Now that you’ve chosen the perfect Nissan for your family, it’s time to make sure everyone in the vehicle is comfortable, happy and safe. The car seat market offers many styles, makes and models, creating a shopping experience as daunting as picking out a new vehicle. Consider what other safety-conscious parents are buying.
Depending on your child’s age, you may need an infant carrier generally designed for babies up to 20 or 30 pounds. Infant carriers must be rear-facing and typically come with a convenient base that locks into your Nissan’s LATCH system for easy in/out each time you enter and leave the vehicle.
- Chicco KeyFit: The KeyFit system is easy to install, increasing the odds that parents will get a secure fit in the vehicle. The carrier easily clicks in and out of its base so you can rest assured your baby is safe every time you travel. The KeyFit scores high on crash tests, making it an ideal choice for your new Nissan.
Convertible Car Seats
As your baby grows into a toddler, eventually she’ll outgrow her infant carrier in weight and length. You’ll know when pulling the infant carrier out of the vehicle multiple times a day results in heavy breathing and muscle aches on your part!
Convertible seats are designed for babies and toddlers over 20 pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 1 and 30 pounds still ride in a rear-facing seat. The convertible seat accommodates your growing baby with a design that allows it to face either to the rear of the car or forward. When your child reaches age two and weighs around 30 to 35 pounds, you can turn the convertible seat around to face forward.
- Britax Marathon G4: Britax makes a quality car seat with all the safety features parents can ask for. The Marathon accommodates kids up to 65 pounds, making it a convenient option to carry your child through until she’s ready for a booster seat. The Marathon features side impact protection and steel bars within the framing for optimal safety performance. The fabric seat cover is super soft and comfy and easy to clean.
By the time your child is around age 4 or 5, she’ll likely be ready to convert to a booster seat. Booster seats still easily attach to your vehicle’s LATCH system, but you can use the regular seat belt to buckle up your child. They typically accommodate children who are three or four years old and 30 to 40 pounds and up. Boosters are convenient while helping your youngster develop confidence and self-esteem when buckling and unbuckling without your help. High back boosters still provide the side-impact protection necessary for small bodies. As your child grows, you can remove the back portion and use just the seat portion of the booster.
- Graco Highback TurboBooster Elite: The Graco TurboBooster is designed with your growing child in mind. It features height-adjustable head support, padded, adjustable arm rests, seat belt guides and two pull-out cup holders. It easily converts to a backless booster when your child is ready.
No matter what age or stage your child is, you want to make sure she’s safe and happy in your new Nissan.