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Just like potty training and learning how to walk, night weaning is a major milestone on the journey through infant-hood. And as it is with most milestones, babies reach them and excel at them at different times and rates. There are guidelines for the 'average' ages for when babies should slowly decrease the amount of feedings each night, but each baby is different and each method isn't for everybody. Always keep that in mind when researching time frames and different ways to go about things. You should do what is right for you and your baby and consult with your pediatrician along the way to make sure you're on a healthy path. 

Night weaning is not about restricting feedings; it's about transitioning so that feedings are more concentrated during the day. Making sure your baby is satisfied during the day is key. The idea is to gently help your baby adjust how much he's eating during the day so that he eats less at night. 

During the transition, use your baby's daytime actions as a measurement of progress. If you find she becomes more whiny, clingy, or distant during the day, take this as a clue to slow down your rate of night weaning or possibly try again in a few weeks. Some babies will wean themselves, some will need a little encouragement from their parents. Either way, your baby has to be ready to continue on to the next phase of food and sleep. The real goal is to make sure everyone is getting the sleep that they need while also respecting the needs of the youngest family member.

What's "Normal"

Keep in mind that frequent night waking is developmentally appropriate for young babies. It allows the baby to wake up when she is in a situation where she is having problems breathing and/or is not getting enough oxygen. Sleeping undisturbed at this age for prolonged periods of time is not healthy. A 'good sleeper' is a baby who wakes frequently but is able to get himself back to sleep. It is not a baby who sleeps through the night without waking. On the other hand, if your baby refuses to sleep, there are other methods to try such as establishing a strict bedtime routine. 

The time frame is different for each baby, but somewhere between 4 and 6 months is when most babies get enough calories during the day to sustain them for five or six hours at night. That being said, it's not odd for older babies to continue waking up to eat or for younger babies to sleep for much longer. On top of that, your baby has other important needs such as the reassurance of being held and fed in a parent's arm. Make sure you are still making plenty of time for reconnecting with your baby. She still needs a tremendous amount of comfort, closeness, and reassurance from you.

Babies should eventually quit nursing at night on their own and the amount of urging you intend to use is based on your own health. If you ou enjoy nursing at night, there's no reason to stop. However, it's hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you're chronically sleep deprived. So if you find yourself consistently feeling grumpy and exhausted, and if your baby is physically ready, maybe it's time to make the change. 

The Baby Sleep Site recommends the following general guidelines for the amount of night feedings that seem to work most babies:

  • Newborns to 3 months old: Feedings every 2-3 hours, on demand
  • 3-4 months: 2-3 feedings per night or every 3-6 hours, on demand
  • 5-6 months: 1-2 night feedings
  • 7-9 months: 1, maybe 2, night feedings
  • 10-12 months: Sometimes 1 night feeding
  • 12+ months: generally no night feedings.

Habit versus Hunger

When it comes to your baby waking up at night, there's a difference between waking up to nurse and waking up out of habit. Getting your baby on a feeding 'schedule' can mean that your baby will wake up around the same time for many nights to come. If it is habit, it can take more time to alter this schedule. That being said, it can be very difficult to differentiate between habit versus need so consult with your pediatrician before jumping to any conclusions.

The Two Sides

As with any argument, there are two sides on the topic of night weaning. Some experts say that a baby who eats several times throughout the night for 'unnecessary' feedings may be the recipient of more sleep issues. A wet diaper or an upset tummy could cause him to wake up again later and then want to feed more. This creates a vicious cycle.

On the other hand, some experts say that night feeding can strengthen the bond between parent and child and that night weaning shouldn't be rushed as long as long as the feedings aren't too disruptive to the family. 

If you believe that long-term lack of sleep due to nighttime feedings is one of the sacrifices you make when you become a mom, and that the only person who can cut off night feedings is your baby, that is perfectly fine. But this doesn't work for everyone out there. The decision to wean or not to wean is a personal choice and every mom is entitled to make the decision for herself. 

In the end though, you should do what's best for your baby and for you. Night weaning should never be rushed, and the amount of urging by the parent(s) should depend completely on their individual's situation. 

Pro Tips

If you do decide to night wean, make sure your child is physically ready. Perhaps consult with your pediatrician to make sure the time is right. Plus, follow these top tips:

  1. Make sure your baby gets plenty to eat during the day. This is key. Making sure your infant is satisfied during the day will decrease the need for feedings at night. Some moms recommend increasing evening feedings so that your infant has a full tummy right before bedtime. 
  2. Gradually eliminate feedings one at a time. Start off by either decreasing the amount per feeding, or scooting two feedings closer and closer until they become one. Continue this process with time and don't move too quickly.
  3. Gently but firmly explain that it's time to sleep, not eat, and pat her tummy. Sooth her but don't feed her or pick her up. If your baby cries inconsolably for more than 2-3 nights in a row, return to your normal routine and try weaning again in a couple weeks. Your baby should cry only a little for a night or two before adapting to the new system. 
  4. Increase daytime contact. Unlimited nursing and cuddling during the day can offset the decrease in attention during the nighttime. It's important to still have that one-on-one closeness with your baby.
  5. Have your partner comfort your baby instead of you. Your presence and the smell of your breast milk can make your baby want to feed. Your partner can comfort baby in other ways such as lying next to her and holding her. If you're sleep sharing, move her bed to your partner's side. 
  6. Eliminate teething discomfort. If you suspect your infant may be teething at all, consult with your doctor for suggestions. Your baby may be nursing more often to try and alleviate gum pain.
  7. Avoid night weaning during times of transition or stressful events. See below for a list of examples. Both you and your baby need to be at your best when approaching this transition.
  8. Start the process slowly and gradually. As with any milestone in your infant's life, night weaning takes patience. Pay attention to your baby and her needs and re-evaluate in a couple weeks if she isn't ready quite yet. 
  9. If you are concerned about losing your supply, simply pump an extra time in the morning. 
  10. If it feels right for you and your baby, don't stop. Eventually your baby will quit on her own without the push of a parent. Soon enough your baby won't be nursing at all, so enjoy the experience while you can. 
  11. Solid food. If you recently introduced solid food, your baby could be waking more often due to problems digesting the food. This happens particularly in babies under 6 months. Consider decreasing solid foods in the evening or eliminating solid foods until his digestive system matures more. 

When to Not Wean

Most of the time, the decision to wean is based on both the needs of the infant and the mother, as well as any practical situations related to the family. However, in some situations, it may be best for those involved to delay weaning until the conditions are better. Examples include:

  • Illness. You may want to delay your first attempts at night weaning if you or your child are feeling a little under the weather. This especially includes if your child is teething, has a cold, or is just not in tip top shape overall. It's best to meet this milestone when both parties are at their best. 
  • Food allergies. If either parents has experienced food allergies, talk to your pediatrician about delaying weaning until after your child's first birthday.
  • Changes at home. "Changes" can mean a variety of things: a move to a new home, a pregnancy or a new baby (always breastfeed the newborn first), your return to work, a marital disruption, a new child care situation, and any other potentially stressful situations. These are not the best times to initiate another major change such as weaning. 

The exception to this is if the child initiates the weaning themselves instead of being led by the parents. You want weaning to be as unstressful as possible.

Signs Your Baby is Ready

With such a wide range of ages for night weaning, how will you know when your baby is ready for the transition? Look out for the following signs, which, when seen in multiples, are indications that your baby may be ready to start dropping night feedings:

  • Your baby is not eating as much at night or even treats nighttime feeds as play time. If your baby wakes up and you go to nurse her, but you find that she nurses only a little, then is wide awake and wanting to play, this may be due to habit instead of hunger. She is waking up based on a schedule and not a need for food, showing that these nighttime feedings might not be necessary anymore.
  • Your baby has successfully started solid foods. If your baby has started eating solid food, it's only a matter of time before he's ready to wean from nighttime feedings. He still may need a nighttime feeding or two, but this should be unnecessary after a couple months. This also means that you'll need to make sure you can maintain a good milk supply once you drop nighttime nursing. Consult with your pediatrician or a lactation consultant.
  • Age. If your baby is older than 4 months, it is normally safe to assume that your baby is developed enough to cut back (but not discontinue entirely) on feedings during the nighttime.

Scientific Studies

  • Essentially, there is no need to worry about establishing an long-term sleep issues when breastfeeding.

Remember the Goal

Night weaning is not a battle to be won - it's an effort to meet the needs of both parent and child. Night waking is temporary and young children will grow out of it eventually. But getting enough sleep can be essential for your day to day life and health. It is extremely important to respect the needs of your infant while also making sure you are taken care of as well. The goal is to maximize sleep for everyone. And if you've accomplished that, congrats! If it's not working, you can always change it up and do things differently. Remember that this is all temporary and sleep is just another thing that changes as your child grows. 

In Conclusion

Night weaning is a very open-ended milestone in the sense that it is accomplished during a wide range of ages and with a variety of different methods. The most important factor is making sure that both mom and baby are ready to move forward with this important milestone. Stay in tune with your baby's needs and things will work out. Approach the process gradually and gently, and if you are unsure of how to proceed, talk to your baby's pediatrician. They can help you sort through any issues and help you make the right decision. 

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When your baby is ready to join you at the kitchen table, it's time to get them their own special chair! This chair will have many purposes: a place to eat, an area to play, a pathway for exploring solid food, and a gateway to socializing with family and friends. When it comes to starting solid foods especially, it's important to have a spot for your little one to eat that is safe and easy to clean. High chairs now come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, which can make picking out a high chair a daunting task.

