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Car Seats Buying Guide
Choosing a Car Seat
Buying the right car seat is paramount to your child’s safety. At Lussobaby we make it easy to find the right style of car seat at the right price. Here, we’ll help you figure out how to select a car seat that’s right for your baby, and that fits your vehicle and your lifestyle.
What it is: Designed for babies from birth to around 20 pounds, a rear-facing infant-only car seat is the best bet for newborns.
Why You Should Get One: They are not only the safest for babies but also convenient for parents since they double as baby carriers that can be attached to a stroller or simply taken outside the car and into the home or elsewhere without disturbing baby. Most infant-only car seats have a base that stays in the car so the seat can be easily clicked in or out instead of buckling into the vehicle.
CONVERTIBLE CAR SEATS
What it is: A good option for budget-conscious parents who would rather invest in one car seat that lasts from birth to toddler years. Depending on the model, a convertible car seat can allow baby to sit rear-facing to 30-35 pounds and forward-facing to 40-65 pounds.
Why You Should Get One: Convertible car seats grow with your baby, which means parents need not worry about having to purchase a new car seat as baby becomes a toddler.
COMBINATION CAR SEATS
What it is: These forward-facing car seats feature a 5-point harness for use on children under a certain weight limit. As the child grows, the car seat transforms into a belt-positioning booster car seat.
Why You Should Get One: Ideal for large or tall children, combination car seats feature a reasonably tall shell, higher harness weight limits and wide shoulder belt slots for booster mode.
What it is: Booster seats help the vehicle seat belt fit better on toddlers that are at least four years old and 40 pounds.
High-Back Booster Seats: The booster seats have a tall back to give extra support and protection to your child’s upper body. A booster seat makes a child taller and thus offers a better fit with a vehicle car seat.
Low-Back Booster Seats: These booster seats are ideal for children who are not yet tall enough or heavy enough to use the vehicle seat belt without aid. Consisting of a platform-type seat with short armrests, these booster seats often feature built-in guides for the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt. A child that sits taller in the car with the aid of a booster seat will be safer since the lap portion of the belt will sit on his hips instead of the stomach.
REAR-FACING VS. FORWARD-FACING
Experts recommend that babies should be rear-facing for as long as possible. Studies show that toddlers up to age two are up to five times safer in the rear-facing position. Read your car seat manual carefully to learn the weight and age limits for your specific model.