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Shopping for our First Car Seat

There is no denying that some decisions are tougher than others for parents. Not only do we have to worry about the safety of our kids, but we also have to worry about the judgement from other parents about the decisions we make! In addition to buying a baby stroller, parents need to consider their child’s first car seat.

I was not too phased about the judgements of other parents ever since the birth of my second child as I felt I was equipped with enough information to make the right decisions for myself. I had a few things in mind when choosing a car seat:

  1. Safety
  2. Convenience
  3. Easy Clean
  4. Price

Lets look at these in a bit more detail…

Safety

I know nearly every parent out there will agree that the most intimidating thing about choosing baby gear is knowing just how safe they are. Of course every product wants to market itself as being the safest but what is actually the safest.

I found independent reviews on safeconvertiblecarseats.com to be a good indication for me, and although the best convertible car seat was not necessarily what I was looking for, it was helpful.

Side impact protection and a 5 point harness were probably the most important things I noticed. Also having the seat face rear for as long as possible pushed up the safety ratings.

Convenience

Convenience probably means something different for all parents. For me it means an easy installation an ability to be adapted to changing situations. I found that meant car seats can be attached to strollers to become a travel system, which you can read more about here.

I knew I needed to balance convenience with safety. I liked the idea of switching a convertible car seat forward facing when my child grows out of their car seat but they differed greatly in their weight limits.

I also liked the idea of having a bassinet in addition to the car seat which is usually seen in a travel system.

Easy clean

I am not interested in spending a bunch of time cleaning a car seat, and maybe it is just me, but I have particularly messy kids. A quick clean was something that was going to be essential for me. By quick, I mean quick. I wanted to wipe the car seat and forget about it.

Price

We are all limited by price, and some of the travel systems I saw were a bit out of reach for me.

What did I choose?

I actually did decide to go with a travel system! I found one that was within my budget and included a bassinet, a car seat and a stroller base. It’s working perfectly for me, and although there were many other great options, this one seems to be perfect for me.