The perfect high chair should be easy for both parent and baby to use, as well as safe. It should be comfortable and ideally not a total eyesore. When introducing solid foods, be prepared to be blessed with a gigantic mess all over that area - meaning your ideal high chair definitely needs to be easy to clean too. A high chair also functions as a tool to keep your baby upright, which is important for eating solid food. 

Options

Nowadays it's all about the options! While this can make high chair shopping a scary thought, it also means that no matter what your preferences are, you're bound to find the perfect high chair for you and your baby. Think about your needs and start there. Where do you plan on eating your meals? In that space, how much room do you have to store a high chair and will it fit next to the table? Larger, standalone high chairs can sit anywhere, but also take up a lot of space. They usually have their own trays too, which can help with the clean up. There are more affordable, plastic options, but there are also high chairs that are loaded with all the bells and whistles! This includes, but isn't limited to: washable cushions, wheels, footrests, reclining seat (think bottle feedings), adjustable chair height, and so much more! 

If space is an issue, consider a folding chair that can be stored away while not in use. There's also convertible high chairs that transform as your child grows, allowing you to get more use out of the one product. Take into consideration safety first (as always) then decide what features are most important to you. That's a great start!

Side Note: Portable High Chairs

A popular option is a portable high chair, especially for families that travel or eat out a lot. It can attach to the edge of a table but it has its downsides. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually warns against the everyday use of chairs that clip onto the table's side. The table must be heavy and stable, and the seat must be locked into place properly. Even then, a baby can kick and push if they can reach part of the table with their feet. It is possible to use these chairs safely, and they can be a great option for use depending on the situation. However, we are not including them in our guide to the perfect high chair. 

When?

About when are you going to need a high chair? The answer is not until about six months. You'll start getting use out of it around the time your baby starts solid foods, but your little one must also be able to hold themselves fully upright. Depending on the convertibility of the chair, you can get 2-3+ years out of it. The more the chair transforms with your child, the longer you'll be able to use it. 

What to Look For

With so many options out there, it's important to pick what's right for you. That being said, here at the top things to consider:

  • Safety.  Safety first as always! A good high chair should have some type of safety belt that goes between their legs. Let's face it, kids are contortionists. If they want out of that chair, they will squirm until they get out. So strapping them in will  help prevent injuries. The high chair should also have a stable base to prevent tipping. 
  • Comfortable. Your child could be spending a lot of time in this chair. So just like any chair you would enjoy sitting in, it needs to be comfortable. Its design should also help support your child in their attempt at sitting upright. 
  • Easy to Clean. If the chair has its own tray, is it removable? If so, is it dishwasher safe? Crumbs and juices will find their way into every nook and cranny and the easier it is to clean, the happier mom will be. A plus is when the pads or pad covers are removable and machine washable. Ease of cleaning is the factor that made most people either love or hate their high chair so don't take this lightly! 
  • Space. Based on how much space you have, this could determine the size of the chair should be and if it can fold or not. 
  • Multi-Purpose. While convertible high chairs are for everyone, they can get you more bang for your buck. They grow as your child grows, which means you can use it for longer. 
  • Durability. This chair will be used for years to come (even longer if it's convertible) which means it needs to be durable enough to take on the everyday wear and tear of a messy baby/toddler.

Best High Chair 2017

With all of that to take into consideration, here's our pick for this year's top high chair!

Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 Ridgedale High Chair

This high chair has the best all around options all in one chair! It's a convertible chair, meaning it can transform between a full-size high chair, booster seat, and toddler chair. The booster and toddler chair separate in a way that each can sit one child, perfect for siblings! It features a 5 point safety harness (3 point harness for the toddler chair) and a dishwasher-safe, removable tray that has 4 locking positions to give your baby growing room. The seat pad is removable and machine washable and the seat can be reclined into three different positions. To top it all off, it weighs only 21.4 pounds, which is less than the average stroller!

Pros

  • Less than $100
  • Locking wheels
  • Dishwasher safe and machine washable removable parts

Cons

  • Made of plastic
  • Limited color options
  • Max weight of 50 lbs
graco blossom 4-in-1 convertible high chair

As if a 3 in 1 wasn't enough, this high chair is a 4 in 1! It converts between a traditional baby high chair, infant feeding booster seat, toddler booster seat, and a youth high chair. It features six height positions and three recline levels so you're sure to find the right position for your child. There's a one-hand removable tray insert that is dishwasher safe, making it easy for clean up even when your hands are full. The seat pad is removable and machine-washable as well. You can simultaneously use the highchair and toddler booster or the infant feeding booster and youth chair to accommodate two children at once. This chair also features a convertible 3- and 5-point harness. 

Pros

  • 4 in 1 convertibility
  • Dishwasher safe and machine washable removable parts
  • Made of metal

Cons

  • You'll pay more for different colors
  • Weighs 32 lbs
  • Max weight of 60 lbs
Abiee Beyond Wooden High Chair with Tray

This high chair pairs functionality with long term use because it can be used as a traditional high chair, a toddlers chair with multiple height position options, or as a traditional dining chair for all ages. It's weight limit is 250 pounds and it weighs a mere 17 pounds! The tray cover is removable and dishwasher safe and the seat is stain resistant and waterproof, making cleanup a breeze. This product is BPA-free, latex free, lead free, and phthalate free. The seat comes in multiple color options: red, blue, green, black, cream. Plus, the seat comes in either mahogany or a lighter natural wood color. 

Pros

  • Convertible and built to last
  • Multiple color options
  • Max weight: 250 lbs

Cons

  • Over $150
  • Seat pad isn't machine washable
  • No wheels

Cosco Simple Fold High Chair - Folding & Affordable

cosco simple fold high chair

This chair is perfect for parents on a strict budget and/or parents who are limited on space. It folds and stands on its own, making it easy to hide away or take on the go. Plus, the product weighs only 13.9 pounds, making transportation that much easier. The three point safety harness keeps kids secure and the easy wipe seat makes all that baby goo easy to clean. This chair is a great affordable option that keeps the basics in mind. 

Pros

  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Lightweight for transportation
  • Extremely affordable

Cons

  • Made of cheap plastic
  • Max weight: 50 lbs
  • Seat pad is not removable or machine washable
fisher-price spacesaver high chair

This high chair is designed with small spaces in mind because it attaches to a regular dining chair. It has all the features of a full-size chair without being a space hog. It's 3-in-1 convertibility goes from a reclining newborn seat to a high chair to a toddler booster seat easily and comes with a 3 point and 5 point safety harness for added security. There's two height adjustments, three recline positions, and the product weighs only 1.1 pounds! The dishwasher safe tray has one-hand removal and the seat pad is machine washable. It's compact size is perfect for on-the-go families. 

Pros

  • Great for small spaces and on-the-go families 
  • Under $50
  • 3 fun color designs

Cons

  • Max weight: 50 lbs
  • Requires stable dining chair
  • Made of plastic

In Conclusion

With so many options on the market today, you are pretty much guaranteed to find the right chair for you and your baby. If you plan on keeping the chair for as long as possible, you'll definitely want a convertible high chair. With this, you'll want to look at durability as well so you can be sure it will stand up to the wear and tear over the years. If you're looking for something more affordable, there's definitely products out there. You'll be able to find a good value for all the bells and whistles you do or do not want. 


Just like how some of these high chairs are convertible, there's lots of convertible car seat options too! Check out our buyer's guide for the best convertible car seat

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After you become a parent, self-care becomes invaluable. When you put your children above anything else, it can be difficult to find time to do things for yourself. However, it's still important to stay healthy. Whether you just enjoy living a healthy lifestyle, or want to regain your pre-pregnancy body, some exercise can do you wonders. You'll feel like a whole new person if you can carve out some time for exercise, fresh air, and just doing something for yourself. In the long-run, it will make you a happier, strong role model for you kids.

To aid in finding time for exercise, you can go jogging using a stroller and it will allow you to involve your baby or toddler in your exercise routine. That being said, a baby riding in a normal stroller during a run/jog is at risk for injury. Regular strollers are not built to withstand the bumpy movement of a faster pace. You'll need to find the perfect jogging stroller that meets your needs and your child's needs. 

Do You Need a Jogging Stroller?

Not every parent needs to spend money on a jogging stroller so first let's establish if you need one or not. Regular strollers are great for walking around on consistently smooth pavement such as your newly paved neighborhood road or the mall. For bumpier surfaces or faster paces, you'll find the convenience of a jogging stroller a welcome idea. Regular stroller wheels aren't meant to glide over bumps and will wobble incessantly at higher speeds. This wobbling can cause your stroller to veer off course easily, making it more difficult to control.

Jogging strollers are equipped with things such as larger wheels in triangle formation to glide over uneven surfaces, air-containing tires and suspension systems for shock absorbency. Jogging strollers can double as an everyday stroller but an everyday stroller cannot double as a jogging strollers. There's too much risk involved. These factors all make a jogging stroller a great investment when it comes to exercise, your baby, and your health. 

