Purchasing an adequate children's car seat is not only a legal requirement, but it is also a matter of life and death. If you choose the improper car seat, you may meet the tight legal requirement but pay a horrible price if you and your child are engaged in a vehicle accident.

For a newborn babe, or any infant under about a year in age, a back-facing seat in the car is an absolute must. The reason for this is that infants have weak necks, and in an accident a forward-facing seat could cause their necks to jerk forward violently, causing serious injury. A rear-facing seat protects against this possibility.

Once your baby is over about a year in age, you can switch to a forwards-facing seat. By this time, kids’ necks are stronger so the issue of neck vulnerability pretty much goes out the window. Moreover, by this time kids are beginning to be more socially-focused, as well as more interested in their general surroundings. A forwards-facing seat enables junior to enjoy the ride, as well as making it possible to see you in the front of the auto. There are quite a few different models of this type of car seat available, and you can perhaps choose one that you regard as offering the best comfort, as well as additional features like meal trays and cup holders.

There will come a time when your child is too small to wear a seat belt but at the same time is too big to fit in their car seat. The solution is to get a booster seat, which places the child up in a higher position than just sitting on the back seat of the car alone, making it possible for him or her to wear a seat belt.

One option to consider is to purchase a model of car seat that you can later convert to be a booster seat. On the other hand, if you have two children, this may be inconvenient, since you can move the older child on to a newly purchased booster seat, while using the available car seat for the younger child.