelt enters the belt path.

Those are the main things to take into consideration for safety. But there are some other details to think about for convenience and ease of use:

Ease of cleaning – Young children can be messy! If you want an easy time cleaning the seat, pay attention to the materials used and choose accordingly.

Convertibility – Some seats can transition from rear facing seats to forward facing ones when your child gets old and large enough for it to be safe. This way you won’t have to buy a whole new one when the time comes.

These tips will help you choose the right safety seat for you and your child. Remember to start shopping early! You don’t want to wait until your baby is due. By that time, you will want to focus all of your attention on your new family member, and not on seat shopping.

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