What to Look for

When shopping for the perfect jogging stroller, you should be looking for the following features:

  • Locked Front Wheel. This option is solely dependent on what type of runner you are. While a swivel wheel makes the stroller more maneuverable, a locked front wheel will keep the stroller's path straighter and easier to control. However, using a locked front wheel means that in order to turn the stroller, you must lean the stroller back onto the two back wheels in order to rotate or change directions. Most earnest runners wouldn't even consider a swivel wheel as an option. But for the less serious runner, a swivel wheel can be beneficial for strollers that aren't just for running.
  • Brakes. Jogging strollers should have two kinds of breaks: a parking break for when you're stopped and a hand break to help you slow down. These are two safety features that can be lifesavers. A hand break is a must, especially for serious joggers, double strollers, and stroller-blading. 
  • Safety tether. This small item is extremely important: it means to runaway strollers when you lose your grip. If the stroller doesn't come with one, you can purchase one here
  • Five point harness. Just like a car seat, it's important that your child is strapped in properly. A 5 point harness is the way to go. 
  • Reclining seat. A reclining seat is more than just for the comfort of your child, it's for their safety too. A reclining seat distributes all the bumps throughout your child's body instead of the forces because concentrated on the spinal column (this is what happens to a child that is sitting upright). On the plus side though, it can help your child fall asleep, making it that much easier for you to just enjoy your run. Movement + kids = sleep. 
  • Canopy. Jogging strollers should include an extendable canopy to block your child from the harmful sun's rays and a peek-a-boo window so you can check on your child easily. 
  • Three air-filled, plastic, large tires. Larger tires will aid in gliding over rough or uneven surfaces. The tires should be air-filled. This also means that you will have to maintain tire pressure and there's always a possibility of getting a flat tire (just like your bike). 

When to Start Jogging

While some strollers are compatible with infant car seats, you cannot jog with your child until he/she is at least 8 months old (some experts even say you should wait until after they're 1 years old). This is because a younger infant doesn't have the strength to keep his head and neck stable under the impact of jolts and bounces. Most jogging strollers accommodate children up to five years old so you'll still have plenty of time to get good use of your jogging stroller after the one year mark. 

The Best Running Stroller for You 

Here we have assembled a list of top running strollers for you and your baby. It's important to pick one that best fits your desires and lifestyle. 

Chico TRE Performance Jogging Stroller

This jogging stroller has it all! It features adjustable FlexCore suspension, which allows you to choose between a soft ride for bumpy strolling or a more firm ride for jogging. It's handlebar houses controls for a hand-activated swivel wheel / locking wheel switch, hand-activated parking brake which easily locks both rear tires in place, and a hand-activated deceleration brake for slowing down while moving. The handlebar also has a removable parent tray and cup holders and adjusts in height to 4 different positions. The seat has an adjustable five point safety harness, water repellant fabric, one-hand recline in five positions, and accepts all Chicco KeyFit car seats. 

Pros

  • Parking and deceleration brakes
  • Swivel and Locked Wheel options
  • Quick one-hand fold
  • 5 point safety harness

Cons

  • Weight capacity: 50 lbs
  • More expensive
  • Heavy - weighs 34.5 lbs
BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Jogging Stroller

This BOB jogging stroller features a state-of-the-art adjustable suspension system that offers 3 inches of travel and 2 stages of weight support that an ultra-smooth ride. It's swivel-locking front wheel locks forward for increased stability or swivels to maneuver tight turns with ease. The adjustable handlebar offers 9 different positions that provide a perfect fit for parents of every height. The BOB stroller is travel system ready with the BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter (sold separately) that allows you to pair it with a matching BOB car seat or many other major brands.

Pros

  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • State of the art suspension
  • Swivel or Locked Wheel

Cons

Joovy Zoom 360 UltraLight

This ultra light stroller from Joovy allows you to go the distance with high-functionality and low weight. It features a front swivel wheel that locks, mesh pockets for your child's snacks and toys, and a parent organizer for 2 beverages, keys, and phone. This stroller weighs only 25.7 pounds, but has a weight capacity up to 75 pounds! It has a one-step linked parking brake for secure stops, but doesn't have a hand brake. The aluminum frame has shock-absorbing suspension and easily folds into a compact piece. A car seat adapter can be purchased separately to make this stroller compatible with a variety of different infant car seat models. 

Pros

  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Includes running leash and tire pump
  • High-quality aluminum frame
  • Comes in multiple colors

Cons

  • No hand brake
  • Seat back can be too short for taller children
  • Still large even when folded
Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger

The Graco FastAction jogging stroller accepts all Groco Click Connect infant car seats for easy access. It features one-second, one-hand folding with an automatic storage lock and is self-standing when folded. This is a great feature for when your hands are full! It's swivel front wheel can be locked, providing an easy transition between jogging stroller and every day stroller. This stroller also keeps parents in mind with a smartphone crable, 2 deep cup holders, a covered storage compartment, and reflected for low-light visibility. There is an extra large canopy that covers the 4 position reclining seat and the stroller weighs only 50 pounds. The safety harness can be either 3-point or 5-point.

Pros

  • Under $150
  • 5 point or 3 point safety harness
  • Locked or Swivel Wheel options
  • One-second One-hand fold

Cons

  • No hand break
  • 2-step break on the wheels
  • Very large even when folded
  • Weighs 30 lbs w/ max weight of 50 lbs
phil&teds Sub 4 World's Fastest Jogger

As the name of this stroller implies, it was made for fast joggers, especially fartlek and marathon runners. It features extremely large, air-filled tires and a 80% steel / 20% AeroCore foam frame for efficiency. It's seat has a five point safety harness and is ergonomically designed and made from state-of-the-art aerocore material that is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. The adjustable handlebar lets you set the position for your perfect running posture. The brakes are one-hand dual disk brakes for speed control and full suspension along with torsion control bars for a responsive frame flex. 

Pros

  • Made for speed and long distance
  • Dual disk brakes for full-control
  • Designed for perfect weight distribution and long stride length

Cons

  • Weight capacity: 44 lbs
  • Weighs 35 lbs
  • Pricey
  • No swivel wheel option
Thule Chariot Cross Multisport Trailer

This is not your average jogging stroller. It can be converted for use for four different activities: biking, jogging, strolling, and skiing. It includes the bicycle trailer kit and strolling kit, but the ski kit and jogging kit are sold separately. The frame has an adjustable leaf-spring suspension system to ensure and smooth ride and the seat pads are comfortable and removable for easy cleaning. It is available in 1 child or 2 child options and is perfect for the multi sport adventurous family. 

Pros

  • Multi-sport gives you one stroller for all your outdoor activities
  • Weighs only 28.2 lbs

Cons

  • Must purchase multiple kits in order to complete the set
  • Very expensive

You May Also Need:

Hand Safety Strap

Safety Light

Mosquito Repellent Armbands

In Conclusion

There are so many jogging strollers out there on the market right now, but I am confident that you will find the best running stroller for your needs and your child's. With so many options, the perfect stroller for you is definitely out there. While keeping your needs in mind, make sure you are also remembering that safety is the ultimate priority. Never compromise on your desired safety features.  Even if you aren't an avid runner, a jogging stroller can be a great addition to those must-have baby items. 

Quite a few of the strollers on our list also support an infant car seat attachment. Read our comprehensive buyer's guide for the different types of car seats available on the market today.

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Any parent with a child over the age of 3 has gone on this journey. And if you're reading this, sounds like you're about to go on that journey too! Potty training is the long process of getting your toddler out of diapers and independently using the bathroom. There will be lots of accidents along the way, but know that it's normal!

Potty training starts somewhere in a wide range of ages. You should start watching for signs around 24 months, but most toddlers don't take the leap until around their third birthday. About 40-60% of children are trained by 36 months, but accidents can continue into years 3 and 4. Plus, girls complete training 3 months earlier on average. How do you know it's time? Physically, your toddler should have the motor skills to sit and rise from the potty chair or toilet seat, as well as sense the urge to go to the bathroom. Developmentally, your toddler should understand what this feeling means and be able to verbally express the need. Waiting until your toddler is truly ready will help create a more pleasant, less stressful, and faster adventure for everyone involved.

Every person and expert out there has a variety of theories and potty training tips on the best way to potty train your toddler. There's a ton of advice out there, but the truth is that it depends on your child. Whichever route you take, you need the right tools to start off. Potty training is hard enough, which is why we've put together a list of the best potty training toilets.

Why a Toilet?

There are two main options when it comes to devices for potty training: free-standing potty chairs or a kid-sized toilet seat that fits onto a standard sized toilet. Unless you're dealing with a kid over the age of three, potty chairs are less intimidating because the sheer size of the adult toilet can be overwhelming. They're also portable and easier to access, making your child feel more comfortable and more in control. Overall the potty chair is a safer bed and your toddler can grow into an adult toilet when they are ready to start using that.

The "Special Chair"

When starting the potty training process, it's important to explain the point of your child's new "special chair." Explain what it's used for and maybe even put their name on it. Surround it with toys and/or books, and place it wherever he/she wants. Some experts say that pride of ownership can facilitate the interest in potty use.

It's not necessary to put it in the bathroom at first. It should end up there so it can be associated with elimination, put some parents have had success starting it elsewhere. Perhaps in their bedroom for easy access right after a nap? Or maybe near the kitchen for use after meals? Sounds kind of gross, but when you're potty training, you want to make it as easy a possible on your little one.

