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Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child

Oct 9, 2007
Buying a car seat can be a trying experience for any parent-to-be. There is so much jargon, it is difficult to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. If you are like most people, you spend a great deal of time in your car. Trips to the doctors, grocery store, church, play dates, day care, work, and family outings are all just a few of the reasons that you and baby will need to commute. So it is imperative that you choose the safest car seat for your new baby. We will go over some of the tips and tricks to picking out the best in the market, and help you decipher some of that technical jargon that is floating around these days!

Does it Fit Your Baby?

Your baby will require different car seats at different stages in their development. Spend some time reading reviews and message boards to find out what works best for your child at their particular stage.

Is it Easy to Use?

The best car seats are ones that are easy to use. You will be using it almost every single day, so it important to practice it beforehand. Figure out how to buckle your child in as well as strapping the seat into your vehicle. The more you know, the more likely you are to use it properly each and every time which improves the chances for baby being safe in the case of an accident.

Does it fit Your Car?

Different vehicles work better with different car seats, so spend some time researching your particular make and model. This should be no substitute for trying out the car seat in your own vehicle. Some parents will get a better fit than others, so try it before you buy whenever possible!

Get a Second Opinion!

Once you get your car seat installed, get it checked out by a professional before you transport your child in it. This is to ensure that you have it installed properly.

Go with Proven Leaders

As you research, you will quickly find that not all car seats are built alike. Brand names like Britax are known for their safety features, so it's important to do your research. The life of your child is priceless, so don't skimp when it comes to picking out a quality car seat. If you choose a convertible car seat that works for an infant and a toddler, you can get more use out of it which would end up saving you money in the long run.
About the Author
Sarah Jones is a mom on a mission. She is the creator of MyBabyTravelGear.com which features the latest and greatest baby gear and supplies, to help you and your little one travel in comfort and style.
Find a wide assortment of car seats , strollers, diaper bags, carriers and more at her site, http://www.MyBabyTravelGear.com.
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