Key Things to Consider When Buying A Car Seat

Baby girl buckled into her car seat

Purchasing your first infant car seat is a very important milestone for parents, especially since you probably won’t be able to leave the hospital without one!

Below, we list everything you need to know about baby car seats and why you need them, so you know what to look out for when choosing the best option for you and your little one.

Why do you need a baby car seat?

dad putting a baby on a baby car seat

First things first -- why are car seats considered a baby essential?

Safety, safety, safety! You definitely need this item if you own a car (or if you’re planning to travel frequently by car) so your little one can enjoy rides safely!

So pick out a car seat that fits your needs and helps you drive at ease without worrying about your baby’s safety.

Most modern car seats meet basic safety standards, but you may still want to be extra thorough with picking a brand and model that is well-known for complying with international safety standards.

Of course, there are car seats that provide both safety and comfort such as Kinderkraft’s Comfort Up car seat.

The Comfort Up provides a soft and comfortable cushion for small children under 9kg. These car seats have undergone stringent impact testing and have passed international standards.

They also have side protectors that provide support for your baby’s head and shoulders, and also serve as padding for extra security. Its cover can be easily removed, making it easy to wash and clean.

Which type of car seat should you buy?

two different styles of baby car seat

With so many variations and models to choose from, how do you know which car seat to buy?

Consider your baby’s age, weight, height, and whether it meets all the necessary safety standards. (You should also decide how long you’d like to use it for and get a slightly bigger one if you want it to last through your baby’s infanthood!)

Of course, do also check out the car seat’s dimensions and whether it fits in your car.

Getting a car seat that is easy to install would be something we’d recommend too -- the last thing you need is a complicated car seat that’s difficult to secure to your car.

Tip for parents: Before shopping for your ideal car seat, you may want to start with checking on whether your car has ISOFIX. What’s great about ISOFIX is that it automatically locks your car seat to your vehicle’s seat, so you don’t have to struggle to install and secure the car seat to your car!

Pick a rotating or multi-functional car seat

360-degrees turning baby car seat

If you predict you might have to drive your baby around alone, you may want a car seat that can be adjusted to be front or back facing.

Lucky for you, there are car seats that can rotate 360 degrees, making it convenient for you to manage your little one whether you’re chilling in the back seat together or monitoring him from your rear-view mirror as you drive! One such option we’d recommend is Kinderkraft’s I-360 Car Seat.

Or if you’re constantly on the move and plan on bringing your baby with you, you may want to consider getting a convertible car seat that can double up as a stroller attachment!

Brands such as Hauck have great options for your little one, provided you have their universal adapter for their Saturn R, Vision X, and Eagle 4S models.

Good-to-have features

hand touching a baby car seat

Pick out something easy to clean and manage. Your little one will definitely get messy, so you may want to buy something that’s easy to wash and keep clean!

For newborn babies, it’s best to choose a car seat that has an easily removable cover that you can have washed regularly.

It’s also good if your car seat comes with detachable components like neck supports or pillows. These give added support for your little one’s head and neck while he’s younger. But when the time comes and your infant no longer needs it, they can be easily removed to make more space for your growing bub!

Ready to get shopping for your baby car seat?

mom looking at baby sleeping on a baby car seat

Decided on what to get yet? Head over to Hatchery Singapore’s baby online store where you can browse the best baby car seats available. We also have top baby products and nursery furniture you can check out!

Hatchery’s products are proven to be safe and have all the necessary certifications to prove so. Start browsing now!