Best Potty Training Toilets

Fisher-Price Royal Stepstool Potty

Fisher-Price has always been one of the top brands when it comes to kids and they definitely deliver on this product. This potty is a 3 in 1 potty training device: it comes with a training potty, removable potty ring for use on the regular toilet, and can fold into a sturdy step-stool for use all over the bathroom! There's four different royal tunes that reward your toddler's success and it has a built-in splash guard for boys. The removable bowl makes cleaning a breeze and when it's time to transition to an adult potty, the potty ring is easily removed and adjusts to most toilet seats. Make you toddler feel like royalty with either blue/green for boys and pink princess for girls.

Summer Infant My Size Potty

This potty by Summer Infant boasts the look and feel of an miniature realistic adult potty to help make the transition that much easier. It even has a handle that makes a flushing sound to reward and encourage your toddler. Like most potties, this one features a removable bowl for easy cleaning and a clip-on splash guard for boys. It also has a built-in wipe dispenser and the lid comes off for storage. The lid also flips up like an adult toilet for when you little boy is ready to learn to go standing up.

BABYBJORN Potty Chair

Perhaps the most popular feature of the bjorn potty training chair is that is comes in 7 different colors, making it easier to coordinate with your bathroom colors. It also has a separately-sold matching step stool for use around the bathroom and house. This potty is sturdy and comfortable, presenting a high back and comfortable arm rests. All their products meet U.S. plastic safety standards and are continuously, rigorously tested for bisphenol A (BPA) and health-hazard substances. It also keeps the basics in mind with a splash guard and easily cleaned, removable bowl.

Munchkin Arm & Hammer Multi-Stage 3-in-1 Potty

This three in one potty functions as a potty chair, removable trainer seat, and a sturdy step stool with a textured lid.  Arm & Hammer's game is freshness, so this toilet uses odor-fighting, deodorizing disc (1 included, the rest are sold separately). It integrates the power of baking soda with Nursery Freshener Discs for safe and effective odor control. This toilet won BabyCenter Moms' Pick in 2015 and the Innovation Award given by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This toilet makes potty training as easy as 1-2-3.

The First Years Disney Baby Mickey Mouse 3-in-1

This potty training toilet is yet another great example of a 3 in 1 toilet. It has options for a standalone potty with a high pee shield, toilet ring with soft foam seat for an adult toilet, and a sturdy step stool for use around the bathroom. It has a 'flushing' handle that makes a motivating revving noise to encourage good bathroom habits. What a better way to reach a toilet training milestone than with Mickey Mouse?!

Cons of the Potty Chair

Most potty chairs have a removable basin for dumping and cleaning. Make sure you can stomach this; some parents say it's even worse than diapers! The little chair takes up extra space in a small or already cluttered bathroom. Some prefer the potty seat, the as mentioned above, the sheer size of the adult potty can be over-whelming for the amateur potty user. At this stage in life, you just want to do whatever works.

You May Also Need These:

Flushable Wipes - Pampers Kandoo

Portable Training Potty - Pottete Plus 2-in-1

Silverflye Piddle Pad

In the End

Remember, potty training will be a small blip on the radar in the longrun. While it's a difficult task, it's on the of the biggest parts of growing up. When picking a training potty, consider that a step stool can be used all over the house long after the potty training journey is over.

Accidents are normal. Keep in mind that parent's expectations can often surpass the abilities or understanding of a toddler. There will be a lot of frustration and imperfect attempts (and a lot of sitting on the toilet waiting for something to happen!).  Setbacks are normal, but consult your pediatrician along the way to make sure you're on track. 

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Few things come close to the joy you get from watching your little one crawl around your home. Babies at this stage are full of enthusiasm and curiosity; they are super active and love to explore the home, limited only by their developing legs not being ready to walk yet.

This is the stage where you want your baby to learn and have fun. You want to turn their curiosity and desire to explore into a habit by encouraging them to learn from what they do. Baby jumpers are the perfect toys for your infant at this stage - they indulge your baby's curiosity by providing fun learning activities based on developing motor skills and strengthening all their muscles. They also give you the flexibility of getting some stuff done around the house while keeping your baby entertained, safe, and stationary. 

We're here to help you learn everything you need to know about the best baby jumper and help you decide if it’s right for your baby. We'll also point out the top products in this category, along with their pros and cons. 

What is a baby jumper?

A baby jumper is so much more than a toy: it comes with a ton of activities for your child to explore and experience. At the most basic level, a baby jumper has a seat where your baby sits. Your child can then jump up and down repeatedly by pushing their feet off the ground, and it fills them with delight to be able to do so.

It’s a perfect way for them to safely expend their energy. Most baby jumpers come with a variety of toys that are ready to amaze and delight your toddler. Some even provide audible feedback (e.g., musical sounds) based on your baby's actions. 

Some experts say that using a baby jumper can help develop your child's muscle strength, but not all experts agree. However, something that jumpers definitely do is engage your baby. They fuel curiosity and they especially help expend that extra energy. After all, a pooped baby is a tired baby. 

For parents, baby jumpers can be handy because they keep your child stationary and entertained - something that can be very hard to come by when your baby is starting to crawl and move about the house. 


Types of Baby Jumpers

Based on their construction, there are three main types of baby jumpers you can get:

  • The Doorway Jumper: This is the simplest of them all. It contains a springy cord that has a seat at one end and a clamp at the other. You fix the clamp on the doorway, sit your baby on the seat, and watch him/her have fun. Make sure that their feet are touching the ground.

  • The Stationary Activity Jumper: These are the most popular kinds of jumpers. They take up less space and do not require a doorway to use. It comes with a solid frame, typically made of a sturdy material like steel, for support. Attached to that frame is a seat and  toys your baby can have fun with. They can also be used outdoors.

  • The Stand Jumpers: They are like a hybrid between the above two. They come with a stand from where you hang a spring attached to a seat. So you get the high jumps of the doorway jumpers with the flexibility of using them outdoors. Naturally, they are a lot pricier than the other two categories.

When should you get a baby jumper?

If your baby can crawl and keep their head upright, but hasn’t started to walk yet, you can get one. Normally this is around 4-6 months old. Some jumpers come with a minimum age and maximum weight requirements, so make sure you check these before you make the purchase.

5 Best Baby Jumpers

We've put together a list of the top 5 products that many customers feel are the best baby jumpers on the market right now. 

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

This is the most popular product on the market and is my personal favorite too! Five different toy locations engage your baby in different ways and lead to overall development of muscles. Plus, it features the animals that are most popular with kids this age - a monkey, an elephant, a parrot, a tiger, a squirrel and more. 

The seat rotates 360 degrees so that your baby can interact with the toys in anyway she wants. It also comes with an electronic piano and fun sounds your baby will love. While it offers a lot of functionality, the design is kept fairly basic - it's focused on safety and support. 

Features

  • Motion Triggered Lights and Sounds
  • No Doorway Required
  • Light-up Musical Piano
  • High Strength Metal Frame
  • 3 AA Batteries Required (Not Included)
  • Easy to Use, Move, and Store
  • 360 degree Rotating Seat
  • Weight Capacity: 25lbs
  • Max Height: 32in
  • Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo

    Your baby will just love this jumper! The steel frame is especially stable so your baby can jump to their heart’s content. The baby should be at least 4-5 months old to use this jumper so that they can hold their head high without assistance.

    The best feature of this jumper is the steel frame that keeps your baby safe. Lots of zoo animal toys and fun sounds will also let your little one have endless fun with this jumper. You can adjust the height in three different positions as your baby grows.

    Features

  • Motion Triggered Lights and Sounds
  • No Doorway Required
  • Light-up Musical Piano
  • High Strength Metal Frame
  • 3 AA Batteries Required (Not Included)
    • Easy to Use, Move, and Store
    • 360 degree Rotating Seat
    • Easily adjusts to 3 different heights
    • Weight Capacity: 25lbs
    • Max Height: 32in
    Evenflo ExerSaucer Jump and Learn Jumper, Jungle Quest

    Evenflo products have always focused on improving the gross motor skills of your infant. More than 58 learning activities ensure that your kid has a unique and fun learning experience every single time, without getting bored. And you can customize this even more with take-with-me-toys.
    Not only does this jumper provide 2X the bounce, the seat is super-comfortable, and gentle on your baby as he/she lands on it after every jump. The seat is machine washable, and easy to wipe-clean too!

    Features

    • 100% Polyester
    • No Doorway Required
    • 58 Learning Activities
    • High Strength Metal Frame
    • Take With Me Toys
    • Soft Landing Pad
    • 3 AA Batteries Required (Not Included)
    • Easy to Use, Move, and Store
    • Engaging Lights and Sounds
    • 360 degree Rotating Seat
    • Easily adjusts to 3 different heights
    • Machine Washable Seat Pad
    • Weight Capacity: 25lbs
    • Max Height: 32in
    Baby Einstein Neptune's Ocean Discovery Jumper

    The first thing I noticed about this baby jumper from Baby Einstein was the 5 adjustable height settings. It can hold a maximum weight of 25 pounds. Total value for your money! You will find more than 12 activities and toys, including an electronic piano, music lights, and frog bead chasing. It also helps in language learning in English, French & Spanish. Your child will always be occupied without getting bored. You can even add additional toys to make this even more FUN for your baby!

