Car seats are the top priority in keeping your child safe. The car seat ensures they are safely moved from point A to point B with no issues, and protects them fully in the case of an accident. There are multiple types of car seats that parents need to choose from, but using a convertible car seat can easily make it so that parents have a seat they can rely on, one that will grow with the baby, and one that will keep them safe.
When your little one is young, most car seat companies offer infant carriers that snap in and snap out of a base. However, a convertible car seat will be able to protect the baby from birth and up, and can be rear facing for the first few years of life and can be turned to forward facing for their next stage of life. Convertible car seats stay secured in the car. However, the common misconception is that the convertible car seat can be removed from the car and placed in a stroller as well also known as a travel system. They are not portable - they are a fixed part of the car when installed. Many convertible seats have higher limits in rear-facing weight (up to 40–50 pounds) and height than those of rear-facing. This is a feature that makes convertible seats ideal for bigger babies and toddlers, and will grow with your little one. They offer a 5-point harness that attaches at the shoulders, at the hips, and between the legs, ensuring the baby is strapped in tightly. When that time comes (when height or weight limit is met), the seats can easily be turned to face forward.
However, keeping your child rear facing has so many safety benefits, and now the CDC recommends that parents keep their child rear facing until age two, and up to age four. This greatly reduces the risk of injury in an accident or crash. Statistics have shown that proper car seat use has saved the lives of 325 children between birth and 4 years old, and that car seat use reduces the risk for injury in crashes by 71–82% for children as compared to just a seatbelt alone. For the best possible protection, infants and toddlers should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the maximum weight and height limits of their car seat. It is also recommended that the car seat be installed in the middle spot, if possible, as it is the safest place.
Installing the car seat correctly may seem simple; there are multiple instructions that clearly guide parents to properly install a seat. However, on average, a surprising amount of parents install a car seat improperly: somewhere between 75%-90% of parents make this mistake when preparing to transport their little one. However, Bambi Baby, the experts on baby furniture, car seats, strollers, and all other baby needs are well versed and knowledgeable in the proper installation of all car seats. Not only will they install the seats easily, but they will also do so free of charge. The Bambi Baby experts are also knowledgeable in all car seats, and are able to inspect the car seats for free as well! They will install your brand-new car seat properly, so you can be sure that the baby is not only safe at home, but also on the go!