You need a rear facing car seat when your child is an infant. It is recommended that children remain rear facing until the age of two. Then, you need to get a forward facing car seat for your child. Rather than purchase two separate car seats, you can purchase on convertible car seat. Convertible car seats are designed to adjust to the needs as your child grows. It will take your child from infant to almost six years old, depending on weight and height. The price of a convertible car seat is less than the cost of getting two different car seats in the same time frame.
There are many makes and models of convertible car seats from which you can choose. All of them will have a five point harness system to keep your child in the seat. They all must also have a restraint system that keeps the car seat securely in place. That is a regulated system called LATCH, which stand for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. Differences in car seats include the weight of the seat itself, height and weight limits for the child, and the amount of safety features. A graco myride 65 convertible car seat comes in two models, the LX and the DLX. The DLX has an extra padding insert for the torso area. Both seats weight close to 16 pounds with a height limit of 50 inches and weight limits of four to 65 pounds.
Safety features include an infant head insert for stability and energy absorbing foam to minimize the force of impact during an accident. It also has side impact protection that meets all US safety standards. Convenience features include a seat cover that is machine washable and removable cup holders that are dishwasher safe. You have a wide selection of colors and patterns for the seat cover. Graco also makes other convertible car seat models, such as the comfort sport and the myride 70. You can find them at department stores, toy stores, baby boutiques, and online. The company has a reputation for manufacturing safe car seats that are not expensive.