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[dropcap letter="T"]he Philippines doesn’t have a mandated car seat law but thankfully, many new and modern moms are out in the market for one. And with all the brands and types that are out there today, something as supposedly simple as getting a car seat can become complicated and overwhelming. Here are some questions to ask that will help make the task a little easier.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/8T.jpg" type="subheading"]Does the baby or child fit snuggly and safely into the seat?[/text_image]

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The three types of car seats: infant, convertible and booster. They have specific child height and weight measurements and a recommended age range. Make sure the measurement and age requirements match before you make your purchase. The safest choice would be to go for the one that fits now instead of one that he’ll grow into.

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Consider the seatbelt situation in your backseat and then check the car seat package’s images to see if it will be compatible to your car. The car seat has to be secure and firmly attached or it defeats the purpose.

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Whether it’s a brand new seat or a second hand one (particularly if it’s a second hand one), ask the basic questions. Has it been in a car accident? How was it stored? Are the straps brittle? When was it manufactured? US regulations advise the use of car seats that are within six years of its manufacturing date. It also helps to check the product recalls page and see if the style you want falls under this.

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If you’re always on the go with your child, you might want the infant car seat that can attach to the same brand of stroller.  Sometimes babies sleep best in their car seat, and you wouldn’t want to disturb them by taking them out of it when you stop.  An infant car seat is detachable from its base, so you can carry it around anywhere without having to remove the child.

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It should be comfortable enough that your child can sleep in it. Are the straps too tight? Too lose? Does is recline? This is especially necessary if you’re going to take a long trip. And uncomfortable seat can make your baby lose sleep and get cranky.

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Car seat prices range from practical to very expensive. And as your child grows, you may need more than one. Convertible car seats are generally the most flexible, as they hold children from 5lbs to 40lbs (which is essentially a newborn to 4 years old).

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Since this will be in your family for quite some time, then at the very least consider if it fits your aesthetic. You can see how much this will affect your final choice once you’ve narrowed down your options based on the other more important criteria.

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You’re most likely not the first person to want a particular car seat style.  For a more informed decision, check its reviews online or crowd source amongst other parents and friends.

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Jenny Infante Reyes

Jenny Infante Reyes blogs at www.mymommyology.com. She's a member of the Mommy Mundo SoMoms. Read more about the SoMoms here: www.mommymundo.com/somoms.

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