When it comes to baby car seats and accessories, there is one feature that is more important than any other, namely safety.

My thing is when buying car seats and accessories for my own children is always to go through many tests to ensure that everything about them is safe.

After all, they are the most precious to us, they mean the world to us and I speak for all parents that keeping them safe is one of our top priorities.

They travel long distances in the car seat with us, so only the best is good enough!baby-car-seat

Very Important of Buying a New Car Seat

Do not buy a second hand car seat because you will never know if it has gone through an accident or if it has lost some important parts. It’s not worth it when it comes to your child’s life.

Keep in mind that technology is constantly evolving for the car seat when it comes to safety.

The car seat is always advancing, you definitely do not want to miss out on the opportunity there.

You must make sure that you have this 5-point harness

In nearly all modern car seats there are 5-point harness( two shoulder straps, two waist straps, and one strap between the legs that meet in the middle),but in some cases u still see 3-point harness that are out there but does are rare.

Infant Car Seat vs Convertible Seat

Here is the breakdown between them.

• Infant car seat faces rear and is priceless to many of us parents because you can move a sleeping baby in and out the car, from stroller to car, it lasts about a year depending on your child s weight and height. You can save money by buying a travel system (Seat and Stroller together),sold together for cheaper price.

• Convertible seat (Used from birth until your baby outgrows a car seat, it faces the rear of the car first and later it is turned towards the front). The best part you save money in the long run, the bad part is you cannot take your baby in and out of the car like you would with an infant seat.

How do I attach the Infant car seat to my stroller?

For this to work you need an adapter, the adapter you need depends on what baby car seat and what model of a stroller you have.

But if you buy the same brand of stroller and car seat (Travel system sets- complete sets) then its already configured for you with built in adapters to attach to your infant seat.

Have a Look At Your Car Before Buying

Before buying a car seat you need to first check your cars owners manual, they are two ways to attach car seat.

• Belt

• Latch (Stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) which all new cars have, it’s a system then makes it easier to correctly install child safety seats without using seat belts.

If you want to use LATCH is good to check where you have the attachments for LATCH because the safest spot for your child is in the middle and you might not have any in the middle rear seating position.

Is good to measure your back seat so you also know for future plans, with that I mean if your gonna have another child.

You must know how much space there is for your car seat, you do that to make sure it fits your car.

Now it will be easier for you to know which measurements to go after when you go to buy in the store.

Clean and Nice Design

As parents you know how messy a child can be, it’s good also to look for seat fabrics that are smooth because this makes it easier to wipe clean.Messy-baby

In the car seat manual you should find some helpful cleaning methods that you can use,

if you can’t find your car seat manual no worries, most manufacturers got them online.

Visit their website and you will find the model of your car seat.

This is a very important step because you do not want to mess things up by missing anything.

The worst thing can happen- Like you might render it unusable by using the wrong cleaning products.

There are so many accessories you can choose for your car seat.

Here are some must haves right away:

• Back seat, mirrors

• Seat protectors

• Window Shades (Summer)

• All-Weather Infant Car Seat Cover

 

This one is unique and creative- car seat canopy cover all in one, here are some points how to use it:

1. Nursing cover

2. Car Seat Canopy

3. Baby Blanket

4. Changing Mat

5. Shopping Cart Cover

6. Infinity Scarf

7. And much more!

You can match it with any car seat and outfit because of the nice and easy design, it is also modern.

 

It’s a very great gift to give new moms no doubt about it.

 

When it comes to washing care:

Machine wash cold and tumble dry low and you are good to go.

 

This is a very important rule:

You should never put a baby in the car seat when they are wearing a coat instead you need baby car seat cover for winter.

You wonder why?

Its because whit the material of the coat you will create added puffiness and that will leave enough space between your baby and the shoulder restraints to render the seat practically useless.

Your baby will not be protected if an accident occurs, so do the right thing and buy a baby car seat cover for winter.

You Want Things to Go Smooth

As parents, we know that everyday things with the kids can be stressful, that’s why you don’t want products you buy to be difficult to use, you want it to go smooth.

You may see many installation videos on YouTube from different companies, but it is still recommended that, after you install the car seat that you have your work checked by a professional.

I hope you found the information interesting and useful. If you have comments, questions or just want to discuss, do not hesitate to leave a comment here and I will answer you as soon as possible.

12 thoughts on “Baby Car Seat and Accessories-Must Haves

  1. Awesome content for the baby car seat! Very informative indeed. I didn’t know there is so much to do before buying one. I will follow your suggestions in the future when making purchase decisions. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much! Indeed, it is a lot to think about before buying a car seat, you need to invest smart and think safety first. I appreciate that you want to follow my suggestions.

  2. Being a father of 4 and grandfather of 6 transportation of children is always up there. i have usually relied on the children to be the experts but your comments have encouraged me to be more proactive in working out what the best option is. Being more part time doesn’t preclude me from being slack. I have been down to check. I only have a 3 point harness. There’ the first update required. I thought you points were thorough. I will print off your blog and take it with me when I purchase. Thank you for your efforts.

    1. You are so welcome my friend! I am very happy that you found it helpful to you. I am glad that you will update from your 3 point harness. I wish you all the best.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information! It helps a lot. I am not a parent, but friends of us are and were asking for a car seat. We will find out if they already have a stroller, and go with the infant car seat, as it will help them to move the sleeping baby. I would have never thought of that. Also, we need to get more information about their car so we can choose the best option.
    Thank you!

  4. It’s great to see how far child safety has evolved in just a few decades. When I was a kid, there were still a lot of old cars around with no seatbelts in the back. Babies were often transported in the lap of the mother while driving. Not to mention the fact that cars weren’t really that safe either. I’m looking for a more ecological car but I have to keep in mind the possibility to add a baby seat as that’s might be in the cards in the not so distant future so thanks for the recommendations!

    1. I also come from that time i know exactly what you mean. I am so happy that this was helpful to you, i
      wish you the best for your future baby.

  5. Thank you for this information. It’s like stepping into another world with the many aspects to consider when buying baby car seats and accessories. I found it very helpful and it has helped me to understand the important details to consider. Like five-point safety harness, and new technology like LATCH.
    Keep up the great work , and I look forward to more insights from you.

    1. You are welcome. I m so glad you found this helpful!
      The technology is constantly evolving and this feels good because safety is only getting better.

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