5 Steps : How To Select The Right Car Seat For Your Child
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5 Steps : How To Select The Right Car Seat For Your Child

Choosing a car seat can be a difficult experience. Some Daddy & Mummy have no idea about what to choose. Because it's not only one of the most important purchases you'll make, but it's likely the one u need to use at least 4 years’ period. Here are a few basic tips to make the search a little easier, and to ensure you go home with the right one. 

1. Make sure u know your car well before shopping

First things first: Car seats can be attached using either the Seat Belt or the LATCH system. In Malaysia, most of the latest cars come with the LATCH system.

You can decide before buying which one you want to use and then look for a seat based on how you want to install it — Belt or LATCH ( Commonly we call ISOFIX )


 

If you decide to use LATCH, make sure you know where the LATCH attachments are in your vehicle.

Another tip? measure your back seat to know how much room there is for a car seat. Myvi usually can fit in 3 car seats by using 2 Front Facing + 1 Rear Forward. Take back seat measurements before you go shopping and bring the measuring tape with you to the store to measure the base of the seats.

2. Pick a convertible car seat that'll grow with your child

Not to invest an infant car seat as a long-term car seat because it can only last a year and the best use of an infant car seat is for when you need to carry a sleeping baby from point A to B. Although u can save money for a while. But in long run, it’s not practical.

Newborns can sit in two kinds of car seats: a rear-facing infant seat, or a convertible seat (which faces the rear of the car before 2 years old and later is turned toward the front)

Buying a convertible car seat saves money because it lasts through toddlerhood. The only drawback? Convertible car seats cannot be taken in and out of the car like an infant seat can.

3. Consider a car seat stroller if you're trying to save

Then what is the use of an infant car seat? without a doubt, while convertible will save you money in the long run, some parents agree that the ability to move a sleeping baby in an infant car seat although it can only use for a year but consider the first year of the baby is extremely sensitive.

If you want to buy an infant car seat but need to trim costs, consider shopping for a travel system — an infant seat and stroller that are sold together at a discount. You may find these in the stroller aisle, not the car-seat aisle.

Choosing a car seat can be a difficult experience. Some Daddy & Mummy have no idea about what to choose. Because it's not only one of the most important purchases you'll make, but it's likely the one u need to use at least 4 years’ period. Here are a few basic tips to make the search a little easier, and to ensure you go home with the right one.

4. Always get a car seat with certificated ( Miros, ECE, R44 & R129 )

Understandably, you want to know which car seat is safest. But not all car seats that are on the market have been tested and approved for the current safety standards.

To understand all types of Certification

5. Focus on the most important features

At the lower end of the price range (RM500 to RM999) whether you're purchasing an infant car seat or a convertible car seat, look for a model that has a

  1. Extendable headrest area grow with your kid
  2. 5-point harness (two shoulder straps, two waist straps, and one strap between the legs that meet in the middle)
  3. Side-impact protection (extra foam or air pads at the side of baby's head)


 

If you can afford to buy a premium car seat, priced above RM1,399 – RM2,999 can expect additional features, such as an

  1. Compatibility with the ISOFIX system (a way to fasten the base tightly without using seatbelts).
  2. Some Car Seats offering an extra 25% leg rest area consider a little "boot" around the baby's feet. 

(Chicco NextFit Zip Max) 

The price should be included a memory foam in the cushion or any won't conduct heat easily due to extreme weather in Malaysia.

Credit to - Hallie Scheflin