Choosing the Right Car Seat
- You’ll save a little money if you buy one convertible seat to do the job from birth to 40 pounds, but an infant-only seat may be easier for you to use and may fit your newborn baby better.
- An infant-only seat can be carried with you wherever you go. It can be used at home also.Some infant-only seats come in two parts. The base stays buckled in the vehicle, and the seat snaps in and out. You may find these convenient.
- If you want to use a convertible seat for a newborn baby, choose one without a padded shield in front of the baby. Shields do not fit small newborn babies properly. The shield comes up too high and may make proper adjustment of the harness difficult.
- Harness straps must fit snugly on the body. Use lowest harness slots for a newborn infant. Keep the straps in the slots at or below your baby's shoulders for the rear-facing position.
- It is very important for harness straps to fit properly over the shoulders and between the legs. Dress your baby in clothes that keep legs free. If you want to cover your baby, buckle the harness around him or her first, then put a blanket over him or her. A bulky snowsuit or bunting can make the harness too loose.
- To fill empty spaces and give support, roll up a couple of small blankets and tuck them in on each side of your baby’s shoulders and head. Thick padding should not be put underneath or behind the baby.
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