Taking long-distance travels with the kids requires proper planning, and having the right car seat for your children should be your top priority. This seat is meant to keep the kids safe and comfortable when riding in the car. Below, we have compiled a list of parents' common mistakes when shopping for car seats to help you avoid them.
Research the different types and uses of car seats to find the perfect car seat for your child. Ideally, it should be a good fit for their age and weight, meet the recommended motor vehicle safety standards, and be able to fit in your car. Once you go to the store, read the seat's manual first, and then try fitting it in your car before making that purchase decision.
Think ahead regarding the benefits you want from your choice of car seat. For example, when shopping for an infant seat, consider one with a base on which to secure the car seat. This would allow you to remove the seat with ease and without disturbing your napping infant.
Consider the seat combo options that can also convert into a stroller, coming in handy with other functions and saving you money on a piece of extra baby equipment. Also, consider how easy it would be to remove and clean the seat's fabric should the need arise.
A newborn baby comes with a financial burden, but going for a second-hand car seat should never be a way of cutting down the costs. Car seats come with expiration dates too, and an expired one may fail to offer the necessary protection to your child.
Do not reuse seats that have been in an accident as they may be compromised, making them unsafe in case of an accident in the future. Always budget for a new car seat if you plan on traveling with your kid in the car.
Taking time to fill your car seat's registration card is essential. Doing so will put you on a mailing list where you can get notified by the manufacturer if there are any safety recalls. They will notify you if they find your car seat non-compliant, so it doesn't pose a risk to your child. As a plus, you might receive some coupons and discounts for shopping with them.
Anything extra like cocoons, pillows, covers, and strap protectors that did not come with the car seat could pose a danger to the child in case of an accident, as these items haven't been crash-tested by the car seat manufacturer.
The best car seat is one that is age-appropriate for your child, fits properly into your car, lies within your budget, and has all the right gear for its proper use every time. Do your research to make the best possible purchase.