To make the process of choosing the right booster seat for you and your family a lot less stressful, here are some tips: 

One of the most crucial safety decisions you’ll make as a parent is which child car seat or booster seat to purchase. Because of this, the task of actually making a decision may be so daunting. 

Getting a car booster that is pleasant for your kid, fits snugly in your vehicle and is simple to be used correctly every time is the most crucial consideration. Keep your receipt and seek the advice of a safety technician if you need help finding the right fit for you or your baby. 

Basics of a Car Seat 

Seats that face the back of the vehicle 

Guidelines issued by Paediatrics research indicate that children stay inside a rear-facing seat till they are two years old or until children reach the manufacturer-specified height and weight restrictions. Choose a chair that has five-point restraints (pretty standard nowadays). This is an area where you have a few options: 

Seats designed exclusively for use by infants 

These seats have the advantage of being compact, having a handle, and having a base in the car, allowing you to buckle up your child and then clamp the seat into the ground. Bonus: Thanks to this feature, you can carry a sleeping infant inside the house at the end of a journey without waking her up. 

Convertible seats have several advantages, including using a seat for a more extended period. They may additionally have higher weight restrictions of up to 40 pounds for rear-facing. 

Additionally, there are convertible seats with rear-facing reclining positions that can be used. 

3 in 1 seat 

Pros: These can be used from the time a baby is born until she is ready to be put on her booster seat. In addition to being employed in a variety of positions, they can also be transformed into belt-positioning boosters. 

Seats that face the direction of travel 

The forward seat with a 5 harness system is an option for children who are too big or too heavy to ride rear-facing. (The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends utilising a harness until the age of four.) Convertible and 3-in-1 seats aren’t the only options available to you. 

Toddler seats have a weight capacity of 40 to 80 pounds, which means you don’t have to change them for a long time. One of the best things about the combination seats is getting the forward seat (for youngsters 40 to 80 pounds) or a belt-positioning backrest (for kids 100 pounds). 

Seats for Children Who Are Increasingly Taller 

The safety-seat train has arrived at its final station. Until your child is between the ages of 8 and 12 and a height of 4′ 9″, you should plan on using a belt-positioning booster to help him get a correct fit in the vehicle’s lap using shoulder belts. High-back and backless are your only options. Which one you go with is mainly determined by your car: In the event of a collision, a high-back booster is vital because it will protect the child’s head. Otherwise, you can use a backless booster seat. They’re both equally effective. 

Another set of things to keep an eye out for 

  • An extra layer of side-impact defence is essential as far as seating goes; the more side support, the better. 
  • In addition to being more challenging to unclip, two-piece breast clips are also more durable for busy hands. 
  • There aren’t many chairs available with a rear-facing straps, although it can improve stability. 
  • The harness slots are well-spaced. The bottom places on the seat back should be as low as possible when using a rear-facing seat; otherwise, your youngster may not be able to fit. Your child may outgrow a forward-facing car seat before he’s ready for a booster seat if its top positions are too low.