At Sam's Club, we understand the importance of car seats. We carry a variety of models, including many car seats made in America, which must pass rigorous safety tests. To see where each car seat was made, check the specifications at the bottom of the product page.
In general, infant car seats are engineered for babies less than one-year old and less than about 35 pounds. For maximum safety, experts suggest that babies at this age and weight be placed in a rear-facing position.
Children should use a car seat or booster seat until adult seatbelts fit them properly. This is often when they reach about 4 feet, 9 inches. The majority of kids won't be able to use an adult seatbelt safely until they are about 10 or 11 years old.
Once children exceed the height or weight requirement for forward-facing car seats, they can use a booster seat. Booster car seats are typically for school-aged children and offer the same safety standards. There are several types of booster seats (Harnessed booster seats, Belt positioning booster seats, and no back booster seats) each one's usage depends on the weight and height of the child.
Convertible car seats have the ability to be used forward and rear facing when installed. Rear-facing positions are used until the child is around 40+ pounds before it is turned forward for continued usage.
Your baby's height and weight need consideration when choosing a car seat. The convertible seats can then be used in a forward-facing position until the child exceeds the specific seat's height/weight limit. When a car seat if rear facing, the baby's head should be at least one inch below the top of the seat, and a child's ears should be below the top of the car seat when the seat is facing the front.
As stated, all infant car seats are safe due to inspection, but they must be installed correctly in order to be effective. It's possible that the car seat of your choice will not be compatible with your car due to the differences in car styles. Choose a baby car seat that can be secured tightly, allowing little to no wiggle room.
If you have friends or family members with baby car seats, it may be a good idea to fit your baby in one just to get a sense of a proper fit for your baby when shopping for a seat. In addition, try to fit one into your car to ensure a snug and efficient fit. Manufacturers' models can vary.
It may be wise to choose a car seat that has detachable pad covers in the event of a stain or spill occurrence. Most pad covers are machine-washable.