The first time you purchase car seats in NZ may seem like the most confusing, overwhelming and frustrating experience. There are many different types of car seats, and no one can tell you which one will fit your child best. The only way to know is to try them out.
But once you have decided on a particular style of car seat, which is the safest? The safest car seat would have to be one that fits your child well, is easy to install correctly and is comfortable for the child to ride in.
A great car seat will provide protection for your child in almost any accident. If a car accident occurs and the seat doesn’t do its job, it could mean serious injury or death for your child. Here are some tips that will help you find a great fitting car seat for your little one.
Type of vehicle
You also need to think about how many people will be using it. The car seat should fit easily into your vehicle and not obstruct any doorways or windows. Also, if you have small children, be sure to read the manufacturer’s guidelines on how many car seats they can safely fit in a vehicle before buying an extra base.
Weight and height limits
All car seats have weight limits, which should be found on the product’s packaging or listed in the owner’s manual. Usually, seats for smaller babies can accommodate children up to about 40 pounds or so. Higher-end models can often accommodate bigger kids well into their toddler years. All car seats also have an upper height limit. This is usually around 40 inches or so, but some models allow taller children by extending their height limit with an add-on bar or harness extension strap.
Of course, safety is the most important factor in a car seat, and it is not just about the protection from vehicle collisions. The best convertible car seats can be used as rear-facing seats for infants or as front-facing seats for toddlers. While rear-facing, babies have extra protection against side impacts and other possible dangers. If you are going to purchase a convertible car seat, make sure that it has an adequate harness system which can be easily adjusted to fit your growing child.
Ease Of Use
You should also focus on how safe the car seat is going to be when installing it in your vehicle. You do not want to spend too much time struggling with how to correctly install the baby’s seat in your vehicle; instead, you want something that is quick and easy to install so that you can get moving quickly when leaving the parking lot of the store where you purchased it. The best seats will come with instructions in case you have any questions about how they should be installed in your vehicle.
Your child’s age
All children deserve the best protection available, but laws don’t mandate that everyone use the same type of car seat — or even that you use one at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride in rear-facing car seats until they turn 2 years old or reach about 40 pounds (whichever happens first). After that, switch to a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach 4 years old or weigh about 80 pounds. Then move them into a booster seat until they’re about 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall (whichever comes first). If you’re buying an infant car seat, though, read on because there are some key differences in how those seats work.