Finding the best car seat for your baby

After a baby arrives in your life, you find yourself busy with her in so many ways. Some are fun, but some are not so easy. Taking the baby for her routine checkups or vaccination are the difficult ones. On certain days you may find yourself alone and need to take the baby along either to get the grocery or getting an urgent task done.

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A car seat is your savior here. With so many different styles and sizes available in car seats, getting a perfect and comfortable car seat can be overwhelming. You will get all the information here to make the best purchase possible.

Buy for the right age and weight

Among all the criteria of purchasing a car seat your baby’s age and weight are the most important ones. Getting a baby seat only by age or weight is not good enough, both are important. It is difficult to make a baby stay in her place, so get a car seat that holds her firmly considering her age and weight.

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Direction of installation

Convertible car seats are also available according the direction of its installation. It can be backwards towards the seat or facing the front. If you are purchasing the car seat for a baby then the backward facing is a good option and for the toddlers or kids you can get a front facing seat.

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Belts and straps

Babies are safe in a car seat because they are protected by the belt and the straps. So, an important point to consider is the quality of the belts, protective straps and the fasteners. Check carefully if the fasteners and straps are strong enough to bear a shock after a sudden brake or comfortable enough to let the baby be seated for long periods of time. The straps must not break or tear in case you have a collision.

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Padding

Padding will define the comfort for the baby and its ability to handle the bumpy ride. If you are travelling through a rough patch of road. The straps should also be padded to make continuous sitting enjoyable.

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Compatibility with your car

Getting a car seat just by friend’s suggestion or charming salesperson’s recommendation is not an intelligent decision. You have to practically check if the car seat is compatible with your car. It must be easy to install and take off. 

These are some of the points I consider important while purchasing a car seat. Other things like color and pattern can also be looked into to suit your taste.

What should you look for in a new baby crib

A sleeping baby never remains at one place snugly in her cozy blanket. She is sure to move around even while sleeping deeply. For this reason, every parent must get a crib before the baby arrives.

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A crib is the safest place for your baby when you are not around, and she is playing or sleeping. You can place her favorite toys and let her play in her crib, without worrying about a fall. Since we are talking about a piece of furniture for a baby, there are certain features that you must look into your purchase. For more info on regulations, you can read this article.

Materials used in the construction

When you think of a crib, I am sure you will think of a wooden crib. There are many other variations in materials like aluminium, Polyethylene and Polypropylene frames. The wooden cribs are durable and comfortable but are heavy to move and a bit difficult to set up. The cribs with aluminium or polyethylene frames are lightweight and easy to install, but may not be highly durable.  Whatever crib you find comfortable for your baby just ensure that the bars must be smooth and well-finished. You will never want your baby to get scratched or bruised with sharp edges or some protruding joint.

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Height adjustability

A crib with height adjustability feature is a good option. If your baby is sleeping or playing then you would want the maximum height and when you are around and want to pick baby from crib without bending, you can do so easily by raising the base of the crib. Just check that  adjusting the height should be easy with a lever or handle.

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Mattress Padding  

Check carefully for the mattress and its padding. It must be soft, quilted and thick so that the baby feels comfortable. It must be cotton based and synthetic because it will not be good for baby’s soft skin.

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Removable side frame

Getting a crib with removable side frame is always an advantage for a mother. If you want to change a nappy or give a sponge bath to the baby, removing the side frame will give you ease of access to do your work.

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Other accessories

Additional accessories with the crib will add to the comfort of the baby. A net, few colorful soft hanging toys in a wheeled crib is more than welcome companions with a standard crib.

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Do not consider purchasing a crib for your bundle of joy, a routine chore. You have to pay a close attention to its details and quality, so that your baby gets the best sleep and play time, just like the love you shower on her.