Bringing home your little one can be both exciting and stressful. We were thrilled to finally be able to bring baby Gray home, but I was so nervous to expose him to the outside dangers.
To make sure he was extra secure on the car ride home, we attended a car seat class prior to his arrival. This was held at our local hospital. They even performed inspections after the class. Below, I shared my take away from the course.
- Purchasing the proper seat: Babies are suggested to be rear facing till at least 2 years of age. After they have out grown the rear facing seat, they can move to a forward facing one.
- Installation: This is wear the inspection came in handy. You can either use the seat belt or anchors to install your car seat. For our first seat we used the seat belt to secure the base. Lengthwise, the car seat/base must fit 80% of your vehicle seat’s bottom. The car seat is too big if it is hanging off more than 20% of the vehicle seat. The seats in the back of our truck are small, so we actually had to move the car seat to follow these guidelines. You can look up your local inspection location here.
- Adjusting the harness: To make sure the 5-point harness is secure you can perform the pinch test. Some cart seats even have a diagram on the harness to show where to place the chest clip.
- Upgrading to a bigger seat: Be sure to follow the weight, height and age limits for the seat you have. You don’t need to be in a rush to move to forward facing.
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Grayson has now almost out grown his newborn car seat in height, so we have made the transition to a convertible one. When doing my research, I found that I liked this Chicco one best. We are using it as rear-facing.
The NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat can be used from newborn to preschool. This seat has a steel-reinforced frame and is lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam for superior side-impact protection. On top of its superior safety ratings, it has a Zip & Wash seat pad that easily zips out from shell for machine washing. Parents, how amazing is this?! A few of my other favorite features include the 9-position leveling system (see picture below). This makes it adjustable to fit in your car properly, as well as making your little one comfortable. I also chose this car seat because we will be able to use it up until Grayson is 65lbs. It’s nice to have a seat he will grow with. Additional features of the NextFit can be found here.
I highly recommend this car seat to other parents. It’s safe, secure and comfortable for our little one.
Did you know three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly? You can take the steps necessary to prevent this. To read more about car seat safety, check out The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.