Pros And Cons Of Different Safety Seats

Pros And Cons Of Different Safety Seats

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Parents have a lot of options when buying car safety seats. Today, we’re going to explore them in more detail. Specifically, I’ll describe a few of the inherent advantages and drawbacks for several types of models. In the end, drivers who have young children will be able to use the information to make the buying decision that best suits their needs. Let’s get started.

For Infants Only

Pros and cons aside, if you have a child under the age of 9 months, this is the only type of seat that is appropriate for them (besides convertibles). The biggest advantage is that they’re designed for maximum convenience. You’ll be able to move your baby in and out of your vehicle easily. The main drawback? They only last a year or less, depending upon how quickly your infant outgrows it.

The Convertible

Convertibles are a great choice for parents who don’t want to deal with buying a new safety seat when their baby outgrows the infant-only models. They can be used for babies and a lot of the newer models can accommodate kids up to 80 lbs. The disadvantage of using a convertible is that it can’t be used as a convenient carrier. So, it’s not appropriate if you’re doing a lot of errands.

Give Your Child A Boost

Boosters offer parents a lot of flexibility and that’s not necessarily a benefit. The point of a booster is to help transition a child from using a seat’s safety harness to using the vehicle belts. By propping a child up, boosters can prevent the belts from crossing the neck or face. The problem is that a lot of parents begin using boosters too soon. Experts recommend keeping children in models that use harnesses for as long as possible. The advantage of a booster is that they’re comparatively inexpensive to other options.

Integrated Options

Newer SUVs and minivans are coming from the factory already equipped with safety seats built directly into the vehicle. They’re only appropriate for children who weigh over 20 lbs. The advantage is that the built-ins are convenient; they transform easily into standard seating. The drawback is that they’re not great for protecting children from side collisions. Plus, if your toddler is riding in someone else’s vehicle, you’re going to need to provide a safety seat anyway. Integrated built-ins are a nice option to have. But, they’re not a perfect solution.

Making The Right Choice

So, which model should you purchase? If you’re not planning to run a lot of errands, a convertible will suit you well as your baby grows into a toddler. Otherwise, an infant-only model is likely a better choice due to its carrier convenience. From that point, remember that experts suggest using the harness as long as possible before transitioning a child to your vehicle’s safety belts.

Author: ParentingMaven

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