Different seats come with different features, so knowing what you want helps narrow down your initial search. If you’re worried about spills and stains, look for a seat with easy to remove fabric to make cleaning a breeze. If you live in a warmer climate, look for seats with a breathable fabric to keep your child is comfortable on even the hottest days. If you’re worried about your child’s desire to be Queen of ALL Sippy Cups, there’s seats with multiple cup holders. There will be a seat out there that has everything you’re looking for!
4. Have a Timeline
One of the first decisions to make when shopping for a car seat is how long you need the seat to last. If you want to use a single seat for as long as possible, you might want a convertible seat that grows with your child. Convertible seats can go rear-facing as well as forward-facing, and in some cases, can stay rear-facing longer. Some people know they want an infant seat and a separate forward-facing seat, while others want to get one car seat that lasts for as long as possible. Car seats do expire, so when you’re planning make sure you account for that date as well.