About the lowdown on convertible baby car seat
About the lowdown on convertible baby car seat.
You have a choice of two types of car seats for your baby: an infant car seat or a convertible car seat.
An infant car seat typically carries children up to 35 or 40 pounds and is rear-facing only. A convertible seat converts from rear-facing to forward-facing. It carries children from birth to between 40 and 80 pounds and 40 and 57 inches tall. Another type of convertible seat known as a 3-in-1 or all-in-one car seat can change from rear-facing to forward-facing, then into a booster seat for children up to 120 pounds. (Note: Some 3-in-1 car seats are not for babies since they’re forward-facing only.)
Although it’s cheaper to buy a convertible car seat instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible, some experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their newborn seems overwhelmed in a convertible seat. If you go for a convertible, make sure it has padding or a newborn insert that helps your baby fit comfortably.
Convertible seats are heavier than infant car seats and usually have to be installed in the car rather than clicked into a base that stays in the car. This means you can't easily take them in and out of the car, carry your baby in them, or snap them into a stroller.