One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle in Pakistan. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the key features and advantages of car seats available at Paaray.com. To keep kids as safe as possible on the road, choose the seat that’s best suited to their age, height, and weight. Steer clear of used or secondhand seats, which can be unsafe.
Your baby’s age, weight and height will determine which seat you need, and there are three main types of car seats: infant car seat, convertible car seat and booster car seat.
Infant car seats
Infant car seats fit babies snugly during the first year or so, depending on the seat and size of your baby. They face the rear of the car and carry babies up to 22 or even 35 pounds and 29 to 32 inches tall.
They are designed to support an infant’s back, head and neck. This car seat does double duty as a carrier, allowing baby to nap during trips in and out of the car. Infant car seats also attach easily to compatible strollers to create a car seat/stroller combo.
Why buy an Infant Car Seat
Although most newborns fit in a convertible car seat, experts agree that babies under 20 pounds. are better off in the smaller infant car seats. They’re contoured to hold newborns securely and offer good support in all the right places.
Infant car seats are smaller and lighter than convertible car seats and usually have a handle for easy carrying. They snap in and out of a base you install in the car, and in and out of your stroller, so you can transfer your baby from place to place without waking him. In contrast, the larger and heavier convertible car seats must be installed in the car. When you reach your destination you have to unbuckle your baby and transfer him to a stroller or other carrier.
The disadvantage of an infant car seat is financial: When your child outgrows it, you’ll have to buy a convertible model. Larger babies may outgrow the seat long before age 1, while smaller babies may fit in the seat until their first birthday or beyond. (Babies tend to exceed the height limit for an infant car seat before the weight limit.)
Convertible car seats
Looking for long-term value? Convertible car seats grows with your child from newborn through toddler years. When switching to forward-facing, keep in mind, children should remain rear-facing until they are at least two years of age.
Convertible car seats are larger and heavier than infant-only car seats. They face the back of the car at first and later turn to face forward, carrying children from birth to somewhere between 40 and 80 pounds and up to 50 inches tall, depending on the seat.
Another type of convertible seat known as a 3-in-1 or all-in-one car seat can change from rear-facing to forward-facing, then into a booster seat for children up to 100 pounds.
Why buy a Convertible Car Seat
Lesser financial burden
It’s cheaper to buy a convertible car seat for a newborn instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible. But experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their newborn seems to be swimming in a convertible seat, and they have to use head rests, towels, or other cushioning to prop him safely in place until he grows into the seat.
A Convertible car seat supports children from birth to somewhere between 40 and 80 pounds and up to 50 inches tall. This means it will grow with your child from newborn through toddler years.
A convertible car seat is less convenient for you at first: Convertible seats are heavy. And unlike infant car seats, they have to be installed in the car rather than clicked into a base that’s installed in the car – so you can’t easily take them in and out of the car, carry your baby in them, or snap them into a stroller.
Booster car seats
Used for older children, a booster car seat secures your child with an integrated harness or the car’s seat belt. They are designed for children age 4 and older who weigh at least 40 pounds. Two main types of booster seats are available: High-back or chair-style seats that support your child’s rear, torso, neck, and head; and backless seats that raise her rear so that she sits higher in your car’s own seat. Booster seats usually are not secured to the vehicle seat with the seat belt or lower anchor and tether but simply rest on the vehicle seat and are held in place once the seat belt is fastened over the child. However, some models of booster seats can be secured to the vehicle seat and kept in place using the lower anchors or top tether.
High-back boosters should be used in vehicles without head rests or with low seat backs. Many seats that look like high-back boosters are actually combination seats. They come with harnesses that can be used for smaller children and then removed for older children. Backless boosters are usually less expensive and are easier to move from one vehicle to another. Backless boosters can be used safely in vehicles with head rests and high seat backs.
Why buy a Booster Car Seat
Seat belts designed to fit adult bodies don’t hold children securely. That’s where booster seats come in. In a crash, children who use a booster seat lessen their chance of injury by 45 percent because the booster does exactly what its name suggests: It boosts your child up so that your vehicle’s lap and shoulder belts restrain her safely. Without a booster seat, an adult seat belt can actually cause injury in the event of a crash rather than prevent it.
Most high-back boosters come with clips on the sides; the best ones have clips at several heights to accommodate your child as he grows. A backless booster may come with a separate belt-positioning clip and handles or guides near your child’s hips, under (or sometimes over) which you route the lap belt and the lower end of the shoulder belt.
Some high-back boosters have padded “wings” that function as headrests, which are useful if your child still tends to fall asleep in the car.
Some car- and booster-seat combos have a recline feature, but they’re not recommended because they put too much pressure on a reclining child’s groin in a crash. Also, keep in mind that the normal angle of recline for a car’s seat back is 20 to 30 degrees from vertical – any more than this and there’s a risk that your child could slide under the seat belt in his booster seat in a crash.