Even before your baby is born keeping them safe is a top priority for new parents. Prenatal vitamins and healthy eating can set them up for a good start at birth but after they are out in the world, you need more then your body alone to protect them. As a new parent finding a good car seat is overwhelming. With all the options and features, how do you pick a brand and a seat that will keep your baby safe for the months and years to come?
We’ve put together a quick list of why a convertible car seat is the perfect solution for busy parents, and why specifically the Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat from Maxi-Coxi is one of our favorite convertible car seats on the market.
Use a single seat for up to 10 years
Buying a new car seat every couple of years is expensive. If the average seat is $200 you could spend over a thousand dollars before your baby has fully outgrown needing a car seat. Convertible car seats provide years of use, allowing you to make one investment while your baby is small that will pay off for years to come. Selecting a seat that fits a wide range of sizes ensures that you won’t need to buy extra seats every couple of years.
We love the Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat from Maxi-Coxi for its ability to fit a wide variety of grow stages. Going from the smallest babies at just 5 pounds all the way up to children who weigh 120 pounds, you will literally never need to buy another seat for your child.
Stay rear-facing longer
In Fall 2018 the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations to go from recommending children remain rear facing up to two years to instead recommending that a child remain rear-facing until they have hit the highest weight and height as allowed by their seat. When a child is seated in a rear facing car seat they are better supported by the hard shell of the seat during a crash. This protects their head, neck and spine from major injury. Moving a child from rear facing to forward facing before they have established the maximum weight for the move reduces their protection as they ride in the car.
The Magellan provides the ability to remain rear facing up to 40 pounds, ensuring your little one is comfortable while you are confident in their safety for as long as possible.
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Manage Growth Spurts with Ease
While it always feels like children are growing too quickly for their own good, realizing that your little one has jumped from 35 pounds to 42 pounds over just a few weeks isn’t an easy transition if you need to run out and buy the next seat size up. Instead of having to plan ahead and order the next seat size up at the right time a convertible car seat provides the ability to quickly transition without additional cost.
A single handed 7 position recline with 3 adjustable torso positions and 14 height positions makes it easy to fit your child no matter how quickly they grow. It even allows you to rapidly convert back down if you need to help a neighbor with after school pickup!
Protect both the planet and your child at the same time
The world produces over 300 tons of plastic each year, half of which ends up in the ocean. While your old car seats are probably not being shipped out to sea, every small thing you can do to lower unnecessary plastic is a step towards protecting the earth for the future.
The average child uses three car seats before moving to a standard car seat. Having a seat that allows you to use a single seat through all of those stages lowers your overall eco footprint. When it is time to dispose of your seat, look for a car seat recycling program to help keep as much plastic as possible out of landfills.
Extra Safety Protections
Consumer Reports independent testing found that convertible seats on average, provide more protection from head impact than stand alone infant seats. When using a 22 pound model, representing the average 12 month old child, convertible seats protected from head strike 96% of the time. Infant seats only protected 47% of the time.
Why the Magellan 5-in-1 is the Only Convertible Car Seat You Need
- 5 conversion options taking you from baby rear-facing to belt-positioning booster
- Patented Adjustable Side Impact Protection
- Machine washable fabrics
- 14 position headrest adjustments
- Easy installation with integrated belt lock offs and LATCH Connectors
- Five point harness that fits up to 65 pounds
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