Since we like to take things to the streets, it is important that we realize just how dangerous simple things, like travelling to the supermarket for groceries can be. Just over half of all car accidents happen within 5 miles of the home, so mundane excursions can turn very unpleasant in a hurry. This is why having a quality safety seat for your children is so important.
As a parent, my kids are my entire concern from the time I wake up until the time that I go to sleep, so making sure they are protected at all times is paramount. When we first decided that it was time to find a car seat for our child, we both looked long and hard to find something that keep them safe and we would enjoy using. When we started, we had no idea just how many types of car seats were available out there. Getting a convertible car seat ended up being our course of action. It just made a lot of sense and we didn’t understand the appeal of an infant seat, especially for anyone on a tight budget. So for anyone in the market for a new safety seat, this is where we make our case for getting one of these seats for your vehicle.
Convertible Car Seat Economics
While these types of seats may seem rather expensive at first, they end up saving you money in the long run. Infant seats are typically recommended for 18 months to 2 years, depending on your child’s height and weight. After that you will have to buy another seat to accommodate your growing kids. This will typically be a convertible car seat, or a booster seat. Buying multiple seats over the course of a few years will add up.
Convertible seats on the other hand are recommended for newborns up to larger children with weight ranges between 5 to 65 lbs. This greater range means that you will generally need just one seat over the first few years. You may need to buy a booster seat at the tail end of their growth spurt before they can use a regular seat belt, but these are usually less expensive. The less seats you have to purchase, the more money you save. It seems pretty obvious, at least to us.
Why Get An Infant Seat?
One of the main reasons that some folks prefer an infant seat is that they are generally lighter to carry, and some of them can snap right into a compatible stroller without the need to remove the child. You are paying for convenience. Convertible safety seats are going to be heavier and moving them from car to car is going to be more work. We can definitely see the benefits in this area for starting out with an infant car seat. But raising a baby is expensive, and for us, we had to figure out where best to spend our money. For us, the extra work was worth the couple of hundred of dollars we could save.
What To Look For When Getting A Convertible Seat
There are many different models out there to the point where it can seem a bit overwhelming. The best place to start is online. We did our research and read up on the best convertible car seats to see which models owners ranked the highest. We then narrowed it down by safety features, comfort features, and then price. You could reverse the order and still get a high quality car seat so do not worry about shopping around.
Always buy new, never buy used. First, car seats have an expiration date so you may be getting something that has past is usefulness. Second, you won’t know if it has already been in a crash or not. Even though some car seats look undamaged after an accident, there joints or other aspects of the seat could have been stressed and weakened and they will no longer offer maximum protection. Buying new from a reputable outlet is always the best way to go.
Life is easy to take for granted and that 5 minute trip to the grocery store may seem like nothing to be worried about. But you should always be prepared for the worst, especially when driving. You can do everything right and still end up in a collision. Having a seat that fits your car will go a long way to protecting your precious cargo.