Buying stuff for babies is a tough job, especially if have been no experience in this. And since things are for the BABIES, and most of the times, things we buy are foreign. People tend to become extra conscious before making any choices. Car seats are one such difficult decision, and in that too, the kind of car seats that one must choose becomes a big question all the time. In my opinion, convertible car seats are a better investment over traditional ones or any other type.
What are they?
These are the special seats that you can set up in your car to seat an infant or a toddler. They can be used for infants to keep them facing the rear and for the toddlers to face front of the vehicle. They usually come with 5-point harness that is built into the car seat model itself. This holds the baby at a place and ensures safety while driving or on a sudden halt.
Why are they better?
Convertible car seats are way safer than other car seats because they remain fixed at a place and hold the baby strongly at one place. So, children are protected in a bumpy ride from the upheavals of uneven roads. Many convertible car seats come with higher rear facing weight limits that helps parents keep their babies rear facing for better protection, up to two years of age. This is one of the major advantages of using a convertible seat.
Moreover, convertible car seats are a long term investment. Children grow really fast and if you start with an infant-only seat then you may probably be forced to replace it within four to six months to match the growing kid’s weight and physique. It is better to shift to the convertible or a bigger one. However, if you buy a convertible seat the very first time, you won’t have to replace the outgrown units frequently and that too until your child is two years old (in most cases) or the seat gets damaged due to overuse. This is because most convertible seats fit babies with around 5 to 40 pounds weight.
This also saves a lot of money because as you are skipping the infant-only seat and directly picking up the next level seat, you save a lot on your budget and time.
Therefore, convertible car seats are always my first recommendations to all those parents who are right now contemplating to buy a new car seat for their kiddo.