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What Makes a Good Infant/Child Car Seat?

image015An infant/child car seat (sometimes referred to as a convertible car seat) is designed to adapt to your growing baby, beginning as a rear-facing seat (for 2-20 kg, or 5-40 lbs.) and eventually converting to a forward-facing seat (for 10-30 kg, or 20-65 lbs.).*

Babies should remain rear-facing in convertible seats for as long as possible, until they reach the manufacturer’s maximum weight and height limits, at which time the seat can be turned to face forward. And if you find your little one is growing like a weed, not to worry. The top convertible car seats feature higher height and weight limits, so babies can ride rear-facing comfortably for as long as possible. Some seats can accomodate children up to 20 kg (45 lbs.).

When using a rear-facing seat, always make sure the harness straps are at or below shoulder level, and placed in the designated slots as specified in the user’s manual. When using a forward-facing seat, make sure shoulder straps are level with, or just above the child’s shoulders.

* Weights and heights vary by model. Please refer to individual car seat instruction manual for manufacturer recommendation.

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