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Types of Car Seats

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Types of Car Seats, Features & Guidelines

There are lots of differing opinions on which car seats are the most comfortable, safest and most convenient. The best car seat for you will depend upon your needs and the needs of your child. However, all car seats MUST pass the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Take a look at the following information to help determine which type of car seat best suits your little one.

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Important features of an infant car seat:

  1. Side impact protection reduces the force of impact, so baby's head and body are protected
  2. Head & body support cushions for extra comfort and protection
  3. Five-point, front-adjust harness connects at the shoulders, hips and between the legs for a snug fit
  4. Up front harness adjust lets you easily adjust the harness system from the front
  5. Adjustable, stay-in-car base for easy installation
  6. On-base level indicator ensures seat is properly installed
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Infant Car Seat
Infant - Up to 35 pounds*

For newborns and small infants, these car seats are designed to properly support a developing child's back, neck and head. They allow for your baby to recline at a comfortable angle, with proper restraint that doesn't impede breathing. Infant car seats should be installed rear-facing.

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Convertible Car Seat
Convertible - Birth to 65+ pounds*

These types of seats can be very convenient because they can be converted as your child grows. They are designed to change from a rear-facing infant seat to a forward-facing seat for bigger kids. Some also convert a third way to become a booster seat.

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Forward-Facing Only Booster Car Seat
Forward-Facing Only Booster - 30 to 100+ pounds*

These seats fill in the gap between convertible seats and your car's own safety belt system. They are designed for children who have outgrown convertible seats, but are still too little to use regular car safety belts. They play an important role in preventing potential belt-induced injuries.

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* As weight and height restrictions can vary by model, please refer to individual car seat instruction manual for manufacturer recommendation.

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