While cheap car seats do not come with all the bells and whistles of your premium car seat, they still require you to use them in the appropriate way to keep your child safe. The following are some tips to use the seat as desired
Check the Height and Weight Limits
One of the most important things that you have to keep in mind when purchasing that affordable baby car seat is that you should only buy a child safety seat that is within the height and weight limits of your child. If you have gone for the all in one or convertible car seat, make sure that the child’s seating mode is correct according to their age. For instance ensure the child is old enough to transition from a harness to a belt positioning booster after checking the height and weight limits.
Stay rear facing as long as possible
Rear facing is not that much fun given that for you in the driver’s seat you cannot see the child in the back seat. However it is critically important to have the child in the rear facing mode particularly when they are under the age of two. To keep the child safe keep them in the rear facing seat and go for a car seat that has high rear facing limits such as the Disney APT, Cosco Scenera, or the Cosco Apt 50.
Install the Car Seat Properly
Installation is a pain but you need to know how to install the seat properly if you want to keep your kid safe. The most effective way of making sure the seat is installed correctly, just refer to the car seat manual and use the instructions to the T until you get it pat. Additionally you can find tutorial videos online, read customer reviews or hire an expert or go to the police station to get the child car seat installed.
Find a car seat that fits
There are many car seats out there, but not all will be a good fit. Some especially convertible car seats are very bulky and may not fit in compact cars. Measure the dimensions of the back seat of your car to make certain that the car seat you purchase will fit in your car and allow for enough space for the driver and front seat passenger.
Determine if it is FAA Approved
You need to check if the car seat is approved for use in airplane travel. Make sure that it comes with specifications that will fit in the airplane seats and check for a label asserting that the seat is approved for use in aircraft. You could also check with your airline and have them recommend some car seats before you shell out money on a seat that may not be appropriate.