How To Choose A Car Seat
Does choosing a car seat for your little one feel overwhelming?
We’re here to help! The first thing to know is there is no one “safest” car seat! All car seats for sale in the US meet the same federal crash test standards, regardless of price or extra features.
The safest car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your vehicle, fits your budget, and that you can use correctly every single time. Let’s talk about what that means!
- Must fit your child: Car seats have weight limits and height limits. Make sure the seat you buy fits your child right now and gives them plenty of room to grow.
- Must fit your vehicle: Not all car seats fit in all vehicles. If you can, find a store that will let you try out the car seat in your vehicle before you buy! If you’re shopping online, make sure the seller has a good return policy just in case.
- Must fit your budget: Remember - a more expensive car seat doesn’t mean it will necessarily work better for your child. It’s more important that the car seat fits your child, your vehicle, and that you can use it correctly!
- Must be used correctly every time: Buying a car seat with lots of extra features but not using it correctly won’t keep your child safer. Make sure the car seat you choose is one you can use confidently and correctly.
Want expert help making sure your car seat is installed and used correctly? Book an appointment with a local CPST and become car seat confident!
Guest Post by Britney Schroeder, CPST (@buckleandlatch)