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Car Seat Buying Guide
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Car Seat Buying Guide

Are you looking for the best convertible car seat for you toddler? Have you already explored the options in the market and now you are confused which one to choose? Don’t worry, there are some common features that you should look for in a car seat before making the final purchase. Here they are:

LATCH connectors

The seat must have a push on hook style LATCH. They are meant to be attached to the lower anchors placed in the crease of the seat of a vehicle. Don’t worry, all cars that were manufactured after 2002 came with LATCH anchors.

Tether strap

If you have a forward facing seat, it must come with a top tether strap. It anchors to the vehicle seat to keep the shell of the car seat secure in order to reduce the potential of head injuries.

Harness system

All the convertible car seats come with an adjustable harness system. You cannot just stick to one length of the harness. As your child grows, the harness has to be adjusted. For rear facing seats, the straps should be at or below the shoulders of the baby. For forward facing seats, the strap should be at or above the baby’s shoulders. You simply have to rethread the strap for adjusting the harness. This is necessary because you have to take care of the comfort of your child.

Recline indicator

It tells if the seat is installed at the correct angle. Different seats have different recline ranges for babies of different ages. Babies recline more when they are young but as they grow older, they get upright. In this way, the passengers in the front seat get more room as the baby grows up.

These are just a few features that you should look out for in a car seat. Do thorough research and buy the seat that fits your baby’s need best.