Convertible Car Seats
We call a convertible car seat the one that can be used after birth where the convertible seat is used against the direction of travel (facing backwards) and also in the direction of travel (Forward Facing).This is normally the baby's 2nd car seat and we recommend keeping it facing backwards (Rear-Facing) until they are 2 years old or until they reach 40 pounds (approximately 18 kilos).
You can use the convertible car seat in forward-facing direction after your child reaches 20 pounds, but it will reduce their safety in a head-on collision, as well as taking away the comfort of seat reclining, as in this position the rear seat prevents their effective reclining. For this reason, we recommend that you extend the use of the rear-facing seat as much as possible. Remember that using this way is the safest and most comfortable for your baby.
Some Convertible Car Seat models can be used from birth in replacement for the Infant Car Seat. The vast majority holds a child up to 65lbs (approximately 5 years old), always depending on the model, car seat manufacturer and the child's height.
Important: Although some manufacturers indicate the use of the Convertible Car Seat in the first year of life, we recommend the purchase of the Infant Car Seat for the parents' ease of mobility, as they adapt to most baby strollers and for the child's comfort.
There are many different car seat models and brands and it is important to pay attention to features such as: head protection, weight capacity (some do not reach 65lbs capacity), seat recline, 5-point belt, fastening ways in the car (latch/isofix for example) and the safety structure that the seat offers to protect your child.
Remember that the use of a car seat is directly linked to the child's safety during a collision, for example. So investing in a cheap car seat without many resources can have a negative result in an accident. The more reinforced the seat structure, the more safety your child will have during a collision.
For more information on Car Seats visit our Baby Car Seat Guide
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