One of the ways of ensuring that your child is safe when travelling is buying a car seat for him/her. When buying the seat you need to consider a number of factors such as:
Age of the child
Different ages are ideal for different types of seats. If your child is under the age of six months go for a seat with a rear facing restraint. If the child is between 6 months and 4 years, go for a rear facing seat or forward facing restraint. Children between the ages of 4 years and 7 years should travel in a booster seat or a forward facing restraint.
Ease of installation
How easy is it to install the car seat? Different seats have different levels of installation difficulties. There are two ways you can install the units: using a seatbelt or using the LATCH system. While both ways are effective, most parents have reported that it’s difficult installing the unit using a seat belt.
Going by these statistics, it’s safe to say that you should consider buying a seat that you can install using the LATCH system. Before making the purchase, always test how fast you are able to install the seat.
Ease of cleaning
If you have toddlers you know that messy accidents are inevitable. The child can sneeze or even vomit on the seat. To make easy to clean the seat, go for one made from easy to clean materials such as nylon. You can also consider covering the seat with a plastic especially if you are travelling long distances.
Toddlers become nimble with their fingers at a very young age. If you aren’t keen, they can escape the car seat which can be catastrophic. To protect the baby, go for a car seat with a two piece clip. This is to make it difficult for the child to undo the seat belt.
These are some of the factors that you should consider when buying a child car seat. For the seat to last for long buy it from a reputable store. When installing it, avoid making mistakes that put your child at danger.
Some of the common mistakes that you should avoid include: installing the safety seat too loosely, placing the seat at the wrong angle, unlocking the safety belt and improperly spacing the safety seat and the front of the seat. If you don’t know how to properly install the unit, ask a knowledgeable person to help you.