BEFORE YOU KNOW IT...

If your baby is between 12 – 36 months of age that means, you will need a toddler car seat. We know, time runs fast. Your baby grows almost as quick as a wink. His needs change as he develops. You, on the other hand want to learn what best and safest options are for those needs. Then, It’s the right time for you to choose your baby’s new place at the back seat of your car.

Car seats are categorized relevantly by children’s ages. In this point most probably, you will be hearing some terms and words about car seats. Therefore, you will be curious about meanings of those terms and words. What is is the difference between forward-facing and rear-facing? Which types of car seats are the right choices for your toddler? Which type of car seats are safest for your children? Is the car seat you’ve chosen suitable for your car? And what is the best option for your budget?

In our article, you are going to find out all the answers you were looking for, in simpliest way.

BEST SEATS FOR 1-2 YEARS OLD

This phase is when rear-facing child safety systems take over…

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BEST SEATS FOR 2-3 YEARS OLD

Rear-facing position is enough, ready for the position changing?

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SAFETY GUIDE

Read before using it, doesn’t matter what kind of car seat you have…

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BUYING GUIDE

Read detailed guide before buying the best choice for your child…

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PRODUCT LIST
Best Car Seat Products For 1-2 Years Old Toddler

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat

Extended rear-facing, removable and washable pouch, soft plushes ,comfortable sleep for the babies. With a weight of 23 pounds, it has a durable level structure up to 85 pounds toddler weight limit…

Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

Easy installation is one of the indispensable features of this convertible. The weight limit is between 5 and 100 pounds and with a high level of safety, it pushes the limits of the tests … Do not forget to check the swivel cup holders feature which makes it “SlimFit”

Evenflo Symphony Elite All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

One of the most packed convertible seats that you can find most of the features you are looking for. Weight limits between 5-110 pounds, SureLATCH system, easy usage make this product worth checking out.

Best Car Seat Products For 2-3 Years Old Toddler

Britax Frontier ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat


Thanks to the technology they call “Click Tight” installing it is as easy as using a seat belt. Both the shock absorbing parts and the strong body frame are made of quality and reliable materials…

Chicco KidFit 2-in-1 Belt Positioning Booster Car Seat


Small details that always create magic. The booster extension is not from the neck area, but from the waist area. Even this feature alone makes the product worth checking out, there are other technologies like the LATCH tightener increase curiosity even more…

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat


One of the most accepted seat models. The comfort it offers is at the level of keeping the babies asleep even during the impact. The fact that it has successfully passed the safety tests at the level that meets the federal standards is proof of this….

Guides and Information

TODDLER CAR SEAT TYPES

Toddlers are:

12- 36 months of age,
20-40 lbs of weight

4 phases of child development:

Infant: 0-12 months
Toddler: 12-36 months
Pre-Schooler: 36-48 months
Big Kid: 48 months and up

CONVERTIBLE CAR SEATS

Type of car seat which can be used in two ways, either rear-facing or forward-facing. That’s why those called “convertible”. They can be used at transition stage from infant to the toddler phase of your baby. In this way, you don’t have to buy different seats for different phases of growing.

FORWARD FACING CAR SEATS

As the name implies, those types can be used only as forward-facing position. These seats are only for one purpose as they are suitable for the periodic usage. Therefore, the usage of this type of seats is no longer very common. You can start using forward-facing seat after your baby is at least 15 months old.

3 IN 1 CAR SEATS

You can think of this one as a +1 feature addition to the convertible seats. Because, It has a structure which can be converted to booster seat later on. This makes it more advantageous comparing the other 2 types we mentioned above. You can just buy this once and use at the all stages of your child’s development.

4 IN 1 CAR SEATS

we can say that this one is the newest and longest life model. It can be used in:

  • Rear-facing mode | Forward-facing mode | Highback booster mode | Backless booster mode

In short, 4 different modes are available and can be used up to 120 lbs. A10 year service life ensures the longest usage. You can even continue using it after a certain age, weight and height of your toddler. Hence, this type is aimed to hold your toddler onto itself as long as possible. In this way,you can provide the maximum safety by using a 4 in 1.

** REMINDER ABOUT EXPIRATION **

For your baby’s safety, You should not forget that all child restraint systems have an expiration date.

WHEN CAN TODDLER CAR SEAT FACE FORWARD?

REVERSING THE CAR SEAT

* Your baby’s transition from rear facing to forward – facing must take place at least 15 months old. Besides, experts say rear-facing position is safer to use until the age of 4.
 
