Infant Car Seat or Convertible Car Seat?

Choosing a car seat is an important decision to make when it comes to your newborn. Do you buy the infant carrier car seat so you can snap it into your stroller when on the go or do you get a convertible car seat that you can use for many year?  The greatest benefit to an infant car seat is not waking up your sleeping infant every time you go from the car to the stroller. The convertible car seat saves you money as you only have to buy one car seat until your child is in a booster seat. Its cheaper to buy 1 car seat but then you lose the ease of transferring a sleeping baby from the car to the stroller. Here is a fantastic link with some of the best convertible car seats on the market. Parents who buy the convertible car seat often use a baby carrier or sling when they need to take the baby out of the car and keep them sleeping. This link is a side to side comparison of  an infant car seat and a convertible car seat.

Whatever decision you make, make sure you install your car seat correctly. Its very easy to do it wrong and for the safety of your newborn, learn how to install your car seat correctly for the first time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their recommendations of when to move your child from rear facing to forward facing. “In a new policy published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online March 21), the AAP advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat…The previous policy, from 2002, advised that it is safest for infants and toddlers to ride rear-facing up to the limits of the car seat, but it also cited age 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum.”