As it is fashionable to say today – I am an avtoledi. And so for me and my daughter one of the important purchases was the car seat. This is not only a question of transporting a baby, but first of all, a question of its safety. I decided to buy a car seat not once after the birth of a child, but a little bit later, when my daughter grew up and the need to visit the clinic and pool began to arise.
I tried to approach this question as responsibly as possible. But I will not hide, I decided to save a little and buy a universal car seat, which is suitable for a newborn, and then for an already grown up baby. And so, armed with experience from the Internet, I went to the store.
Attempt # 1
The store was waiting for me a huge selection and my eyes fled. It was possible to buy just a chair for the newborn and carry it in the supine position and against the motion. It was possible to buy a chair that was installed in two directions and in both lying and sitting positions. And it was possible to buy just a sedentary car seat, but this was not our option, since we had not yet sat.
I decided that the seat is reclining, which is exactly our option. It can be used for a long time, somewhere up to two years. The chair, which was simply recumbent and could be used as a carrier, I did not begin to consider, as I decided that it would be enough for us only for six months.
As a result, with the help of sellers, I found, as I then thought, the chair of my dreams – universal, beautiful, bright. Of course, I paid attention to his safety – the way of fastening in the car, seat belts for the baby, convenience and comfort for the child. I immediately installed it in the car and happy came home.
The next day we had to go to the clinic, and what was my surprise when I could not comfortably fasten my daughter in winter clothes – she simply did not have enough length of seat belts! I pulled them to the maximum – and all to no avail! I did not understand how so – we are only 4 months old, and the chair is designed for up to two years, but we can barely sit in it! I had to go back to the store.
This time I decided to be smarter and took the child with me for a fitting. We have long picked up the car seat. It turned out that in many models there are really very short seat belts. I was also amused by the sellers themselves, saying that the chairs are not intended for carrying children in winter clothes. So what? In winter, in the cold to carry a child in light clothing? I thought it was nonsense, and we did not stop our searches.
And here’s a miracle – there was a suitable chair, with long straps, with a reliable fastening system, with two positions in the car. I paid for the purchase and ran to install a new thing in the car. And here again, a surprise awaited me, unfortunately, unpleasant. I have a small car and two-in-one car seats in one simply do not fit in it.
Frustrated and dumbfounded again, I returned to the store.
After much experimentation with placing the child in different chairs, I left my desire to save money and made a decision, which for me was the only correct one.
I decided to buy a carrier for the age of one year. My daughter housed in it beautifully, we had enough straps and it fell into my car just fine.
And at age older than a year, I immediately bought just a sitting chair, which is installed along the way. Then I clearly understood that in the near future I would not like to go through all these torments of choice again and bought everything for the future. Well, of course, and I spent too well.
Therefore, my advice to you! Be sure to buy a car seat. Take the baby with you to the store and see if he will be comfortable in this or that model. Check the length of the seat belts, the reliability of fastening in the car. Try on the car seat immediately in the car.
For babies up to a year, be sure to take a chair with the possibility of lying down and against the motion – then your baby will sleep all the way, and you will calmly feel yourself at the wheel. And do not save – safety, the comfort of your baby depends only on you!