    Features

    • 100% Polyester
    • No Doorway Required
    • English, French and Spanish
    • High Strength Metal Frame
    • Lead Free, BPA Free
    • Easy to Use, Move, and Store
    • Engaging Lights and Sounds
    • 360 degree Rotating Seat
    • Easily adjusts to 4 different heights
    • 3 AA Batteries Required (Not Included)
    Evenflo Exersaucer Door Jumper, Owl

    Some babies like to jump really high with enthusiasm. If yours does too, a doorway jumper is the perfect choice for your baby. The Evenflo Exersaucer is very springy and gives your baby the delight of a high jump. Don’t worry about the clamps slipping out - the Exersaucer clamps hold your doorway tightly so that as your infant giggles in delight, you know that he/she is safe.

    Features

    • 100% Polyester
    • Fully Enclosed Spring
    • Lead Free, BPA Free
    • Weight Limit: 24lbs
    • Easy to Use, Move, and Store
    • 360 degree Rotating Seat
    • Adjustable Straps
    • Batteries Not Required

    Your Buying Guide to the Best Jumpers for Babies

    There are so many kinds of baby jumpers available with different options for toys and activities that it is natural to get confused over what to buy. I have narrowed down the list to five great products. This buying guide lists a core set of features you should look for and questions you should ask when getting the best jumpers for babies.

    1. Start by asking, what kind of baby jumper do you want? - a doorway jumper or something more portable.
    2. Once you have decided that, note your baby’s weight. Safety comes first and you don’t want to injure your baby by using a product that can’t support your little one’s weight.
    3. After safety comes the comfort. Make sure that the material used in the seats is extremely soft and gentle on baby's skin.
    4. Now decide on the toys. What kind of toys does the jumper come with? Can you replace them if you need to? How many different activities are provided by the jumper? Usually, you will want more activities to let your baby explore and remain engaged peacefully.
    5. Storage and portability are the next features you should consider. You should look for products that are easy to carry around and store when not in use.
    6. Finally, the price. Most baby jumpers cost less than $80, however, the stand-based models can go up to $150. Decide how much you’re willing to spend and then pick the best product in your budget.

    Conclusion

    Baby jumpers are great toys to keep your babies happy and engage them in activities that help them learn while having fun. They also help develop their motor skills and are safe and comfortable to use. The products I have listed above are the best jumpers for your baby on the market. If you give one of them a try, don’t forget to come back and share your experience here! We'd love to hear your feedback!

     And when your baby is ready to start walking, check out our list or the best baby walkers for carpet!

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    Preparing for the arrival of your child can be a stressful process, especially if this is your first pregnancy. You need to equip yourself with as much information as you can regarding the baby products that will prove to come in handy. Parents have usually already bought a variety of baby clothes, toys, bottles, and nursery items before the mother gives birth. One thing parents often forget about is a product that’s very important: a car seat.

    After you give birth at the hospital and sign yourself out with your newborn baby, you’ll start to walk over to your vehicle. For those who forgot to buy a car seat, they’ll have no way of safely securing their baby in the car. Parents who do think ahead usually end up buying a car seat that will accommodate to their child for many years to come; something that will be hard to outgrow too quickly. The standard age in which you can transfer your child from a car seat to an adult seat belt rests around the age of eight. That’s a lot of years spent using a car seat.

    Baby Car Seats

    Infant car seats are installed in a rear-facing manner. Sometimes they effectively transition between a car seat and a baby carrier. These are referred to as travel systems. Usually there is a base that you install in the car, and the seat can be easily removed and added. As far as price goes, infant car seats cost anywhere between $80 to $500. However, these seats usually become useless after a year or two as your child grows. Be careful how much you spend on a car seat that will be useless rather quickly. 

    Convertible Car Seats

    Instead of buying an infant car seat, a car seat for toddlers, and a booster seat (during the first few years), you should consider investing in a convertible car seat. You’ll end up saving money using a car seat that will grow with your child. Convertible car seats are typically more bulky and cannot be efficiently moved in and out of your vehicle. This eliminates the possibility of carrying your baby around in the car seat. However, some parents actually recommend using a convertible car seat straight from the baby’s birth. That way the baby doesn’t have to get used to the feeling of sitting on a new car seat after just one year.

    Convertible car seats have a unique design that gives you the freedom to install the car seat rear-facing or forward-facing. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that installing a convertible car seat rear-facing is your baby’s safest option. You should only install car seats in the back seat. Consumer Reports go on to say that only after your child reaches the age of two can you install convertible car seats in a forward facing manner. Some states in America require you to install your convertible car seat rear-facing until your child reaches the age of two. This complies with safer pediatric standards.

    Depending on the convertible car seat you buy, they can hold a baby weighing between 20 and 65 pounds. This is an exceptionally large range for the price. Convertible car seats end up costing less than infant car seats since they are suitable for more sizes.

    What Makes a Car Seat Safe?

    If you’re worried about some car seats being ineffective for carrying your child, you shouldn’t be: The Federal government has created a list of requirements that all car seats sold in the USA have to comply to. On top of reaching the Federal requirements, car seat manufacturers usually perform extra crash tests as well.

    The Federal standard for a crash test says the car should be moving at 30 miles per hour. Sometimes more expensive brands even perform crash tests at 35 mph. You’ll notice that a car seat with a five-point harness will have straps for both sides of your baby’s hips and shoulders and one for in between his or her legs. The newest car seat models all utilize this harness.

    Furthermore, this safety feature will maintain the alignment of your child’s spine, head, and neck, and will protect its chest. The padded foam works to distribute the force resulting from a car crash in an even matter, which keeps your child protected. Incorrectly installing car seats is more common than you would think since over 80% of car seats are reported to be setup incorrectly. You must ensure that your child is correctly harnessed into the carseat and falls within the weight and height range of the seat.

    A car seat that isn’t securely fastened will not work as effectively to protect your child whenever there’s an accident of some sort, which defeats the purpose of the car seat.

    Carefully read the instructions:

    Car seat installation can be especially tricky. Make sure you thoroughly read the manual provided by the car seat manufacturer before installing the seat. This ensures that the car seat is securely fastened and suitable to hold your baby. Keep in mind that a securely tightened car seat shouldn’t move lengths surpassing one-inch in all directions. Pediatricians and parents alike rave about convertible car seats. Keep reading for detailed reviews of the best convertible car seat available on the market. 

    Best Convertible Car Seat Winner Under $100: Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat

    Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat

    For those who value safety above all other features, you should consider the manufacturer Evenflo. It's known for adhering to rigorous safety test guidelines that most car seat manufacturers don't even bother with.

    The particular Evenflo car seat being discussed is Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat. It's the brand's most lightweight, safe, and portable model that is guaranteed to fit inside multiple vehicles. Parent's love the fact that it's easy to carry while still being snug and sturdy enough to support their baby.

    On top of this convertible seat satisfying the federal car seat safety standards, the convertible car seat is built to withstand twice the amount of energy levels exhibited during a crash test following Federal standards.

    Instead of having a car drive at speeds reaching 30 miles per hour for a crash test, Evenflo performed a crash test with a car reaching speeds of 60 mph to prove it can keep your child safe.

    Features

    • Material: 100% Polyester
    • Meets & Exceeds all Federal Safety Standards
    • Integrated Body Cushion
    • Two Crotch Buckle Positions
    • Machine Washable Outer Pad
    • LATCH System
    • Forward Facing Weight Limit: 22 pounds to 40 pounds
    • Forward Facing Height Limit: 28 inches to 40 inches
    • Made in the USA
    • 5 Point Harness System
    • Recline for Rear-facing
    • Included: Removable Head Pillow
    • Foam Liner
    • Rear Facing Weight Limit: 5 pounds to 30 pounds
    • Rear Facing Height Limit: 19 inches to 37 inches
    • Cup Holder Option

    What’s the design?

    Easy to Install

    Since Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat costs less than $100, most parents mistakenly think that it’ll be difficult to install and will consist of cheap materials. Neither one of those assumptions regarding the build of convertible car seat is true. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing high-quality features over a low price tag. Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat requires little work on your part for the installation process. You have two installation options to choose from which includes both the seatbelt and the LATCH system installation. Most parents prefer the LATCH system since it doesn’t use the car’s seat belts.

    However, some parents find fastening seat belts a more simple process, so the decision is up to you. The LATCH system present in the Tribute LX allows you to directly attach the car seat to your car’s frame rather than using the seat belts to achieve the same security. Once again, make sure you read the manual before installation. As a side note, Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat does not come with level adjustment features.

    Best Convertible Car Seat Runner Up Under $100: Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat

    Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat

    This Disney car seat is great when it comes to having a themed car seat option.

    In fact, Disney set itself apart when it refused to adhere to the traditional convertible car seat design and instead released Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat to offer a fashion-forward car seat that your baby will gladly sit in.

    Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat is built with Mouseketeer Minnie fashion. It includes a mouse ear head rest as well as high-quality fabric build that helps to hold your baby in a happy and comfortable state.

    The additional design of the Minnie signature located at the lower right-hand side of Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat adds the perfect touch to an already visually appealing convertible car seat.

    Features

    • Meets all Federal Safety Standards
    • Side Impact Protection
    • Five Different Harness Heights
    • Included: Two cup holders
    • Rear-facing Weight limit: 5 pounds to 40 pounds
    • Rear Facing Height Limit: 19 inches to 40 inches
    • LATCH System
    • Five-point harness
    • Three Buckle Locations
    • Available in Five Colors
    • Forward facing Weight Limit 22 pounds to 40 pounds
    • Forward facing Height Limit: 34 inches to 43 inches

    What’s the design?

