There are many different makes of child car seat and the price range is also very large, although it is not necessarily the case that expense means better build quality. All seats must conform to the standards set and so even a cheap seat will be safe – whether it will be very hard wearing or have the extra features you as a parent or carer might want is another matter. Unless you are a child minder dealing with only one age of child you will want a seat that ‘grows’ with your child and there are many on the market which, with the addition or removal of various elements, can see your child through from one or two years of age right through to twelve (or whenever he or she is old enough not to need a booster cushion). These are obviously great value and will include padding and harnesses for the younger child which are then removed so the older toddler and then pre-teen can have the basic seat cover and utilise the car seat belt. Some manufacturers use age as a guide for suitability, others use weight, but babies need very specific seats which hold the head still in the event of an accident and you should always look for that when buying.
Child car seat features can be confusing
When researching for child car seat features, you may find yourself bogged down with alternatives and you would be right to be confused. What you should concentrate on is anything that adds to the safety of the child – washable covers and cartoon characters on the harnesses are neither here nor there. The ease of fixing, the stability of the base and the harness points are the only real things that matter – your child is only safe when correctly seated in a child car seat correctly fitted and after that there are no ifs or buts.
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