Baby Car Seats - Buying Your Newborn Baby Its First Car Seat

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Even if you do not possess a motor vehicle or have access to one, it will be required by you to obtain a car seat for your baby, especially if you have your baby away from home. Many hospitals will not allow you to leave until they see that your baby is properly strapped into an appropriate restraint, even if it is in a friend's car or a taxi. If you are intending to borrow a car seat from friends or family members or buying one second hand, investigate its history to ensure that it has never been involved in a collision.

You should ideally consider the purchase of a car seat well before the birth of your child. It is vital that you choose the correct restraint that corresponds with the baby's age and weight. Make sure that the seat you have chosen fits into your vehicle and that it is properly installed. A child seat that is correctly installed should not move sideways as it is held firmly in place by the seat belt. Practise fitting the seat whilst it is empty and ensure that it does not move.

Car Restraint Sizes Available
For those who are unfamiliar with such things, it can be confusing figuring out the sizes of baby car seats. Many manufacturers use a rating system such as Group 0 and 0+: others use stages. The safest option is to choose the seat consistent with the baby's weight, which is usually indicated on the packaging. A salesperson will be able to assist you.

Infant Carriers as the First Restraint
Babies up to 10 kg in weight should be in a restraint that faces the rear of the vehicle. This style is called an infant carrier. Ideally, your baby should use this style of seat for as long as possible provided their weight does not go over 10 kg and the crown of their head does not sit above the edge of the top of the seat.

New babies sleep most of the time. An positive aspect of this style of seat is that you are able to move them in and out of the vehicle without disturbing them. They have a handle to make this task simpler and many have a pillow known as a headhugger that cradles the baby's head, preventing it from making sudden sideways movements.

The good things about this style of restraint are as follows:

* the ability to move the baby in and out of the car without disturbance

* some have a rocking motion so they can double as a rocking chair in the home

* if you have a travel system, it will fit straight into the pram

There are some problems with these seats, though.

* as the baby gets heavier, it becomes difficult to carry

* the majority of these seats will cramp your baby, so they should not be used for long periods of sleep

* the seat is useful for only for nine to twelve months, after which you will need|have| to buy a forward facing seat

Combination Car Seats May Be the Answer
Combination car seats can be used in either direction, initially as a rear facing seat and then changed to face forward when your baby is old enough and confident enough to sit up without assistance. These are heavier than infant carriers and must remain in the car. You should check if this type of seat will fit into your vehicle, especially with smaller makes.

Whatever type of baby car seat you decide to use, it should never be used in a front seat where an airbag is installed. It is a good idea to have your vehicle inspected out by a professional. Many car dealerships provide free car seat checks.

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