Infant seats are customized to fit newborns and infants. As the name suggests, it is only for infants and the parent will have to buy a new seat when his/her baby outgrows this one.
Infant car seats are installed in a way to face the rear end of the car. This is done with an effort to safeguard the baby’s life. A baby facing the rear of the car stands lesser chances of getting injured as the safety seat is devised to absorb shock and cradle the baby’s head and neck, in case of any tragic accidents. An infant’s neck is not strong enough to support its head on its own.
Safety experts like the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that infants and toddlers ride in such a seat until they grow in size.
The beauty of these infant-only seats is that they’re highly versatile. They can also be used as rockers, carriers or chairs when detached from the car. They can also be changed into strollers so you can wheel them around. Since the seat is easily moveable, do not perch it on a high surface like a dresser or a changing table as it can easily slip and fall.
Infant seats are crucial when you’re on the move, but it is also important to bear in mind that a baby must not be confined to the seat for long hours on a daily basis. Keeping a baby strapped to the seat will limit a baby’s mobility and prospects for stimulation which are vital in developing motor and sensory skills respectively.
Airbags are a safety device that is fitted in the front seat of a vehicle. This consists of a cushion that will swell promptly during the case of a collision. It protects the passengers from heavy impact as it is common for passenger’s head to hit against the dashboard in case of a crash.
Airbags are also accompanied by safety belts that effectively protect infants and teenagers from accidents. It has a reputation for preventing serious injuries but even the safest infant car seat cannot altogether eliminate risk. Airbags were designed for adults, but one can only hope that it can protect a baby from head and neck injury, owing to their small size. It is best to place children in the safety seat at the back of the car.