One of the most important accessories that you’ll ever purchase for your child is an infant car seat. Looking at the different features that are outlined in baby trend car seats reviews is quite helpful when picking out the just the right seat that suits your preferences. So here are some car seats along with the details of their distinct qualities that might help you in making this very important choice for your baby.
What to Look For
When searching for an infant car seat, you’re looking at more than just the “cute factor.” Instead, safety features are the most imperative aspect of the product since the goal is to provide a safe and comfortable transport for your baby. Here are some ideas to guide you in your search.
Most infant seats come in similar sizes that allow for growth until the child has reached the age or weight (depending on the laws in your state) to be placed in a larger safety seat.
Nonetheless, if you have a small backseat in your vehicle, you might have some difficulty in finding the ideal infant safety seat, especially since you’ll be looking for a rear-facing item, which is a safety standard for newborns up to approximately a year old.
If this is the case, you might consider purchasing a safety seat that does not require a base, since that particular part tends to add more bulk.
Base Level Indicator
One feature you might look for is some sort of gauge on the base that lets you know whether or not it is level and sitting firmly in the backseat. This feature usually resembles a clear, plastic, curved “crescent-shaped” with a color-coded and/or labeled indicator with a small bead inside of the plastic container.
When the bead is in the middle of the graph or in the green area (in the case of a color-coded indicator), then the base is level and is less likely to tip to one side or the other.
Another trait is the position of the loops through which you will be routing the seatbelt to ensure that the device is secure and won’t move around, especially if you absolutely have to make a sudden stop.
For the most part, these are uniform throughout most models of seats, but looking at how the seatbelt will be situated is quite helpful. For example, the routing path needs to be easy to access to where the seatbelt is fastened from one side to the other.
Also, depending on the model of your vehicle, you might consider an infant seat that has a routing path that can accommodate both a simple lap belt and one with both lap and shoulder belts.
Harness and Clips
Also, you might zoom in to examine the built-in harness belts that go around the baby’s upper torso to secure him or her into the seat itself. They should be easy to fasten and have a wide width for more comfort.
Plus, they should not twist or slide easily because this can cause severe injuries or burns in the event of an accident.
At the same time, you should be able to adjust these straps to make room for growth. One other factor to keep in mind is that this buckle or clip should decrease any strap twisting as well.
Some baby safety seats come with a built-in cushion that is shaped similar to a horseshoe and provides extra padding around the head.
The cushion serves to stabilize the baby’s head since very young infants still don’t have enough strength in their neck and upper back muscles to hold their own head in position.
In relation to an auto accident, this cushion will protect the baby’s head from bumping against the top and sides of the seat.
In some seats, this padding is removable or adjustable while some seats do not come equipped with this feature. If that is the case, you might consider purchasing this padding separately.
This feature applies mostly to the infant carriers that also serve the purpose of a carrier. Some come equipped with an adjustable recline which can be helpful in reclining the baby into the ideal 45-degree angle that he or she needs to be in for optimal comfort and safety.
This feature can also prop up a young toddler or older infant into more of a sitting position once they become of age for facing forward.
Reinforced Carrying Handle
Believe it or not, this has nothing to do with how much of a grip you’ll have on the handle. Consider closely examining the handle to make sure it’s made from durable material and is attached securely.
A reinforced handle means that it will not break as easily or at all if you were to get into an accident.
So to get you started in your search for the ideal baby safety seat, here are some suggestions.
1. The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35
- A five-point harness that adjusts and fastens from the front
- The “Click Connect system” that allows for this seat to be attached to other Graco items, such as the stroller and base (The base is included.)
- The dimensions of 28 inches in length, 18.66 inches in width, and 15.59 inches in height which means it’s not extremely huge or cumbersome
- An adjustable canopy to provide shade and a “boot” or leg covering that spans from toes to waist to keep your baby warm and comfortable
Furthermore, this item has been crash-tested and was found to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards and has received the SafeSeat Engineered seal. On the inside of the seat, you will find padding fabricated from EPS or energy-absorbing foam that manages energy from an impact, so your baby will ride in comfort and safety.
2. Safety 1st Light ‘n Comfy Elite Infant Car Seat
- Side impact protection
- A 5-point harness that adjusts in the front to four different heights to make room for a growing baby
- A base in which you can place the seat into
- Adjustable handle and canopy
- A washable insert for tinier newborns who require a snug fit.
3. Evenflo SafeMax Infant Car Seat
- A lightweight frame that is designed to absorb much of the shock upon impact
- A base that contains an anti-rebound bar that absorbs and dissipates energy caused by a crash
- A recline indicator with a color code that corresponds to the age of the baby to help with correct installation
- The Sure Safe Latch guides also make for simple installation and security of the unit in vehicles that are equipped with low-latch anchors.
- Side Impact Protection and above the baby’s head
- Interior fabric made from a temperature-regulating material to ensure comfort in hot or cold weather
- A padded ergonomic handle for easy carrying.
4. Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35 Infant Car Seat
This infant car seat comes in a gender-neutral combination of charcoal and black, and some interesting features that include:
- Padded sides and a two-stage insert to create a perfect fit for newborns and later on, for older babies.
- The “European Belt Path which is located at the back of the infant carrier for a secure hold. This seat can be used with or without a base because of the color-coded belt path that facilitates fast installation and removal.
- The base itself which has an anti-rebound bar to prevent the seat from moving back upon impact and is compatible with the seatbelt or LATCH fastening.
- The curved shape at the bottom that allows for a better fit on the backseat and less chance for tipping over
- A unique shell-like shape
- An interior made from a jersey-like material that increases air circulation to enhance comfort.
- A 5-point harness that does not have to be re-threaded when the side impact protection is adjusted according to the baby’s size.
5. Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat
This is another infant safety carrier that contains a padded insert for a snug fit and a “boot” for additional warmth if needed, but some other safety and comfort features include:
- The side impact protection that utilizes air cushioning to protect your baby
- The base that consists of rebound protection as well
- A “snap-and-go” quality which allows for a secure fit into the base
- The handle that is uniquely and ergonomically shaped for comfortable carriage
- A canopy made from sturdy, protective material
Out of all of these models, the Evenflo carrier seems to have all of the safety and comfort features previously mentioned. Knowing that it has been tested in a rollover-type crash would give me more reassurance of its protective qualities.
The side impact protection and rebound bar, to me, are extra assurances of protection, plus this padding would serve well to keep a newborns head in a stable position. And speaking of position, the indicators seem easy to read and helpful.
I also like the guides that make the whole seatbelt issue easier to handle because I would be able to see where exactly the belt needs to go and in which direction. The installation, overall, would go smoothly.
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