Becoming a parent for the first time involves a huge amount of learning, as there are hundreds of things involved which childless people will have had no reason to come across before, nor had any incentive to learn about.
When you first learn of the impending new arrival, your thoughts will probably be taken up with decorating and equipping a nursery, buying clothes, bottles, and much more, but many people don’t think of a baby car seat until later on in the pregnancy. It’s very important to make sure you know what to look for in a seat, as after all, you’ll need one on your baby’s very first journey, from the hospital back to home.
For this first journey, you’ll need a seat that faces towards the rear of your vehicle. This provides the best protection in the event of an impact for an infant who is unable yet to support the weight of their own head. The seat will be nicely reclined backward, providing a safe and comfortable cocoon for your baby.
These rear-facing seats are only suitable for younger infants. Once they’ve grown to weigh around 20 pounds or the top of their head is nearing the upper edge of the seat and thus no longer protected properly, you’ll need to move to a forward-facing seat.
These seats are much more upright, but better models can be adjusted to provide a more horizontal position to help your toddler sleep during longer journeys. Because of the upright position, it’s essential that your child is able to sit up on their own before using this kind of seat. Forward-facing seats are built to last for a fair few years, and most will be good until your child reaches the age of 4 or 6.
As stated in Baby Seats Blogspot, there are two (2) extremely important things to bear in mind when buying a car seat.
You should be very careful when buying one that isn’t brand new. Although it might seem like an economy to get a secondhand seat, there’s no way of knowing for sure its history. It may have been involved in an accident at some point in the past, resulting in weaknesses that may not be visible to the naked eye. These weaknesses could endanger your baby even in a minor accident. You should only buy a used seat when you can be absolutely sure of the history – such as when buying off close friends or family.
Baby car seats shouldn’t be fitted in front seats where an airbag is fitted. In an accident, the inflation of the airbag could cause serious injury or suffocation to a child, so always fit car seats in the rear of the vehicle in this case.