A convertible car seat is an economical option that allows you to continue to use the same car seat as your child grows. 2-in-1 convertible car seats transition from rear-facing infant seats to forward-facing toddler seats. 3-in-1 convertible car seats may transition from rear-facing infant seats to forward-facing toddler seats and finally to booster seats, or they may transition from forward-facing toddler seats to either high-back booster seats or backless booster seats.
Convertible car seats have a variety of harness styles. A three-point harness has straps that cross over your child's shoulders and fasten to a buckle at the bottom of the seat. A five-point harness has two straps at the shoulders, two at the hips and one at the crotch. An overhead shield harness has a padded shield much like the restraints on an amusement park ride. A T-shield harness has a T-shaped shield attached to the straps.
Features to look for as you shop for a convertible car seat include padding, infant head support and side-impact protection. A detachable covering will allow you to wash the seat's upholstery easily without removing the entire seat.
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