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Find the right car seat for your little one by learning about the different car seat types available!

As parents, we know how often we need to safely get our little ones from point A to point B, whether it’s regular checkups at the family doctor or taking them to daycare.

Keeping your infants and young children protected while in your vehicle is extremely important, and Canada has strict laws to enforce this safety. As your child grows, different types of car seats are required—and Walmart Canada has plenty of car seat options for all stages. Let’s take a look at the types of car seats available and see which one is best for you and your little one!

Safety first: car seat safety tips

Transport-CanadaIn Canada, car seats go through rigorous testing to ensure they meet safety standards in the event of a rollover or side impact incident. Each car seat sold in Canada must have the National Safety Mark shown here, which verifies that the car seat complies with Transport Canada standards. It’s important to note that all car seats have an expiration date, so you need to make sure you’re not using an expired seat. For the latest laws and updates on child seat safety, please visit the Transport Canada website and your province’s transportation authority.

Universal-Anchorage-System-(UAS)It’s also advisable to watch out for this image called the Universal Anchorage System (UAS). Vehicles made after 2002 generally have this symbol in the owner’s manual, indicating your car is equipped with anchor points to connect UAS-compatible car seats. Either way, remember to make sure your car seat is secured tightly. According to Transport Canada, a car seat should not move more than 2.5 cm (1 inch) when shaken. For Transport Canada’s car seat installation rules and UAS information, please see their sections on rear-facing seats and forward-facing seats.

So, now that we’ve covered the important safety rules and regulations, let’s go for a ride through your car seat options!

Car Seat Types:

  1. Infant car seats
  2. Convertible car seats
  3. Booster car seats
  4. All-in-one car seats
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Infant car seats – For infants and small children up to 10 kg (22 lb)

Infant Car SeatsAs the name implies, infant car seats are for infants under one year old. These seats are rear-facing and tilted 45-degrees as recommended by Transport Canada. This angle supports the infant’s head and neck and helps keep their airway open.

The Graco SnugRide is a good infant car seat choice as it includes an adjustable base with six positions, helping you to find the right fit for your vehicle. This lightweight car seat weighs a mere 3.4 kg (7.5 lb) and supports children from 1.8-16 kg (40-35 lb) and up to 81 cm (32″).

 

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Convertible car seats – For children that weigh up to 18 kg (40 lb)

Convertible-Car-SeatsConvertible car seats offer greater versatility as your child grows. These car seats can switch from a rear-facing design for infants to a front-facing design as they get older and bigger. They come equipped with a built-in harness to help keep your child safe in the event of collisions or sudden stops. Make sure with these seats—and all car seats for that matter—to pay close attention to the maximum weight and heights they support for each position. For example, most rear-facing seat positions typically support newborns up to 10 kg (22 lb) and 74 to 81 cm tall (29″ to 32″), though there are models that support babies as high as 20 kg (45 lb).

Walmart Canada has a wide selection of convertible car seats available, like this Evenflo Sonus 2-in-1 model. This convertible car seat features a rear-facing setup for infants and converts to a forward-facing seat as your child grows. It also includes multiple shoulder strap positions and cushion ventilation systems for all-season use, helping keep your child comfortable during trips.

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Booster car seats – For children that weigh at least 18 kg (40 lb)

Booster-Car-SeatsChildren who have outgrown their front-facing car seats should use booster seats. Booster seats keep the lap and shoulder belt in the correct position across your little one’s shoulders, chest, and hip. It’s important to know booster car seats come with or without backs.

Booster seats like the Graco TurboBooster also give you the flexibility of removing the back when your child is ready. This feature extends the longevity of the booster seat—should your child outgrow the back portion of the car seat, you can keep using the base.

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All-in-one car seats – For infants all the way up to children ready for seat belts

All-in-one-Car-SeatAll-in-one car seats are designed to support your little one through all stages of growth: they start as rear-facing seats, then transition to front-facing seats, and finally convert to booster seats.

These are commonly known as 3-in-1 car seats, since they seamlessly transition between rear-facing, front-facing, and booster seats. You can also find 4-in-1 car seats that give you two booster seat options: a high back booster position and a no back booster position. All-in-one seats are a great option for parents looking for a car seat that grows along with your child.

The Graco 4Ever is a good example of a 4-in-1 model. This car seat is built to support your little one from baby to booster, giving you up to 10 years of use for your child up to 54 kg (120 lb).

Protecting your little ones as they grow up is a priority, and by law, children need to use a car seat until they’re ready for a seatbelt. Walmart Canada has a large selection of quality car seats at every day low prices that will save you money and help keep your child safe. Safe travels to you and your little one!

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Legal: This article is intended as general information. To be sure a product is right for you, always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.

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