Baby Car Seats
A car seat is something every parents must buy. From birth up to the school years, your child will need to be transported to and fro in a car seat. If you're a first-time parent, make sure your infant car seat properly installed before you go to the hospital to deliver your bundle of joy. You'll need it for the trip home! Before you even get started on your search for the best car seat for your family, BabyEarth suggests purchasing a Mighty-Tite for each car seat. Proper installation is the key to your car seat's safety, so you need to be able to tighten the seat as much as possible to achieve the best results. Mighty-Tite fits onto any seat belt and the ratcheted handle lets you easily remove unwanted slack for a tight car seat fit.
There are a variety of car seats to choose from including an infant car seat, a convertible car seat, a toddler car seat and a booster seat. The Infant Car Seat is designed especially with a young baby in mind. All infant seats are rear-facing to protect baby's fragile head, neck and spine in the event of an accident. Infant car seats feature a 5-point harness system that safely restrains and protects baby is the most effective way possible. The first few times you use a 5-point harness you may fumble with it, but don't fear! You'll become a pro in a short amount of time. New parents often feel uncomfortable with rear-facing seats because they cannot easily turn around and look at baby in the car. Believe it or not, car rides tend to be soothing and comforting for new babies and they often end up taking long naps while in transit. And this is why infant car seats are such a lifesaver - they're portable! You can pop them in and out of the car seat base without disturbing a sleeping baby. Most infant seats can fit securely on a stroller seat with the proper adapter.
Speaking of bringing home a new baby, a car seat-related item BabyEarth recommends for newborns is the Snuzzler Infant Support Insert by Kiddopotamus. Even though an infant car seat looks tiny, when you put your new baby in it, it will look big & roomy. In fact, an 8-pound baby still has plenty of extra room in an infant seat. The award-winning Snuzzler is an ultra-soft washable insert that gives your newborn extra support and comfort, perfect for the car seat. The Snuzzler's special contourd shape makes it work easily with all 5-point harness systems. We also recommend the Two-Stage Seatsaver by Prince Lionheart to protect your seats from car seat depression damage and shoe scuffs. You can use this cover for both rear and forward facing car seats, so it's a great investment.
After your baby outgrows the infant car seat, it's time to shop for a Convertible Car Seat. The convertible seats are built to do exactly that - convert easily from rear facing to forward facing. Babies usually get too big (or too heavy!) for the infant seat when they reach 15 pounds. At that point you can switch to a convertible seat and install it rear-facing. After baby reaches his first birthday and weighs 20 pounds, the convertible seat can be turned around facing forward and still be roomy and comfy. Most convertible car seats will accommodate your growing baby through the toddler years to about 40 pounds. Many convertible seats recline and that's a great feature while baby is facing backwards. That way the seat is not pitching forward and it's cozy enough for baby to sleep in. Some models do not fit as well facing backwards due to the position of your back seat. It's hard to tell how a convertible car seat will work until you install it. If you choose one with a recline mechanism, they tend to fit well no matter what.
As babies become toddlers, they tend to enjoy rides in the car and really like their comfy convertible car seat. The height of the seat allows them to look out of the windows easily and see their surroundings. Not to mention the plush seat is extremely comfortable and they like feeling secure with the 5-point-harness. But your little toddler is quickly becoming a big kid and will need to get a larger car seat to stay as safe as possible. Now it's time to shop for a toddler Car Seat. Many toddler car seats go up to 80-100 pounds and have a 5-point-harness system. A toddler seat differs from a booster seat because it features a 5-point-harness system, not a 3-point-harness or a seat belt. Toddler seats are plush and padded like convertible seats, while many Booster Car Seats feature a backless cushioned seat. Some parents just feel safer with their child in a 5-point-harness system, even if the child is big enough to ride in a booster with a seat belt across the lap and chest. No matter what type of seat you choose, just make sure your kiddo is safe and secure in a car seat that's appropriate for his weight. And always buckle up!