    Easy to Adjust

    Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat is built with the five-point harness system. This means your baby will have straps going along both sides of its shoulders and hips as well as through the middle of its legs.

    Disney included up-front adjustment features to work with the five-point harness system, so your baby is seated in the back with comfort and ease. If Disney Baby Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat is the first car seat you buy, you’re in luck since it comes with five harness heights along with three buckle locations that function to conveniently accommodate to the constant growing your baby will be going through.

    Best Convertible Car Seat Winner Over $100: Graco Milestone All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

    Graco Milestone All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

    For those who aren’t interested in a car seat unless it contains an all-in-one design, the best convertible car seat to consist of an all-in-one design comes from the factories of Graco Milestone.

    Parents all rave about three in one car seats since they guarantee that your baby won't need another car seat for a really long time. This makes this car seat style the ideal investment. If you don’t mind spending a bit of money on a car seat, this seat will satisfy your priorities since it includes notable designs that will make your life easier when compared to other convertible car seats.

    Graco Milestone All-in-One Convertible Car Seat features three different car seat positions that include rear-facing, forward facing, and a high-back booster that will support your baby through all of its growth stages. In regards to safety, Graco Milestone follows the New Car Assessment Program on top of the Federal safety standards. This means that this car seat has gone through crash tests that are performed at energy levels twice as much as the Federal standard requires.

    Parents find it hard to believe there is a car seat that combines all the best features and safety standards. Graco Milestone made the impossible possible with its All-in-One Convertible Car Seat.

    Features

    • Side Impact Protection
    • Frame Built: Reinforced Steel
    • Adjustable recline: Four positions (two forward and two rear)
    • Five-point Harness restraint system
    • Belt-Positioning Booster Weight Limit: 30 pounds to 100 pounds
    • EPS Foam
    • Comes with Safe Adjust Harness System
    • InRight LATCH system
    • Rear-facing Weight Limit: 5 pounds to 40 pounds
    • Forward-facing Weight Limit: 20 pounds to 65 pounds

    What’s the design?

    User-Friendly Installation System

    Graco Milestone has built Graco Milestone All-in-One Convertible Car Seat to include its exclusive InRight Latch system. It comes with an attachment that emits a click sound when you've correctly installed the car seat.

    This incredibly effortless installation process will take you one-second to complete. Plus, you'll be sure it's secured in its place.

    Best Convertible Car Seat Runner Up Over $100: Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

    Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

    If you’re a parent who prioritizes a car seat with adaptable qualities that ensure your baby can make use of the same car seat till childhood, you should stop searching for your ideal car seat because Safety 1st has already produced it. Safety 1st recently released a Grow and Go series of car seat models whose purpose is to hold your baby from the time of its birth to the time he or she starts elementary school. This car seat series prevents the awkward transition period that babies hate to endure when they have to accommodate from an infant car seat to a convertible car seat.

    The best-selling car seat in the Grow and Go series is hands down Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, which offers similar features as the car seat reviewed above but costs approximately $50 cheaper.

    For those who still want an all-in-one car seat design but find the previously reviewed car seat to be too expensive, Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is your next-best option.

    Features

    • Impact absorbing side protection
    • Padding is Machine Washable & Dryer Safe
    • Extra Leg Room Design
    • Head Comfort Pillow Headrest
    • Three Recline Options
    • Three Stage Use: Rear-facing, Forward-facing, & Belt-positioning Booster
    • Rear-facing Weight Limit: 5 pounds to 40 pounds
    • Made in the USA
    • QuickFit Harness
    • Built-in Harness Holders
    • Two Included Cup Holders
    • LATCH system
    • Comes in Ten colors
    • Belt-positioning booster Weight Limit: 40 pounds to 100 pounds
    • Forward-facing Weight Limit: 22 pounds to 65 pounds

    What’s the design?

    Easy Installation & Adaptable Design

    In regards to the installation process associated with Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, this car seat primarily depends on the LATCH system for rear-facing and forward facing car seat positions. A harness will no longer be necessary when your child reaches the age that the only suitable position for his or her height and weight would be the belt-positioning booster mode. This means your car's seat belt will function as the primary form of protection and support.

    The installation involved with Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is one of the easiest reviewed here because Safety 1st specially color-coded parts of the car seat so you can't make any mistakes during the setup process. Safety 1st manufactures a car seat that features a worry-free installation and multifunctional use, so your baby won't  have to change car seats in the first years of his/her life.

    Conclusion

    Hopefully, you now have a thorough understanding of what to look for when buying a convertible car seat, so you don't make a mistake and purchase a model that won't fit your car or your child. Out of all the four convertible car seats reviewed above, one must have caught your eye and helped in narrowing down your list to the final car seat you’ll eventually end up buying.

    I would highly recommend buying either Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat or Graco Milestone All-in-One Convertible Car Seat. The main difference between the two options is that one will cost you under $100 while the other has a price on the opposite end with a value costing over $100. If you don't think a convertible car seat is for you, check out our list of the top travel system to make getting in and out of the car a breeze.

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    Top 10 Tips For When Your Baby Refuses to Sleep Through the Night http://bestbabyinc.com/baby-refuses-to-sleep/ http://bestbabyinc.com/baby-refuses-to-sleep/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:51:41 +0000 http://bestbabyinc.com/?p=392 Is your baby waking you up all night? We're here to help with our list of the top things to do when your baby refuses to sleep through the night.

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    One of the first things expecting parents hear is “Don’t expect to sleep for a long time!” All experienced parents have gone through the seemingly endless amount of sleepless nights and put up with the sleep deprivation that comes with sleep training your baby. And all expecting parents have that looming stress of the many sleepless nights to come. But trust me, it’s worth it! Your baby is one of the greatest gifts you will ever receive and your sleep deprived time will be paid back tenfold with years full of smiles, laughs, and so much love.

    In the beginning of your baby’s life, he or she will sleep 16 to 18 hours a day on average. This sounds great, except there is no typical sleeping pattern for newborns. All these hours of sleep are accomplished throughout the day and each moment of rest varies from a few minutes, to a couple hours. As adults, your sleep schedule is based on day/night patterns, so this is difficult to deal with. It’s usually not until a baby is six weeks old before you start to see sleep patterns being more concentrated during the night and less during the day. Six months is about the time to start official sleep-training, and by one year, babies should be sleeping through the night. In order to help get your through those first few months, here’s ten tips to help you when your baby refuses to sleep through the night:

    1. Establish a Bed Time Routine

    In a study of 405 mothers with an infant or toddler aged between 7 and 36 months old, researchers found that having a consistent bedtime routine “resulted in significant reductions in problematic sleep behaviors for infants and toddlers.” The study accounted for multiple aspects of sleep behaviors and they found improvements for wakefulness after sleep onset, sleep continuity, and maternal mood. What kind of mom’s mood wouldn’t improve with more sleep?! In all seriousness, establishing a specific bedtime routine that can be repeated each night has been shown to be very beneficial. Some recommend starting with a warm, soothing bath and straight into pajamas to get the ball rolling. You can start this process as early as 6-8 weeks old.

    Consistency is key.

    2. Be Active During the Day and Relaxed at Night

    This type of approach is similar to establishing a bedtime routine, but extends throughout the entire day and night. In the evening, focus on quieter games and activities; this keeps your baby from getting too excited right before bed. During the daytime, stay active and enjoy louder, more excitable games. This will help tire your baby out from daytime activities and associate day time with being awake and active.

    3. Play White Noise

    A study found that a significant amount of babies fall asleep within five minutes in response to white noise. In fact, 80% of those exposed to white noise fell asleep within five minutes compared to only 25% of the control group who fell asleep spontaneously. That’s quite a difference! Plus, the gentle hum of white noise can block out other sounds, such as the clicking of a lamp turning off. The noise can also be a part of your bed time routine: scheduled use can help associate the sounds with it being time for sleep.

    4. Use a Cool Mist Humidifer

    Some pediatricians recommend having a cool mist humidifier in your baby’s nursery to help add moisture to the air. This helps creates optimal breathing conditions, which in turn helps loosens mucus and allows your baby to sleep more comfortably. Humidifies can also help relieve dry, irritated skin such as red patches and chapped lips by helping the skin retain its natural moisture. There’s lots of products out there on the market, but we’ve tried to help you out by putting together a list of the top cool mist humidifiers available. And keep your eye out: some even have the ability to play MP3’s, making them a great two-in-one for a white noise machine and a cool mist humidifier.

    5. Decide If You Want to Use a Pacifier (or not)

    In the first few months of life, you’ll find yourself waking up to a crying baby who has spit out his/her pacifier. You stick it back in and go back to bed, only to wake up ten minutes later to do the same thing. According to the American Society of Pediatrics, there’s some evidence that pacifier use while sleeping could possibly help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Even though the rate of SIDS has significantly decreased over the past few decades, much more research is needed in order to really declare that pacifiers can possibly be a preventative method for SIDS. Around eight months, babies have enough motor control to put the pacifier back themselves. However, until then decide which route you want to take.

