A baby should be correctly restrained in her
car seat until she reaches the age of seven. Most countries have laws
which make it mandatory for the child to ride in special baby car seats
until they reach a specific height or weight. If you require further
persuasion take a look at this statistics. In the year 2009 alone close
to 1, 79,000 children were involved in road accidents and a 1000 of them
died. In the USA car accidents are the main cause of childrens death.
And most of those accidents could have been averted have the children
been properly restrained in their baby car seats. So it is of utmost importance to buy an infant car seat even during the pregnancy period.
All baby car seats
comply with stringent safety standards and any new seat is safe to use.
But it can provide a safety issue if it is not installed correctly. So
the best baby car seat is the one that fits your baby and car perfectly.
There are three basic types of car seats:
1. Infant only seats: These seats have a weight limit up to 35 pounds and should face the rear part of the car.
baby seats: These can be used in two ways either as rear facing baby
seats for infants or as forward facing seats for older children. It is
advisable to leave the children in a rear facing seat for as long as
seats: These seats are designed for children who are aged 4 and weigh
over 40 pounds. These seats have shoulder belts to restrain the child.
Installing infant car seats
is very important for the childs safety. Some of the common mistakes
most people make are to attach the threading belts in the wrong slots,
fail to use locking clip wherever necessary, not restraining the child
properly and installing the seat very loosely. A properly installed baby
seat would not move further than an inch either ways. Some statistics
show that 3 out of 4 baby car seats are not installed correctly.
The baby car seat and stroller combo will be very useful for
families who travel extensively. These seats can be detached from the
car and can be used to take the child out of the car. The seat can be
converted into a stroller. Children with special medical conditions
require special restraint systems. For prematurely born children who
need to travel you need to install special travel beds. Many fire
stations and police stations offer a free inspection and it is a good
idea to check whether you have installed the baby seat properly. There
are many websites which carry details on different types of car seats,
their fit and features, side impact protection, oxygen levels required
for child beds and videos of installation of infant car seats.
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