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Different types of child car seat

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Child car seats are important for the safety of your child while driving. These car seats are designed to protect your child even while a collision. 

There are different types of child seats available in the market. You should use the right one according to your needs of child car seat.

Different types of child car seats

Infant car seat

Infant car seat

This car seat is for infants. Infants are babies from birth until two years of age. These car seats are also known as rear-facing car seats. These car seats are known as rear-facing as the baby will face the rear side of your vehicle.

These infant car seats need replacement as soon as your child gets 2.5 to 3 years old or acquire the mentioned height and weight.

These rear-facing car seats are the safest of all car seats.

You can use the infant car seat only up to the mentioned age and weight.

Pros

These child car seats are portable.

These car seats can serve as infant carriers.

Cons

They will be of no use after your baby turns 3

Convertible child car seat

Convertible child car seat

Convertible child car seats are a great option to choose. These child car seats serve both front-facing and rear-facing.

You can use these child car seats from birth till your child gets 8 years old. It needs only a one-time investment and can be functional for up to 8 years straight. These child car seats are not as portable as infant car seats. Most of these car seats lack any hard base that makes it difficult to change their position. It is also difficult to shift from one car to another.

Also, they cannot be used as infant carriers. So you have to invest separately in an infant carrier.

These child car seats are also heavy to lift and are bulky.

Pros

Requires one-time investment for up to 8 years

Cons

Not portable

Heavyweight

Booster car seat

Booster car seat

These car seats are used for your child from the age of 8 years till he is old enough to use a regular car seat. These car seats are used only in the forward-facing position. These child car seats come in different sizes and heights for better safety. Choose the one which fits best according to your child’s height. Most of these car seats come with their harness, but some child car seats also use car seat belts. These child car seats can be of use until your child gets 13 years old and is old enough to use the actual car seats.

Pros

Forward-facing

Cons

Confusing to choose the right height

All-in-one car seat

All-in-one car seat

Some people call it all-in-one, and others may call it 3-in-1. So as the name suggests, they work well for your child as an infant car seat, convertible car seat, and booster car seat.

Upon one-time investment, you can use this child car seat from infancy until your child is old enough to use the car seat belts. These car seats can be both front-facing child car seats and rear-facing child car seats. It depends upon your child’s age.

Pros

One time investment

Inbuilt infant carrier

Cons

Expensive

Heavyweight

Conclusion

Your user manual will have all the information regarding the weight and height or age of a child suitable for a particular car seat.

Although you have your user manual, yet you should check the car seat thoroughly before purchasing. Your child’s height or weight may not match with the standard ones given in your manual. In this case, try every car seat and check which one fits best for your child.

Mukesh choudhary
Mukesh choudhary
Age may offer experience but my passion for cars brings me expertise. I am extremely good at one thing and that's writing about cars.

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