When you become a parent, nothing is more important that the safety of your child. But, the reality is that when determining which car seat to buy for our kiddos, we are overwhelmed with choices. Today's car seat market holds a plethora of options when it comes to size, type, color, and restraint system of car seats.
Thankfully, there are a few simple basics that, if followed, will make this oh-so-important purchase one that is hassle free.
3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Car Seat
- Find out how many car seats fit in each row of seats. This is a huge issue, especially since all cars are made so differently and car seats come in so many different sizes. It's important to know the limits of how many car seats can safely fit in your particular vehicle so that you can optimize your vehicle's cabin space safely.
- Know your child's height and weight. This may seem like a no-brainer but the fact is that our children are growing everyday. Keeping tabs on their height and weight is crucial, especially since most car seats only fit kids up to a certain age, weight, or height. Knowing your kids' stats is extremely important when deciding which car seat to get and even which way to have them face.
- Get help from a trusted source. Let's face it. We parents are pretty smart, but we don't know everything! Consult the experts when it comes to deciding on a proper car seat/restraint system for your child. For example, the Car Seat Check page on Cars.com has loads of information related to proper installation of car seats and even vehicle specific info, like which car seats work best in your specific model of vehicle. You'll appreciate all of their helpful videos and information on car and car seat specifics.
Our kids are our most precious gifts and a big part of my family's life revolves around going to different routine, daily places. Putting some thought and effort into making sure their car seats are going to be reliable in case of an accident, is what gives me peace of mind as we go throughout our day-to-day happenings. It's totally worth the extra effort and research.
What are your best tips for finding the perfect car seat?
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.