Choosing Which Safety 1st Booster Car Seat to Buy

11/24/2011 09:57


If your child has outgrown his or her baby or toddler car seat, it's time to shop for a booster car seat! And there is no better brand name to look at than Safety 1st with their excellent products and testimonials; there are Safety 1st booster car seats designer to be used from infancy up to child phase!

How do I know when my child is ready for a booster seat? Once your child weights up to 40 lbs or when he or she is too tall for the toddler car seat. If your child's head rests above the head support of the car seat, it's time that he or she be moved to a booster seat.

Why is it important for a child to use a booster seat? Once non-compulsory, many states have enforced laws requiring booster car seats for children up to 8 years old. Older children have a higher rate of injury than younger ones for several reasons. Many move the car belt under the arm or behind their them. They tend to slide to the edge of the seat or slump downward. Older children may find vehicle seats and car belts uncomfortable, so they tend not to buckle up.

TYPES OF BOOSTER CAR SEATS: Safety 1st brought out a number of different booster car seats, but essentially booster seats come in two different models:

High Back Booster Seat (Recommended when the car has low seat backs) A high back booster seat are similar to traditional car seats and often feature a 5 point harness. Though considered to be the safest type, they are large and bulky. A high back booster would be ideal for a younger child and as a semi permanent seat in your vehicle. Many are even equipped with LATCH systems for secure installation. If you plan on moving the seat from one car to the next, this setup could be difficult to transfer.

Backless Booster Seat (Recommended if a child's head is supported up to the top of his or her ears by the vehicle's back seat or head rest.) These small and easily portable seats are the most familiar type. They use the car's own seatbelt to secure the child and simply lift him or her up to a height that is suitable for the belt.

Some have luxury options such as cup holders and other extras, but serve the same purpose and meet the legal safety seat requirements in many areas for children ages 4-8.


Check your state laws. See if there are any specific regulations around their use in your area. The seats themselves will also provide recommended height and weight guidelines that vary from model to model, so be sure to check for those as well.

Check the safety ratings, reviews and feedback. Safety 1st booster seats are made with children of different weight, measure and height in mind. Choose a seat that will suit your child best. If still in infancy, consider purchasing a seat that will adjust as your child grows.

Buy your booster seat new. Second-hand seats could have already been involved in an car crash leaving them less fit to protect your child to the fullest.

Comfort. They are after all the ones who must ride in these seats and we all know that if they aren't comfortable a car ride can be less than pleasant for everyone.

Never use a booster seat with only a lap belt. Many families still have cars with lap-only belts in the center or older cars with no rear shoulder belts. With the wide variety of Safety 1st products with harnesses certified above 40 lbs. now available, there are excellent options for lap belt only locations. Also, consider getting a safety vest which provides its own harness.

Consider a car seat saver A booster seat can do some damage to your car, so consider purchasing car seat protection.

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Car accidents continue to stay the leading cause of death for children under age 14 in the United States. In 2007, of the 385 4-years old or younger child passengers deceased in car accidents, 30 percent were riding without baby, toddler or booster seats. This protection should be one of the most important items to purchase for every new parent. Not only will you need one to take your baby home from the hospital, but for every car ride thereafter!