Preggo Gear Guide
Car Seat

Car seats keep your baby safe when you’re on the road. Here are some questions that need answering when you’re on the lookout for a good car seat for your baby:

Does it fit your baby? Your baby’s height, weight, and age will determine the type of car seat you’ll buy. Rear-facing car seats are best for babies up to 20 pounds. Convertible car seats are cool because they can be used rear-facing by babies until they are 20 pounds heavy, and then forward-facing until the allowable weight limit. In terms of height, there should be a distance of an inch or more between the top of the car seat and your baby’s head when he’s seated for rear-facing car seats. Meanwhile, your baby’s ears must be below the seat top for front-facing ones.

Does it fit your car? Check to see that the car seat that you plan to purchase matches the make and mold of your vehicle. A responsible store will let you take the car seat to your car to make sure it fits right—with their sales attendant, of course.

Is it easy to install? A car seat may have all these safety features but if you cannot install it properly then they’re all for naught.

Is it in any recall list? Do your research. Before making a purchase, make sure that the car seat model that you are eyeing is not included in any product recall list.

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