Looking for the Best Convertible Car Seat For Tall Babies? You’ve come to the right place
So we get a lot of questions about car seats, which one to use, and which one do I use next and when? So in this video we are going to show you a progression of car seats and when to switch from one to the other. Now the progression that I recommend to all parents is to start with an Infant Car Seat, then move into a Convertible, and
Best Convertible Car Seat For Tall Babies
then A Combination High-back and 5 Point Harness and then to finish off with a Combination High-Back, No-Back Booster. Now there will be a lot of information in this video, but if you still have questions please send those to us and you can do that by commenting below or send us an email at email@example.com. Please don’t hesitate, this is the reason we do these videos is to help you get the information that you need. Now typically the first car seat .
that you’re going to use with your child is going to be an Infant Car Seat. Now the biggest misconception is that you have to start with an Infant Car Seat. You actually don’t. Most if not all Convertible Car Seats you can use to bring your child home from the hospital. Now you do need to make sure you have the correct infant inserts in order to do .
that, some of them are included some of them you have to get them as an additional accessory. But you can start with this and it’s a little bit more budget friendly and you can skip the Infant Car Seat all together. However you’re loosing out on the convenience of an infant seat. Now an Infant Car Seat is designed with a base and so the base is .
what you’re going to install in your car so that you can easily click in and out your infant seat and that’s just in case your baby falls asleep in the car, then you can just click them out and carry them with you and it’s easy to install every time. Now this is also convenient because you can take your infant seat and click it into a stroller creating a travel system. Now you can’t do that with a Convertible Car Seat. That one’s just going to stay in your car and you’ll .
take the infant in and out. Most, I want to say probably 95% of parents are going to start with an Infant Car Seat because they want those convenience features. Now an Infant Car Seat you’ll use from birth up until the weight or height limit of the seat. Average is about 30 lbs and 32 inches. Once they reach that limit you do have to go into a .
Convertible Car Seat. Now having said that most parents will stop using an Infant Car Seat at about a year or until your baby gets too heavy, you’re not really carrying it anyway because it’s not convenient anymore. Now there are some study’s showing that it’s actually beneficial to stop using this at a year and start using a Convertible Car Seat .
regardless if they’ve reached that weight limit or that height limit just because the Convertible Car Seat is going to keep them Safer. Now when you’re using this with an infant you do need to make sure that your using the infant inserts that are included. Typically those inserts are going to come out at about 10-11 lbs some of them are comfort .
features so you do need to check with your car seat manual to see when those inserts should be coming out. Now this is a rear facing only seat. DO NOT install an infant seat forward facing, it is not going to protect your child. Also this handle there is a lot of confusion on whether you should keep it up or put it down when you install and the .
reason for the confusion is it’s different for every manufacturer so you do need to check with your manual to see if they recommend it being up or down or even if it matters. Once your child reaches a year or you’re not using the convenience features of an infant car seat then you’ll move into a convertible car sear. Now the reason it’s called .
convertible is because it does just that. It converts from rear facing to forward facing. Now when using it rear facing that’s when you’re going to use it with your little tiny baby, make sure you’re using the appropriate inserts and to .
take those out when it’s appropriate. Just read your manual to find out when that is. Now one of the biggest questions is when do I switch from rear facing to forward facing? This is probably the biggest safety tip that we can give you or the safety caution that we can give you. The minimum standard is 2 years AND 30 lbs. So they need to .
be 2 years old and weigh 30 lbs in order to turn them forward facing. Now best practice is even longer. You want to reach the limits of the car seat. So that’s the weight limit OR the height limit. Once they reach either of those then you do have to turn them forward facing. Now some concerns that come up with keeping your child rear facing .
longer are #1, Leg room. Is my child comfortable? First of all, your child’s going to get comfortable in any seat they’re in. They can put their legs straight up on the seat behind them. They can crisscross them, they can tuck their feet up underneath their bum. Another thing to consider is that a lot of people think that they’re going to get a leg .
injury because there is no leg room in there but that’s a huge misconception. It’s actually very rare that they’re going to get a leg injury because the crash forces or the energy is traveling in the opposite direction. So it’s actually taking them further from the seat in the car. Now if they did get a leg injury while that is sad that is less detrimental to their.
health then a neck or spine injury. Now once your forward facing you want to continue using your convertible car seat as long as you can and reach those limits of the car seat. Now average convertible car seat weight limit is about 65 lbs. I would say that most people will keep their children in a convertible car seat until they’re about 5. However .
you can go all the way up to those limits and the average 9 year old is 65 lbs. So you can use this for quite a while and you do want to keep your child as safe as possible so try to reach those limits of the car seat. Now once you’re ready to take your child out of the convertible seat you do have a couple options. Now unfortunately most parents .
will go straight from a convertible car seat right into a high-back or even a no back booster. Just like this one. Now that’s not recommended now not only do they need to reach the height and weight limit of a booster but they also have to have the maturity. Now this is one thing that most parents don’t know. Is that in order to put your child in a booster they need to be able to sit in the seat properly, properly harnessed every time even while sleeping. Now if .
you can say that about your 5 year old go ahead and put them in a booster. But I would say that’s probably not the case. That’s where this seat comes in. Now this is a combination high-back booster and 5 point harness. The nice thing about it is it gives your child a little more room. Say this one is getting a little bit squishy. This one has a bigger.
seated space it also has a taller back so your child’s going to be a little bit more comfortable. Now this is just forward facing. So you don’t have the option of going back and forth but you do still have this 5 point harness and that’s what’s going to keep them contained in the event of a car accident. Now once they reach the limits you can raise up.
the seat. You can raise this all the way up. Stop using the 5 point harness and then you can start using the seat belt of the car. So you have a lot of flexibility with this one. Now one thing to mention is seats like this seat or similar seats have a weight capacity of 120 lbs. So you really can use this until your child can sit directly on the vehicle seat. .
If they reach the maturity level and they can appropriately use a booster we recommend you going to a combination high-back/no-back booster as I showed you before you can actually take the back off when it’s appropriate. Now the.
reason for the high-back or even a booster at all is really just to bring your child up or bring the seat belt down so that it’s right here at their shoulders so that’s less movement that your child does in the event of a car accident. You .
want it to be snug on their hips as well as right here on their shoulders. So you would use the high-back as long as you need to and then you can take this off and use it just as a no back booster. Now a lot of people will take the high-back off if it takes up too much room in their car which is just fine as long as the seat belt is at an appropriate .
level. Now when can you stop using a booster? This is a really big question that a lot of people have. I would say most if not 99% of parents are not using a booster long enough. It’s ok for your child to stop using a car seat all together when their bum is seated on the seat, their back completely against the back of the car seat and their feet are planted on the floor. If they’re seated just like that and the seat belt is right at their shoulder you don’t have to .
use a car seat anymore. But until then please use a booster. Now I’m a CPS tech that stands for Child Passenger Safety Technician. So that just means I know a lot about car seats and honestly this is my ideal progression of car .
seats this is what I personally use with my children to keep them safe. Now all of these car seats can be purchased on our website where we price match,so why not shop with us and they also ship for free! Go to www.babycubby.com .
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harnessing your child.