Which is the best seat for my baby?
Unfortunately, car seat technicians are not allowed to answer this popular question with a product name or model, because we are prohibited from saying one seat is better than the other implying endorsement.
Our biggest concern is that you have a car seat you can use correctly 100 percent of the time.
All seats sold on today’s market are tested to provide your baby with a safe ride within the confines of our government’s standards, so the best way to select a seat for you and your baby is to answer the following questions:
- Can I use the seat correctly?
- Can I install it correctly?
- Are the directions easy to follow?
- Does it have the features that I want? e.g. the straps are easy to secure around my child.
- Will my child be comfortable in this seat?
- Will the seat fit in my car?
- Is the seat expired?
- If I get the seat from a friend or someone else, do I know the history of the seat?
- Has the seat been involved in a crash? (If so, do not use it.)
- Will my child outgrow the seat too quickly?
- Can I afford the seat?
- Does my baby cry every time I place her/him in the seat? (If so, your child may be uncomfortable and you may want to consider replacing the seat.)
- Has the car seat recalled?
If you are comfortable with the answers to these questions, then you are probably moving in the right direction selecting a car seat for your baby.
Rosy Rosenthal is a certified car seat specialist and works with WakeMed Campus Police.