Infant Car Seats 3
Hey Mamma’s, if you’ve been following along you know that I checked off one major item from my baby gear list, my stroller. Up next is the infant car seat. Since I wanted the car seat to be compatible with my stroller for easy transition from the car to walks, I shopped for both when I was at Snuggle Bugz last week. I found out that there is more than stroller compatibility to think about when you’re picking the right car seat for your little one. This is what I’ve learned…
Where to start?
I asked Katrina – one of the Senior Associates- what most people normally ask about car seats (because to be honest… I had NO CLUE where to start). She said, a lot of the time people will ask her “what’s the safest car seat?” She chuckled and said to me, “the safest car seat is the one that’s installed properly.” Personally, I wanted to know what car seat would take up the least amount of space in my vehicle. Both my husband and I drive cars and there is no budget for an SUV any time soon so we are definitely looking for something practical that works with our current lifestyle. Her response for the infant seat that takes up the smallest footprint in your car are the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the UPPAbaby Mesa, which also has the cool feature of self tightening. For me, that sounds like a major win! If you’re looking for the lightest car seat on the market test out the Maxi -Cosi’s AP 2.0 as that’s exactly what they’re known for. Maybe you’re adamant about buying a car seat that has no recalls from the brand… Peg-Perego is for you. This infant car seat is also known to carry the most weight. So if you think you’re having a BIG baby this might be a good investment haha.
Size, Weight & Fit
Most infant car seats can hold anywhere from 4-35 pounds and up to 32″ in length. I was informed that most babies outgrow their infant car seats from 8 months old to about a year. Some infant car seats can carry a bit more weight and length than others so if this is important to you be sure to ask which ones. It’s also VERY important to consider the actual size of the car seat itself. Many parents think they want a certain car seat until they go to put it in their car and it’s too big. Your solution? At Snuggle Bugz you can actually do what they call a ‘dry fit’ run. An associate will help you fit the floor model car seat to your car so you get a good feel for how much room it’s going to take. Depending on the vehicle that you drive, you may not be able to use the front passenger seat safely if you get a larger footprint car seat. But your passenger ride can always ride in the back with baby… which they may enjoy better! lol In either case, it’s always best to test out the seat in your own car as car seats are non-refundable and fit is very important when it comes to making your decision.
Does the car seat have to be the same make as my stroller?
Nope (I didn’t know this either). There are car seat adaptors so pretty much any infant car seat can fit into pretty much any stroller. Pretty convenient right!? So get the car seat that is just right for you and check to see if it works with the stroller you end up choosing.
Did you know you have to replace car seats every 6-8 years?! I had no clue. This is because the plastics can expand and contract in our climate and may not hold up as well as they use to. To avoid any uncertainties when it comes to safety you must replace your car seat when it expires. If this is your first child, they will out-grow their infant car seat before it expires but it’s a good thing to keep track of if you’re planning on using the same car seat for your second or third.
Here’s the fun part for mom and dad. Looking for some accessories for the car? Snuggle Bugz has those little mirrors that attach to the back of your seat so that you can see your baby and sun shades to protect your little one from too much sun. I was told that there are leather seat protectors you can buy but that it’s important to buy the same brand as your car seat. This is because they are crash-tested together. Last but not least, there are car seat covers and there are some REALLY cute ones to choose from. Ladies, we know this will become a new fashion accessory because it will be with us all the time. Have some fun with it and check out the different colours and patterns that are available.
Thanks for tuning in for some baby talk. Next week we’re talking about diaper bags!
Jackie is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood weekly through this series “Baby Talk” with Jackie and check out her Nursery planning tips and tricks in her blog “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville.
This week on the blog, we are featuring a guest post from our friends at diono! As safety is their number one concern, they are stopping by to share some tips for safe summer travel. Becoming a parent is the biggest and scariest, yet most exciting journey in life. At diono, we’ve made it our passion to lovingly engineer ideas that are all about safety and smiles – wherever you are going. Just as your children are constantly evolving, so are we! You may have noticed we have a new logo, but it’s more than a logo and tagline. We’ve re-imagined our convertible car seats with new fashions and premium fabrics that we think you will love, all while keeping safety at the heart of our designs. This is just the beginning of our new journey and summer is the perfect time to showcase our new look. We’d love to share with you a few of our favourite tips for keeping safety and smiles in mind while you are out adventuring with your children this season.
School’s out! Time for longer play dates, trips to the museum and the beach. Will you be taking a family vacation or staying close to home? No matter what you’re doing, the lazy days of summer are great for our sanity, but never get lazy on safety. Here are some of our hot tips for keeping your kids safe while you’re on the road and in a car seat .
- Clothes on in the car. Many of us leave the pool or beach and don’t think to cover up when we get into the car. During a crash the webbing on seat belts and the car seat harness can cause friction burns on bare skin. To help prevent this, make sure everyone in the car is wearing clothes between themselves and the webbing. Don’t skip the seat belts or car seats just because you’re close to home.
- Keep Cool. Baby it’s HOT outside, and car seat buckles can heat up and cause a burn or discomfort to your child. Keep car seats cool when you’re parked in a parking lot by covering them with a towel that you can remove when placing them in the seat. Never leave it as an extra layer between the seat and your child. Alternatively, you can use a sun protection product made specifically for your car seat by your car seat manufacturer.
- Extra car seats. No doubt your kids want to hang out with their friends and you might just treat them to a trip to the ice cream shop or to the movies. Be prepared and ensure that you have the proper type of seat according to weight and height requirements fore every child so that everyone is buckled up properly and safely.
- Get to know your blind spots. With kids out of school, they are bound to be out and about riding bikes or running through your neighborhood. Before you back out of your driveway, look around your vehicle to be sure a child is not nearby. Roll your windows down and turn off the radio before you put the car in drive so you can hear if anyone is approaching. Unfortunately, approximately 50 children are backed over every week because the driver could not see the child!
- Look Before you lock. Life can cause us to be very distracted. Be sure to remain focused on driving and your passengers. Never leave babies or children in the car, not even for a quick run into the store. Keep your purse or other important items near your child. You’ll most likely need to take them with you when you exit the car and you’ll always have a reminder that your child is in the back seat. An average of 38 children die every year from being left in the car.
On May 14th, Graco issued a voluntary Safety Advisory in Canada concerning certain Graco infant car seats regarding combinations with the base and infant car seat that do not meet the injury criterion limits, specifically the SnugRide 22 Classic Connect Infant Car Seats.
Please note that this is not a recall. This is a proactive Safety Advisory initiative by Graco.
Established by the Canadian Motor vehicle safety standard, in the event of a collision, there is a risk of injury to a child as the seat and base combination does not properly protect the child. The advisory is for all seats purchased between February 2013 and April 2015. Seats outside of these dates are compliant and excluded from this action. In Canada, 1700 of these Graco seats were sold between February 2013 and April 2015.
All registered individuals will receive a letter outlining the safety advisory and instructions on how to obtain a repair kit. You can register at www.gracobaby.ca.
Non-registered owners, or if you have moved, should contact Elfe Juvenile Products, at 1-800-667-8184 or email@example.com to obtain a free repair kit or, if they have any questions.
While consumers are awaiting their repair kit, it is recommended that the users install the car seat WITHOUT using the base to reduce the risk of injury, in the event of a vehicle collision.
The model number, model name and date of manufacture can be found on the underside of the car seat. A typical label looks like this:
The serial number is identified on the bottom right of the label. The serial number consists of an eight digit alpha numerical code. The serial number is indicated after “S/N” beginning with a letter followed by 7 numbers (see above picture).
Thank you in advance for your understanding,
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