Infant Car Seat
Infant car seats generally face the rear of the car and are only for babies up to 22-35 lbs (depending on manufacturer’s specifications) and 29-32 inches tall. If your child is above the maximum weight or height limit for your infant car seat, it is time for you to move to the convertible car seat.
Convertible Car Seat
Convertible car seats still face the rear of the car at first, but then can be made to face forward as the child gets bigger. The maximum weight limits for these types of car seats ranges from 40-80 lbs depending on the manufacturer’s specifications and up to 50 inches. Another type of convertible car seat is the “3-in-1” or “All-in-One” car seat. This seat is a combination of the convertible car seat with the booster seat. This type of car seat can be economical because you are only buying one car seat instead of two or three, but bear in mind that most 3-in-1 car seats are not designed for infants.
As your child continues to get older, your child will graduate from the car seat and be ready for the Booster Seat. A booster seat is forward facing and its main purpose is to ensure that the seat belt properly protects your child. Generally children are not large enough for the general seat belt to protect them properly in the result of a wreck. The booster seat essentially raises your child’s seat and places them in a position where the seatbelt properly protects them by laying across their shoulder as intended. In a crash, children who use a booster seat rather than the regular seat lessen their chance of injury by 45%.