    6. Use a Night Light

    Using a night light in your nursery has two main benefits:

    • Having a soft light can be great for sneaking in to see what your baby is doing. Turning on a bright light risks waking up your baby in the middle of the night and you definitely don’t want that. Having no light makes it too difficult to see, so a nightlight is a nice compromise.
    • When you have to breast feed or change a diaper in the middle of the night (I’m sure you will have to enough times!) there’s no need to turn on the overhead light or a bright lamp. The bright light can wake up your baby even more, making it more difficult to go back to asleep. Use the night light and it will be that much easier to get you and your baby to sleep again.

    To aid in your search, we’ve assembled a list of the best nightlights for baby.

    7. Make Sure Your Baby has a Safe Sleeping Environment

    Every couple of years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) comes out with new recommendations for methods of preventing/decreasing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is unexplained, unexpected infant death, most of which is sleep related. While there’s still no certain answer on causes, there’s lots of research on factors contributing to the risk of SIDS. Here are the top recommendations:

    • Put your baby to sleep on his back every time. This means every nap, every night, and with every caregiver (babysitters, grandparents, etc.). 
    • Use a firm sleeping surface with a tight-fitting sheet.
    • Room-sharing without co-sharing. The AAP actually recommends keeping your baby’s crib in your room for at least the first six months. See #8 below.
    • Avoid the use of soft bedding such as crib bumpers, pillows, soft toys, and blankets. The crib should be bare. 
    • Prevent exposure to alcohol, tobacco smoke, and illicit drugs. 

    To read the full study on SIDS by the AAP, read here and here

    8. Move the Crib into Your Bedroom

    This move may seem frowned upon, but it’s actually recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Currently, the AAP states that infants should sleep on a separate sleep surface (no co-bedding) in the parents’ bedroom during the first year of life. This recommendation was released in 2016 and has received much criticism from doctors. Consult with your pediatrician about the pros and cons of doing this.

    If you find yourself co-bedding occasionally, know that you’re not alone. A 2003 study found that at least 65% of breast-feeding mothers found themselves co-bedding at some point in the first year of their infant’s life. Just make sure you research safe sleeping habits: here’s a good article to get you started.

    9. Put Her to Sleep When She’s Drowsy

    Think of your baby’s awake/sleep levels as a scale from 1 to 10: 1 being wide awake, 10 being knocked out. Put your baby in her crib when she’s about an 8 and quieting down, but not asleep. This is a process though – it takes time and a consistent bedtime routine. It’s also important to play on natural sleep windows when your child is ready to fall asleep. If you miss this natural opportunity, the second-wind could result in a more difficult time getting him/her to sleep later. You can start this process when your baby is about 6-8 weeks old, but not all babies respond to this method. Every baby is different developmentally and has different sleep characteristics (some sleep great and others  battle it every time!). If it works for you, then great. If not, time to try something else and maybe revisit in a couple months. 

    10. Know that it’s Normal

    Despite all the current research and all the things you’ve heard or read, night-waking is normal for newborns. This is a fact that, to a certain extent, new parents just have to accept. Newborns sleep lots throughout the day, but usually only get a few hours of sleep at a time maximum. Each baby has his/her own developmental pace, but in the long-run, babies learn to sleep through the night. Look to your pediatrician for guidance throughout the process. Especially if you’re getting toward the one year birthday and still having difficulties.

    Conclusion:

    Before you know it, your baby will be a master of sleeping through the night! In the meantime, keep your head up and keep chugging along. You will get there. Make sure you are keeping your pediatrician updated with progress so you can make sure you’re still heading in the right direction. Babies need to get used to healthy sleep habits early so they can establish a good sleep cycle when they’re ready. It can leave you overtired when you are forced to wake up whenever your baby wakes, especially when they start crying; but hopefully our sleep tips will help you put your drowsy, fussy baby to bed and make parenting just that little bit easier. Good night!

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    American Academy of Pediatrics. (2016). SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. Pediatrics; 138; 1-5. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/5/e1341.full

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    Spencer JAMoran DJLee A, et al. White noise and sleep induction.

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    “What makes a car seat safe?” This is the most asked question of every new parent shopping for this essential baby product. It is imperative that you choose the right car seat for your baby; it can make your life easier and it can even save your baby’s life. We’re going to go step-by-step through the top things to consider when buying a car seat: safety features; age, weight, and height appropriateness; and the major mistakes to avoid.

    Car Seat Safety Features

    In order to get a high-quality certification, car seats must meet the safety requirements set forth by the law and pass an in-depth crash test. The goal of every car seat manufacturer is to create a car seat with passenger safety being a top priority. Here are some key features that you should look for when you go car seat shopping:

    Installation Process

    An easy-to-install car seat can save you a lot of sweat and tears in the long run. A popular option is the latch system, which is a newer car seat base system that installs the car seat in your vehicle without using the car’s seat belts.

    • Push-on connectors, not metal hooks, should easily click in place to ensure they are secure.
    • The built-in lock mechanism should be able to hold the car seat and the seat belt securely in place.

    The Carseat Harness

    A car seat could have either a 3-point harness or a 5-point harness system. Usually we recommend a five-point harness because it is the safest type of restraint protection. A five-point harness attaches to the seat in five different places: two located above the baby’s shoulders, one at each hip, and one between the legs of the baby. On the other hand, a 3-point harness system includes two straps above the shoulder of the baby and one between his legs. The height of the harness should be easy to adjust preferably with a dial or a knob. Harness straps that need to be re-threaded in order to be adjusted are more prone to user errors. The harness height of a rear-facing car seat should be just a tad below the shoulder of the baby and for forward-facing car seats, it should be above the shoulders of the baby.

    Crash-Impact Protection

    No one wants to be in a car accident with a baby on board but you need to be ready just in case. Thus, your baby’s car seat needs to have crash-impact protection. This should include protection for side impact, as well as forward and rear impact, which helps promote child safety. what-makes-a-car-seat-safe

    Age, Weight and Height Appropriate

    Choosing the right car seat based on the age, height and weight of the baby is very important. Even if the car seat is complete with all the safety features but is not the right fit, it will not be safe for your child. Babies outgrow car seats very quickly. You should make sure your child can be harnessed in correctly at their current stage. Babies outgrow car seats very quickly. Each state has its own set of laws pertaining to what makes a car seat safer. Some states will even slap you with a fine for not securing your child in the proper car seat. Fine or no fine, having the right car seat is a must because it is a surefire life saver. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics have a guide for which type of car seat to choose based on the age, weight, and height of your child. All car seats and children 12 years and below should always be seated in the back seat.

    Rear-facing Car Seat

    These are typically infant car seats or a baby car seat used during the first years of your child’s life. They’re mainly used from birth to two years old but your child should never exceed the recommended weight limit stipulated by the infant car seat manufacturer. This type of car seat will protect your baby in case of a crash and an infant seat should never be placed in the front seat. Something that’s cool about rear-facing car seats is that they sometimes can be purchased as “travel systems.” This means that the car seat can be easily moved in and out of the vehicle, and sometimes even fashioned as a stroller. This makes travel that much easier. Rear-facing car seats are better infant seats and baby car seats.

    Forward-facing Car Seat

    Forward facing car seats are for toddlers, aged from about two to four or five years old, and weighing no more than 40 pounds. Each car seat has a slightly different weight and height limit so make sure to look at that for each car seat you’re considering.

    Belt-Positioning Booster Seats

    A belt-positioning booster car seat is ideal for children four to eight years old, approximately. However, the child should not be taller than 4 feet 9 inches and should always sit in the back seat of the vehicle. This type of seat raises the height of the child so that the car’s seatbelt can properly fit him/her. Your child is ready for the adult seat belt if the lap belt is on his upper thighs and the shoulder belt is on his chest. These booster car seats have options for a backless booster seat or a high back booster seat.

    Convertible Car Seats

    A convertible seat is aptly named because it can be adjusted and converted into different types and sizes of seats (such as a 3 in 1). Basically, it’s an all in one car seat that grow with you child. Most feature removable (and sometimes washable) pads that can make the car seat more or less snug. This allows you to have one car seat for a longer period of time instead of buying a new one with each stage of life. Read our article for more information about these.

    Major Mistakes to Avoid

    When choosing a car seat for your little one there are rules on what makes a car seat safe. To make sure the car seat you choose is safe, here are two of the most major mistakes to avoid:

    Buying or inheriting a second-hand car seat.

    While it may be cheaper or even perhaps free, employing a used car seat means you run the risk of putting your baby in an expired car seat. Car seats usually expire after 6 years. This is because car seat materials receive a lot of wear and tear and models are tested for only a couple years worth of use. Plus, the required safety standards change as improvements in technology and research are released.

    Buying the Wrong Car Seat

    There is a right car seat for every stage of your baby’s growth. Additionally, buying a car seat that is not the right size for your vehicle can pose some safety concerns. Adding pads to make the car seat fit in your vehicle is a dangerous thing to do. A car seat for your baby is one of those products that really must be high quality. It keeps your child safe and comfortable when you take him along with you in the car. Choosing the right car seat is not as simple as choosing the nicest color and design. Optimally, you should have a child car seat that your child fits snugly in, straps that fit correctly and keeps him restrained/secured, and has impact absorbing padding. Topmost in your mind should be what makes a car seat safe – it could save your little one’s life.

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    There are basically three types of car seats – the infant car seat, the convertible car seat, and the booster car seat. More importantly, a safe carseat is an essential product you will need to buy for your child. Every child needs to be secured and harnessed in a car seat that’s appropriate for their weight and height. When shopping for car seats, you need to take several things into consideration. You need to choose the right car seat for your child based on his age, height and weight . A safe car seat is one that is a perfect fit for your child. After all, child safety is a top priority. You also need to make sure that the car seat installs easily and properly into your car. A car seat that is not properly installed will cause your child more harm than good when in a crash.

