If you think a baby shower will be held, you should definitely hold off on buying some things, including some larger items, in case you have very generous family or friends. But if you have definite preferences for certain brands/models of car seat, stroller, etc, you may want to either let relatives know this in advance, or maybe register at a baby store in your area.
A car seat is definitely needed before you come home from the hospital, I know some people drove around with them in the car for a few weeks (with a stuffed animal strapped in) before the baby was due to get used to putting someone/thing into the seat each time they got in and getting the item/baby out each time they got out.
Many hospitals will not even allow the infant to leave the hospital unless they vehicle they are traveling in (and the driver they're traveling with) has the proper infant car seat, properly strapped in. For coming home from the hospital (and for about 6 months, depending how quickly your baby grows), you need a NEWBORN, rear facing, harness car seat. The newborn car seats are those that tilt back and the baby is more in a lying position than sitting up. Even those car seats that are mostly sitting up and claim that they are for newborns are not the type of car seats the hospital staff will be looking for. I would also recommend getting a headrest for your newborn, as it will help to sturdy the newborn's head when placed into the car seat. The newborn is still so small in this car seat that it's poor little head can just flop around (plus he has no real support to rest it unless it's bent all the way down onto his shoulder). The head rest looks like an upside down U-shaped pillow, with backing fabric so that it too can be strapped into the car seat, and they are fairly cheap (less than $10).
You definitely want one of those infant car seat/carrier things. We had purchased two car seats that said on the box they were for infancy to toddlerhood (30 lbs?). Forget it. They didn't tilt back enough for a newborn.
If this your first baby consider if the newly pending grandparents are likely to spring for big ticket items ... also see if somebody will lend you one -- e.g. our cot has been used by 15 babies so far.
You are going to need a car seat from the day your child is born until he/she is around 8-12 years old.
Do NOT purchase a used seat. They have unknown history, and could fail in a crash.
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An infant or car seat should never be put in a front passenger seat that has an air bag
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Toys "R" Us should be your first choice to find a doll car seat. Not only do they carry a variety of car seats but they sell many accessories as well.
You should install the car seat several months prior to the birth of your child.
There are a lot of places in order for one to purchase a sunshine kids car seat. However, it is recommended that one should order from the website Amazon.
I am assuming you are talking about the design and yes you can buy custom seat covers for your car. The universal part you are talking about just means the fit will almost fit any car seat.
Graco car seat prices range from $50 to $150. It depends on where you buy them from. You can purchase them directly from Graco or get them at a store like Babies R Us. Overall, Graco appears to be a safe car seat, but like all companies they do have occasional recalls. You can be placed on a mailing list to be on the safe side.
One can purchase a Britax convertible car seat on websites such as Amazon and Britax. They are also available on eBay, Seat, Babble, Baby Age or Buy Buy Baby.
All car seats should be installed in the back seat. State laws vary some, but most require all children under the age of 11 to ride in a rear seat of a car. No child in a car seat should be placed in a seat with an active airbag. It jeopardizes the child's life. Children are safest in a car seat, in the second or third row of a car, properly secured.
it is true that you should not use an infants car seat if they are over five they should then be moved on to a booster seat .
A child should use a car seat until they are ready for a booster seat you will know when its basically like clothes they will outgrow it. they should be in the booster seat until they are 4 foot 9.