Your child is growing up faster than you could ever expect and outgrowing their car seat quickly.
You know you want to keep them safe as they continue to grow up, but you start to realize that you’re going to need a booster seat to help keep them safe and comfortable.
Now if you’re not there yet, don’t worry. You may have a lot of questions though if you’re just starting to shop for a booster seat such as:
How do I know what the best booster seat is on the market? Is there a difference between harness systems and belt positioning system? What about the best booster seat for a toddler?
Relax. We wanted to help make this process as easy as possible and did some of the shopping for you. From that we came up with our list of the 10 Best Infant Booster seats in 2018.
Hopefully, with our list, we can help your booster seat buying decision an easier one.
Ready? Let’s get started!
How To Choose A Booster Seat – Buying Guide
When we decided to come up with our recommendations for the Best Booster seats in 2018, we wanted to make sure that each seat we recommended met a set of criteria that we looked for in each one we looked at. At that point, we could then feel confident in suggesting the booster seats on our list, knowing that they met our strict guidelines. The criteria we looked for are as follows:
Ease of Use
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration maintains a five-star rating system for booster seats. The more stars a seat has, the easier it is to use. The ratings from the NHTSA take into account the ease of installation the seat is into your car and securing your child in it. The rating also takes into account the content and clarity of the instruction manual. You can find their listings here.
As your child grows, their seat will need to grow with them. Better quality booster seats on the market let you easily adjust not only the harness straps but the headrest height on the seat. Being able to easily change these will always ensure a proper fit for your child.
LATCH, otherwise known as Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren has been in effect since 2002, requiring that all seats and vehicles have to be compatible with the LATCH system. The system allows you to attach the booster seat directly to the vehicle instead of just using the vehicle’s seat belt to secure the booster seat. While this can make installation easier, seat belt installation is just as safe when done correctly.
If you have a child, you know messes. Having a booster seat that’s easy to clean is pretty much a necessity. However, there are many out there that do not have a detachable machine-washable cover. Those that do certainly stand out in the market.
When your child is in a booster seat, whether you’re traveling five or fifty miles, you want to make sure that they are comfortable the entire time. Having a well-padded seat with plenty of support for their head will help your baby have a better ride.
Many new booster seats offer special energy-absorbing foam to protect their head and chest as well as a 5-point harness, which has a strap for each shoulder, hip and one for between their legs to help protect your little one if they happen to be in an accident. As they get older, the vehicle seat belt can be used and many booster seats have belt guides to assist in making sure the belt is being used properly.
Benefits of Infant Booster seats
While most parents shopping for a booster seat will know that the biggest benefit of a booster seat is your baby’s safety, there can be some other benefits that some may not be aware of
If you asked a new parent, they would say safety is the most important benefit of using any car seat and they would be right. Safety is very important. A booster seat is to keep your growing child safe as they transition from car seat to not needing one any longer.
While a lot of booster seats use the seatbelt that will come with your vehicle, there are some on the market that will use their own safety harness that can only add to the safety for your child.
A booster seat is designed to put your little one in a position where they are seated comfortably for any trip. By putting padding in spots where your child’s body is contacting the seat the most, such as the seat, backrest and headrest, manufactures use ultra-soft and breathable materials that can turn their booster seat into a comfortable place to sleep on every trip they take.
One of the best benefits that come with some new booster seats is the ability to change from a booster seat with a backrest, to one without. This convenience can ensure that your child will be using their booster seat for some time.
My Babies Planet Overview
When it comes time to choose a booster seat for your child, you have to realize that your choice goes beyond features, price, style or any other factor. Your child’s safety is the most important factor to consider when choosing a cart seat.
There are many booster seats on the market that may offer very similar safety features and any one of them listed on our list of the 10 Best Booster seats in 2018 can be an excellent choice for you and your little one to ride in wherever you may travel.
But, regardless of the products on our list, there is only one overall factor that determines what the best booster seat is and that’s you. You will always know what is best for them and choosing the best baby booster seat will ultimately come down to you and the one which you feel is the best option to keep your little bundle of joy safe.
We really hope that our list of the 10 Best Booster seats in 2018, if not helping you decide on a booster seat, gave you some idea of what you’re looking for in one, then we’ve done our job.
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