When it comes to car seats and protecting our precious children, only the best car seats will do. All car seats must meet certain stringent guidelines, but many car seats stand above the rest when it comes to safety and ease of use. We will list the top five rated car seats for toddlers in this article, but first let’s discuss some important topics involving car seat safety.
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that we place our children in the rear-facing position for as long as possible. Two years is recommended, but always follow the weight and height requirements of your particular car seat. Most convertible car seats, or ones that allow for an infant as well as a toddler, have maximum weight requirements somewhere between 40 and 80 pounds and up to about 50 inches tall. When your child reaches these milestones, a booster seat is then recommended. Another type of car seat other than the convertible one is a 3-in-1 or all-in-one car seat, which can also change to a booster seat for an older child
Perhaps the most important thing to look for when purchasing a car seat is a five-point harness system. This harness system will have straps for both shoulders, one between the child’s legs, and one strap for each thigh. Also, a LATCH system is present in all car seats and cars since 2002 and this allows for the seat to be attached directly to the car as opposed to the seatbelts. Also look for a seat that is easy to use since you will be adjusting it frequently as your child grows. Another important thing to look for is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s five-star rating system. The more stars a car seat has been given, the easier it is to use and the safer it is. Side-impact protection is a must as well. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and never buy a used seat since you never really know if it has been recalled or has been in an accident.
Here are the top five rated car seats for toddlers for 2013. All of the following get 4-5 NHTSA stars for safety and ease-of-use:
Graco SmartSeat All-in-One Car Seat
Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat
The First Years True Fit Recline Convertible Car Sea
Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat
Jennie is a family and home blogger. If you are involved in a car accident in Encino, let the professionals at Bob M. Cohen & Associates represent you.