Must Have Travel Car Seat Features

If you're in the market for a car seat, then you might be interested to learn more about how to find the right fit.

What makes a car seat better than all of the rest of them out there in a flooded marketplace? How can you tell which ones are the car seats you should be looking to purchase?

Obviously, there are several important factors to consider. Weighing them all out can help you make the right decision for your baby.

Here are several features that you should look for in a travel car seat for your child. Be sure to consider all of them as you go throughout your search.

1. Find the Right Style

Some of you out there might not have any previous knowledge of car seats for your child. If not, don't stress about it, everybody starts somewhere.

If you're looking to buy a car seat for your baby that's on the way, then you'll want to make sure to have a car seat that's ready for your infant. There are two types of infant car seats to choose from carriers or convertible seats.

Carriers are convenient for your first year or two because the baby stays buckled into the carrier whether inside the car or outside. 

Convertible seats are the seats that stay inside the car at all times. For those, you'll have to snap the baby into place each time.

As your child ages, you'll be looking for options such as a portable car seat that's secure, pet easily transported.

2. Consider Your Budget

Not all car seats are created equal. There are some out there that will use the name brand against you in order to charge more for their seat.

Some will merely charge you based on the bulkiness of the car seat (which would make you assume it's safer) without integrating any extra security technology to justify the price.

Simply put, if you don't know what you're looking for, then you could get hustled by an untrustworthy brand. 

However, if you were to set a budget, then you would have a guideline of your own making to follow.

You don't need to spend top dollar in order to find a car seat that's worthy of your money. Just consider what age your child is and make appropriate considerations before investing in any seat.

However, for your travels specifically, you'll want to make sure to leave enough space in the budget for a car seat that will stand the test of time.

3. Focus on the Harnesses

The number one priority on your baby is the padding for their head and the harness across their chest.

That harness is what's going to keep them safe and secure inside of the seat that you choose for them. If it's too tight then your child will be uncomfortable, if it's too loose then your child will get jostled around during the big trip.

One of the biggest things for you to remember is finding a car seat with a chest harness that fits your child's chest. 

Also, keep an eye out for harnesses with proper padding. Ideally, you want a harness that provides extra padding and cushion to their shoulders, chest, and stomach region.

4. Find One That's Portable

If you're planning to travel with your child often, then you'll want to find a car seat that's portable.

That way, you can easily take the car seat with you on golf carts, go-carts, dining chairs, or anywhere else where you'd have more peace-of-mind

Those kinds of chairs aren't easy to come by. Also, factor in how lightweight you want the car seat to be. If you invest in a massive car seat, then you're limiting the ability to bring it in places like public trains or airplanes.

The portableness of a travel car seat is a must-have. It will make life that much easier as you and your spouse are carrying your children from place to place.

5. Easy Set-Up

As you travel, you want to find a car seat that's as easy to set up as it is to take out of the car. 

Especially considering the fact that you'll want to bring it into restaurants, golf courses, etc. It's vitally important that the seat has an easy setup.

In fact, if it takes more than 3 steps to set up the car seat to be used, then you should look elsewhere for one.

Consider this: you're going to want a car seat that sets up quickly in situations where the kids are crying or it's pouring down rain outside.

6. Size-Efficiency

Imagine the horror of investing in a bulky travel car seat that's nearly impossible to carry from place to place.

Finding a car seat with proper size and weight is vitally important so that you and your spouse can carry it or store it away somewhere when not in use.

It's difficult to find car seats that are lightweight, yet pass certifications such as 3C and ECE testing. Be sure to never invest in a car seat that's too small or too big for your child, find one that's just right.

Find the Perfect Travel Car Seat for Your Child!

Now that you've seen the features to look for in a travel car seat, it's time to start your search in the marketplace.

Be sure to read this article for an in-depth car seat buyer's guide. There you'll find more information on how to find the right fit.

For any other inquiries, be sure to fill out our online contact form and we'll be happy to assist you further.

March 21, 2020 — Niomi Thompson