    Types of Car Seats

    When you are buying your first ever car seat, you have 3 types of car seats to choose from. Children can outgrow car seats rather quickly, so it’s important to monitor each seat’s weight and height maximums. Before you know it, they’ll be using the adult lap belt. Read below to help determine which car seat type is best for your needs.

    types of car seats for infantsInfant Car Seats

    This is the first type of car seat most new parents would buy. It is a rear-facing car seat, which is recommended for newborns and young babies. A large percentage of these seats come as a travel system. This means the car seat can be detached and attached to a separate car seat base using a LATCH system. Some carriers would require an adapter so it can attach to a chassis. If the car seat and chassis are of the same brand, they are most likely to be compatible and would not need an adapter for the bases. Some car seat carriers though are compatible with chassis of different brands.

    • Infant seats provide the perfect fit for infants and small babies.
    • Most models can comfortably accommodate babies from as small as 4 pounds and up to 40 pounds.
    • They come with an infant insert to fit smaller babies. They also have a 5 point harness system with front adjustments and straps. Using a five point system is usually safer than a three point system.

    If your child becomes too tall before he becomes too heavy for this car seat, it’s time for a new one. You will need to get him a car seat appropriate for his height: the crown of your baby’s head should always be about one inch from the topmost shell of the car seat. The fit should be snug but not too restraining. The infant car seat may be small for your baby if he exceeds the maximum height limit recommendation.

    Convertible Car Seat

    When you are buying your first ever car seat, you can opt for an infant car seat or opt to invest a bit more for a convertible car seat. It will end up saving you money in the long run. When your baby exceeds 40 pounds, he will no longer fit in his infant car seat and you may need to buy a new one. Additionally, an infant car seat is only rear-facing. If you want a more versatile car seat, one that your child can use for a longer period of time, you should go for a convertible car seat.

    • A convertible seat is ideal for newborns all the way until your infant is about two years old.
    • These car seats can be either rear facing seats or forward facing car seats, ideal for older babies.
    • A convertible car seat has a similar restraint system to an infant’s car seat.

    This type of car seat has a higher weight limit when used rear-facing. This means a baby over 40 pounds can still be in this rear-facing car seat. That is the feature that the American Academy of Pediatrics likes most about convertible car seats. The AAP believes that a rear-facing car seat is the safest of all types of car seats. Thus the longer babies are kept in rear-facing car seats, the safer it is for them. When the child is ready, this car seat can simply be converted into a forward-facing car seat and eventually into a booster seat. If you choose a convertible car seat for your newborn, make sure it comes with a newborn insert so your baby can comfortably fit into the car seat. 

    all-in-one car seatAll-In-One Car Seat

    This is a great value car seat because your child can use it from birth up to the time he is ready for the car’s safety belt. This is a variation of a convertible car seat. It can shift from rear-facing car seat to a forward facing car seat all the way into a booster seat (3 in 1).

    • Rear-facing, can accommodate babies from 4 to up to 45 pounds
    • Forward facing (with harness), can accommodate children from 25 pounds up to 65 pounds
    • Booster mode, it can accommodate children up to 120 pounds.

    This type of car seat is heavy and really large. The carrier is not detachable. It may be difficult to smaller cars and even smaller babies. Car seat installation can be tricky so make sure you read the manual.

    types of car seats for toddlersBooster Seats

    You child will need a booster seat he becomes too big for a forward-facing car seat.

    • The child uses the seatbelt of the car seat.
    • Booster car seats lift the child at the center of his collarbone so the built-in car seat belts perfectly fits him.
    • Available as a high back booster and backless booster models.

    The high-back models are more preferred because they provide more protection for impacts and the shoulder seat belt is better positioned. However, the backless models are easier to install and are more portable. The law in most States says that children should be kept in booster seats until they are 9 years old or at least 80 pounds and should be in the back seat, not the front seat, of the vehicle.

    Each type of car seat has its own pros and cons: the convertible car seat provides a lot of versatility for a better value, but an infants car seat makes it much easier to transport your baby in and out of the car. Choosing the right type of car seat for your child and your car can be difficult, but do your research and pick which one is best for you needs. Whichever type you go with, always make sure your child is securely restrained and buckled in the car seat. After all, car seat safety and passenger safety is a top priority.

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    Car Seat Guidelines: 3 Important Tips in Choosing the Best Car Seat

    The safety of your child while riding in your car is of the utmost importance. You must ensure that the carseat fits perfectly in your vehicle and can snugly secure its occupant in the back seat of the car. Each state has its own set of laws pertaining to car seat safety, but all states in the U.S. require that when in a car, infants and children have to be in child safety seats. The requirements largely depend on the age of the child as well as his/her height and weight.

    Choose the right type of Car Seat

    When talking about choosing car seats based on the age, height, and weight of the child, car seat guidelines speak of rear-facing car seats for infants, forward-facing seats for toddlers and booster seats for older children. The positioning of the belt should always correct fit the neck and the chest area correctly. If the belt is fashioned incorrectly, serious injury could be the result in the event of any crashes.

    rear facing car seatRear-Facing Car Seats

    This is the best type of car seat for young children as they are designed with babies in mind . Most come with a 5-point harness system, and they also move and cradle with the child during a collision to protect him/her. Experts say that rear-facing car seats are the safest car seats. The latest car seat guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) stipulates that you should place your child in a rear-facing car seat until he is about 2 years old because it’s safer. It can also be until he has reached the maximum weight and height requirement as suggested by the manufacturer. Car seats should be only used in the back seat and not the front seat of a vehicle. Most rear-facing car seats can be attached to a chassis (with or without adapter) to create a travel system. They use a latch system which makes infant seats easily removable. When using an infant car seat, keep in mind that a child can outgrow the restrains quickly. Each seat should fit properly at the shoulder and your child should be secured but not scrunched.

    Convertible Car Seats

    This is ideal for toddlers roughly between 8 months old to about 4 years old. Convertible car seats can work both as rear-facing and forward-facing car seats. They can accommodate a child of up to 40 pounds when used rear-facing and up to 70 pounds when used as a forward-facing car seat. Some even convert completely into a booster seat. They tend to be a little bit more expensive than your average car seat, but for a car seat that grows with your child, that’s money saved in the long run.

    Booster Seats

    As your child grows, his/her sitting position will change too. Around age 4, your child has outgrown regular car seats: it’s time to upgrade to a booster seat. Because these seats do not have a harness, your child will be using seat belts for the first time. Booster car seats come with either a high back and backless options. A high back booster seat usually comes with head and neck support, which is ideal when your car does not have a high back or head rests. This type of booster car seat enhances the height of the child to ensure that the adult safety belt perfectly fits her. On the other hand, a backless booster seat has no neck and head support. It is ideal for vehicles with high back and head rests. Just like the high back type, this booster seat enhances the height of the child so the seat belt will fit perfectly.

    Matching a Car and a  Child Car Seat

    Not all car seats on the market will fit all vehicles. Before choosing the best car seat, make sure that it will fit well inside your car and can be easily and properly installed. Car seat installation can be tricky, so make sure you read the manual on child safety seat installation. Most car seat manufacturers have a car fitting list that you can refer to to determine if the car seat fits inside your car. Remember that it’s not just a matter of the car seat fitting inside your car; the car seat must correctly fit inside your car. You should also be mindful of where in the car you will install the car seat. These are the things that you need to consider in deciding if your car seat is the right fit for your car.

    • Never install a rear-facing car seat in front of any airbags.
    • There should be enough free space around the car seat.
    • Never use a lap belt to install a car seat.
    • Anchor points of the car’s seat belt should easily secure the car seat.
    • The length of the seatbelt should be long enough to embrace a rear-facing car seat.
    • Make sure sloping seats and backrests do not get in the way of firmly securing the car seat.
    • Your child should be snug, buckled, and restrained perfectly.

    Following What the Law Says

    All the states in the US require all parents to adhere to the Child Passenger Safety Laws. Laws and fines vary from state to state. Most states require that children sit in the rear seat of the car as much as possible. Most states also allow children based on their age, weight, and height to start using the car’s built-in adult seat belt. Non-compliance of the Child Passenger Safety Laws has corresponding penalties ranging from fines to demerit points in the caregivers driver’s license. These again vary from state to state. In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new child restraint system guidelines for infants and toddlers based on advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It essentially says that safe kids should be restrained in each stage of car seats until he/she surpasses the weight and/or height requirements as set by the car seat manufacturer. For example, children should stay in rear-facing infant car seats for as long as possible, followed by forward-facing and then booster seats. Car seats need to be approved based on the governing laws of the state of purchase. Approval is usually carried out by independent authorities and includes passing a crash test. Car seats that pass these crashes are deemed safe based on the car seat guidelines of the approving authorities.  An official label of approval is often seen at the rear part of the car seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a popular organization for car seat recommendations and ratings.

    Conclusion

    As a parent, the safety of your child each time you place him in your car is your responsibility.  A safe car seat is one that is suited for the age, weight, and height of your child. The car seat should also install perfectly in your car. Pick a car seat based on your and your baby’s needs and you can’t go wrong! Buckle up!

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