* Your toddler’s age and size(weight and height) besides, model and interior structure of your car play an important role.
car seat impact illustrated

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TODDLER CAR SEAT BUYING GUIDE

When choosing a new child seat, make sure that it fits in your car (or cars, if you use it in more than one) and is suitable for the height and weight of your child.

1- Is the child car seat suitable for my child?

It is very important to make sure that the child car seat is suitable for your child’s weight and height. Refer to the manufacturers guidelines on each car seat.

2- Is the child car seat suitable for the type of car I drive?

The shape of car seats, the length of seatbelts and the position of seatbelt anchor points are different in different cars. So, not all child seats fit all cars. For instance, the seatbelt in a particular car may be too short to go around a particular child seat. Make sure you check that the child seat you buy will fit in your car and that it will fit in all the seat positions you intend to use it (for example, the back passenger side, the third row in people carrier, and so on). The manufacturer’s instructions should help you fit the child car seat. However, when you buy it, it is always best to have it fitted by an expert, and to be shown how to fit it correctly yourself.

3- Did I get expert advice when I was choosing the car seat?

Make sure you get advice from a child car seat expert retailer or the RSA child car seat expert. Some retailers know more than others about suitable options of child car seats. An expert will be able to advise you on which type of car seat is suitable for your child’s height and weight. You should also choose a retailer who can expertly fit the child car seat into your car to make sure it is a suitable match. They should also show you how the child car seat should be fitted into your car.

4- Are the instructions easy to understand and follow?

Make sure the child car seat comes with an instruction manual. Try to have the car seat fitted into the car before you buy it. Ask the expert to show you how to fit the car seat. If this is not possible, you should make sure that there is an easy-to-follow instruction manual with the seat and that you fully understand it.

5- Did I think about airbags?

It is very dangerous and an offence to place a rearward-facing child car seat in the front seat if the front seat is protected by an active frontal airbag. Make sure the child seat can be fitted in the back.

6- Does my car have back seats?

While it is recommended that children travel in the back seat away from airbags and the dashboard, if you must place the child car seat in the front, make sure that the seat is appropriate to the child’s weight and height. A rearward-facing child car seat must not be used in the front seat where there is an active airbag. Remember to choose the biggest and strongest child to go in the front.

Think carefully about driving with a child in the front seat – even in the forward position. You must make sure that the passenger seat is rolled back as far away from the dashboard as possible. This could help to reduce the severity of injuries that may be caused to your child if the airbag is released. Remember – airbags are designed for adults. A child, even in a child car seat, does not replicate (copy) the typical position of an adult in the passenger seat.

7- Does my car have the ISOFIX system?

Check if your vehicle(s) has an ISOFIX system suitable for the seat. Ask whether an additional top tether on the seat is needed for extra stability. A top tether is connected to the top of the child car seat and is attached to extra anchor points in the car – for example, in the boot. Some seats have a ‘foot’ that extends to the vehicle floor for stability. If this is the case, check that it does not rest on the cover of an underfloor compartment as this may be unsafe.

8- Should I buy a second-hand car seat?

It is better to buy a new car seat. However, if you decide to buy a second-hand car seat, you need to be aware of certain risks and ask some important questions. For example:

  • How old is the seat? Generally, manufacturers recommend use of car seats for no more than 5 years due to wear and tear and possible weakened parts. Check the manufacturer manual for advice.
  • Has the seat ever been in a crash? You should be satisfied about the history of the child car seat. Damage might not be visible, so you should inspect it thoroughly and make sure the frame has not been weakened or damaged. If there was more than bumper damage caused to the car, you should consider replacing the child car seat.
  • Are there parts missing? You should be certain that all the parts required to fit the seat safely are there and intact – for example, lock-off clips, tensioning wheels, and so on.
  • Does it meet the EU standards? You should investigate whether the seat conforms to EU standards. Remember to look for the E-mark.
  • Will it fit my car? You should also be certain that the seat it suitable for your child and is compatible with your car.
  • Does it still have the manual and fitting instructions? You should make sure that the seat comes with a manufacturer’s manual and fitting instructions.

9- Does the seat I’ve chosen meet the correct state standard?

Every state in U.S. has it’s own laws and regulations about car seats. And laws can be updated year by year. Better off you check your state laws about car seats before you buy or during using it. Also, you should be aware state laws will vary if you plan to traveling between. This can be somewhat confusing. But considering the safety of you and your family, it is a must.

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