What all parents need.Feb 26, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Car SeatsThe Bottom Line You can save quite a bit using a convertible seat, while still having the safety features that are necessary in a car seat.
There are several types of car seats available for children. There are infant seats, toddler seats, and booster seats.
Traditionally, most infant seats have a handle, and are removeable from the car. They are also more closed in, in order to give a baby that snug wrapped up feeling. These seats also face backwards.
Toddler seats are the type that you would use when your child has outgrown the infant seat and accomodates your child for usually about 2 or 3 years.
Booster seats are usually very open seats with belts that you would normally see on a car seat. They usually have a base that is about 3-4 inches high, so that the child can see the action going on around them.
The convertible car seat is one that usually combines an infant seat and a toddler seat. There are several different models out on the market these days. These seats are designed so that while a child is small the seat can face the rear of the car. When the child gets to the required weight (varies by state) you can then turn the seat around so that the child can see forward. Most toddler seats are usually capable of being a forward facing seat.
Convertible seats, although not quite as snug as the infant seats, do have inserts available for younger children to help keep their heads in place and to simulate that snug feeling. These inserts usually go for about $5-$10.
Convertible seats usually stay in the car. This is probably the only downside to the seat. When my son was first born, I needed to make sure that I had a blanket or two with me to cover the infant seats in shopping carts. Not only that, but I had to be sure that I went to places with infant shopping carts, or I needed to have someone with me so that one of us could push the stroller and the other could push the not-so-infant-friendly cart.
Overall though, I believe that it is well worth getting the convertible seat. It allows you to make one purchase that will last several years. Babies grow so quickly that they often outgrow the infant seats/carriers far too quickly. If at all possible, borrow a friends' seat if they have one, or get one at a garage sale and give it a good cleaning.
Infant seats usually start at around $30. Toddler/Convertible seats usually start at around $40.
In conclusion, I think that convertible seats are a necessary and worthwild expense that could save you money.
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