Drive safely but before that ensure your baby's safety !

When you own a car and if you are traveling often with your baby then car booster seats is a must. Of course, you want your child to travel safely. Cars seat belts are designed in such a way that it can fit adult bodies and thus it cannot hold children securely. Babies who use booster seats reduce their chance of a crash-related injury by 45%. Since car seats are expensive, parents think they don’t need one for their baby. However, studies clearly point out that using car booster seats for your baby and toddler is best option to well-safeguard during car travel or any four-wheeler travel. Also in many countries, it is mandatory to use a car seat. If you don’t own a car you can buy a second-hand seat for an occasional ride. You need to choose the proper car seat for your baby’s age and weight. And you must install it properly in your car. Take your car and your baby with you so that you can try them and see if it fits perfectly. The seat should be held tightly by the seat belt with very little motion. You can try by putting the empty seat in and tightening up the seat belt. If the seat moves around, then it's not safe.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that an average of three children was killed in motor vehicle crashes every day in 2013.  It recommends the children to continuously use car booster seat until they are 8 years old and 144cm tall which means they must have outgrown the manufacturer’s height and weight recommendations for their booster seat. Hence, proper safety measures should be taken before you start your journey with your darling.

Car seat sizes

Most car seats available in India are imported ones, but for now, we have few local car booster seat manufacturers. You may get confused with the imported car seat because they comply with European or American size recommendations and safety standards, and they are also categorized in different ways. 

Car seats are named in various terms, some name it as Group 0 and Group 0+ car seats, and some as stage one or two. So without any further ado, get all your car seat doubts and concerns cleared with the weight or age range table below. Choose the right one based on your baby's weight.

Weight

Age (Approx)

Group

Stage

From birth to 10kg

Newborn to 9 months

0

1

From birth to 13kg

Newborn to 5-18 months

0+

1

9kg to 18kg

9 months to 4 years

1

2

15kg to 25kg

Up to 6 years

2

3

22kg to 36kg

Up to 11 years

3

4


Note: You must keep in mind that weight ranges can differ according to the brand of the car seat. So look into the specifications before buying one.

Buying guides for Baby car booster seat

1. Buy a convertible Seat or Forward-Facing Seat 

Buy a convertible Seat or Forward-Facing Seat 

This type of seats is great for babies and toddlers because they can be used in both directions. You can install the seat rear-facing as when your baby weighs up to 13kg and it is safe to install your car seat forward-facing if your child is at least 2 years old or up to 18kg.

2. Use a 5-Point Harness 

     5-Point Harness

A 5-point harness is a compound of safety straps that must be clipped across different parts of your infant like chest, thighs, and between legs. So that you can safeguard your little one from accident while firmly holding and securing them in place at all other travel times. The padded tray-like attachment (i.e. booster seat with overhead shield) which generally has its place in front of your baby's belly to render advanced protection and act as table used for feeding, playing toys, reading books, etc. during travel.

 3. Attach tethers in your booster seat

       Tethers

A tether is a strap which is almost available in all car seats and is the one that firmly connects to the top of the car seat to an anchor in your vehicle. If you have an older seat or an older car, you can purchase a tether kit from the car seat manufacturer. My opinion is that you can buy a new car booster seat to ensure your child's safety and do not get compromised with an outdated or previously damaged chair.

 4. Provide adequate padding

Adequate Padding 

If your baby is surrounded by soft, highly qualified pads around their head and spine, they are guaranteed with more comfortable and good riding experience. If you find an extra space around them and if they aren't firmly tied to the chair, fill the space with rolled-up blankets for added support.

 5. A Machine-Washable Cover

 A Machine-Washable Cover

If your toddler is messy then there's no way around it, you must get a removable, machine washable cover to protect your car seat. Even if there are little spills and stains, it is not a big deal when they can be thoroughly washed away.

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Top picked imported car booster seats for your baby and toddler

1.      Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat

  • The Graco Nautilus Car Seat is a 3 in 1 multi-mode car seat for children 20 pounds to 100 pounds. This is the last car seat you will need to buy for your child. The Nautilus is ideal for your children from one to ten years old.
  • First, it is an extended 5 point harness seat for children 20 to 65 pounds that feature an easy to install system with a lock off buckle for easy secure installation.
  • Second, it works as a high back booster for children 30 pounds to 100 pounds, and finally as a backless booster for children 40 pounds to 100 pounds.
  • The Nautilus Car Seat has a steel reinforced frame for durability and has a 3 position recline for proper installation and comfort.
  • Nautilus transforms into three modes to go the distance.
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2.      Advocate CS Convertible Seat

  • The advocate convertible car seat delivers maximum safety and amazing comfort every time your family hits the road.
  • Safe cell impact protection surrounds your child in safety components that work together to protect well beyond the established federal safety standards.
  • And complete side impact protection max delivers Britax's highest level of protection featuring cushions on the outside of the seat that maximize the absorption of crash forces and a foam headrest inside that keeps your child's head and neck extra secure.
  • A car seat works best when the harness has the right fit, so the Advocate includes the quick-adjust, 10-position harness that grows with your child at the push of a button, as well as the click and safe snug harness indicator which takes the guesswork out of adjusting the harness to the proper tightness.
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3.      Symphony 65 All-in-One Car Seat

  • The Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Car Seat now offers parents superior e3 Side Impact protection to keep their child safe alongside features that help make installation as easy as possible.
  • This All-In-One seat accommodates children ranging from 5-110 lbs. with the most innovation and value on the market.
  • The Symphony DLX provides exclusive safety features like SureLATCH technology; you simply Click, Click, Push for a super-fast and super-snug installation in less than 60 seconds
  • Recommended Weight Limits:Weight:From 5 to 110 pounds, Height:From 19 to 57 inches, Age:From newborn to 8 years, Product Dimensions:Weight: 21 pounds, Length/Width/Height:23 x 21 x 23.5 inches. 
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4.      Parkway SG Booster

  • The Britax Parkway SGL Belt-Positioning Booster Seat offers premium safety, comfort and convenience for your big kid.
  • This booster seat incorporates Britax's leading safety innovations, including one of Britax's Head Safety technologies, a base engineered with SafeCells.
  • The Base with SafeCell Technology is designed to keep your child safe and secure in a crash by compressing and significantly lowering the center of gravity, reducing the forward movement of the car seat.
  • The Parkway SG also features SecureGuard anti-submarining technology and industry leading True Side Impact Protection with deep, high side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam to protect your child. Comfort and convenience features include a quick-adjust head restraint, retractable cupholders, comfort foam and an easy-remove cover.
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5.      Chicco KeyFit Strada Booster

  • The Chicco Keyfit strada booster has triple zone side-impact protection.
  • Headrest and side wings adjust up and out for maximum protection of head, shoulder, and lumbar zones.
  • For children 4-10 years old, 38"-57" tall and 33-100 pounds.
  • Converts to a backless booster for children 40-100 pounds. More energy-absorbing EPS foam than most other seats.
  • Deluxe padded seat with micro-vented upholstery for breathable comfort. Adjustable, clip-on cup holder.
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"When you love someone, you protect them! Take care of your baby"

 



Review written by Ilakkiya Parthasarathy

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