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How To Buy A Convertible Car Seat

The lowdown on convertible car seats

You have a choice of two types of car seats for your baby: an infant car seat or a convertible car seat.

An infant car seat typically carries children up to 35 or 40 pounds and is rear-facing only. A convertible seat converts from rear-facing to forward-facing. It carries children from birth to between 40 and 80 pounds and 40 and 57 inches tall. Another type of convertible seat known as a 3-in-1 or all-in-one car seat can change from rear-facing to forward-facing, then into a booster seat for children up to 120 pounds. (Note: Some 3-in-1 car seats are not for babies since they’re forward-facing only.)

Although it’s cheaper to buy a convertible car seat instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible, some experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their newborn seems overwhelmed in a convertible seat. If you go for a convertible, make sure it has padding or a newborn insert that helps your baby fit comfortably.

Convertible seats are heavier than infant car seats and usually have to be installed in the car rather than clicked into a base that stays in the car. This means you can’t easily take them in and out of the car, carry your baby in them, or snap them into a stroller.

See which convertible car seats parents like best in BabyCenter’s Moms Picks awards, or browse hundreds of car seats.

How to choose a car seat

What to look for when buying

Ease of use: Check the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-star rating system; the more stars a car seat has, the simpler it is to use. These ratings take into account how easy it is to install the seat in your car and secure your child in it, as well as the content and clarity of the instruction manual. And look at BabyCenter’s annual Moms’ Picks awards, to see which seats other parents liked best.

A 5-point harness: These straps – one for each shoulder, one for each hip, and one that goes between your baby’s legs – are crucial for safety, and they’re found on all new car seats.

Side-impact protection: Some car seats have special energy-absorbing foam and other features designed to better protect your baby’s head and chest in a side-impact accident.

Easy adjustments: You’ll need to adjust the harness as your child grows; better car seats allow you to adjust the straps and harness height easily from the front. A few models even have single-handed belt adjustments with quick-release buckles.

LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children): Since 2002, all car seats and vehicles have been compatible with the LATCH system. It allows car seats to be attached directly to a vehicle’s frame instead of using the seat belts to secure them. All convertible car seats are equipped with a top tether strap and lower anchor connectors, but the manufacturer may recommend not using the top tether strap in the rear-facing position, so check the manual. Also note the LATCH weight limit in the manual or label affixed to the seat, at which point you’ll need to install the seat with the seat belt.

Comfort: A well-padded seat with plenty of head support gives your baby a better ride.

Easy cleaning: Kids and mess go hand in hand, but a surprising number of car seats come with covers you can’t take off. An easily detachable, machine-washable cover makes cleanup much easier.

Important safety notes

Installing the seat

  • A car seat must be installed in the back seat. For babies and toddlers under age 3, it usually faces the rear of the car. Experts say it’s safest to keep a child rear-facing as long as possible, until he is 3 years old or reaches the maximum rear-facing height and weight limit for your car seat. (Most newer convertible seats can handle kids up to about 40 pounds in a rear-facing position, and some even go to 50 pounds.)
How to install a convertible car seat: Rear-facing
  • Have your car seat and its installation checked by a professional – putting it correctly in place is not so easy as some think (per the NHTSA, many car seats are improperly installed). Find one in your area using the NHTSA’s car-seat-inspection-station locator.
  • For advice on avoiding the most common car-seat-installation mistakes, see installing a car seat. You can also talk to parents in our Car Seat Questions group.

Thinking of using a secondhand seat?

Experts don’t recommend buying used car seats. Secondhand seats could be missing important parts, have been involved in an accident (even unseen damage can affect the way a seat functions), fall short of current safety standards, or have been recalled due to faulty design. Plus plastic gets brittle as it gets older, so a seat that’s too old might break in a crash.

If you do use a secondhand seat, make sure it has never been in an accident, is less than 5 years old, and comes with all parts and instructions.

What it’s going to cost you

Convertible car seats, as well as 3-in-1 and all-in-one seats, cost between $50 and $400 and up. The top-of-the-line models often have higher weight limits, so you can use them longer.…

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Top Five Benefits Of Using An Online Payment System

If a merchant plan to accept online credit card payment from its website, then he definitely needs a payment gateway. This service allows online store owner and merchant to implement credit card payment for online shoppers. Customer can place their order with one click of mouse. Other hand merchant can get revenue without face any hassle. It’s fast and very convenient in usage.  Internet play vital role in this section. Internet an open marketplace where businesses and customers meet. Internet is great place for companies to promote their product and services in between wider audience. To tap this marketplace you need to set up an e-commerce website. A website should be appeal to target audience. It should be great and innovative graphics, with superb customer services and an informative content. A reliable and secure payment system also attracts more traffic toward your website. Let’s discuss benefit of online payment system

Benefits of best payment gateway for tech support:


  • Faster and secure transaction:

In Payment Gateway services transaction much faster than manual transaction. It also assures the error free and faster transaction processing time because all of this procedure proceeds through computer. They can complete the whole transaction process with a few clicks of mouse.

It also assures secure transaction because during this transaction you need not to worry about credit card scam and fraudulent transactions. Payment gateway industry contains standard encryption system which protects your sensitive data. Its virtually hack free services.


  • Eliminate the store space requirement and provide merchant security:

For any Brick-Mortar shop need store space and also hire of sales clerk to tend the shop. This also need sufficient amount of fund. An online store eliminates this type of unnecessary cost which adjusts in small budget.

When a customer purchases any product online he will pay online. Customer’s payment method should be authorised and money should be transfers immediately. This payment method also eliminates the financial risk in your parts because you need not to worry about fees which associated with the bounced checks.


  • Comfort, Ease, and Safe in use:

Now customer need not to deal with heavy traffic jams, parking space for car and crowd in stores. They perform their transaction online within comfort from his home.

A shopper’s can purchase item within few click of mouse. Even a child under the supervision of adult can purchase online and enjoy the experience. Credit card fraud is prevalent in internet. But in payment gateway customer assured to be safe transaction. Their personal data and information confidential and secure in this method. They can make their transaction without fear of hacking, identity theft or other type of fraud.


  • Centralized payment system:

It gives you complete diagram of your income and this online payment framework is equipped for regular take care of your payment procedure continuously and regular basis. This procedure gives you better client benefit and help to produce more pay for the business.


  • Convenience and wider customer base:

With a payment gateway shoppers around the globe can shop from merchant online store. This online method make easier to shop online.

No limitation of hours as you has limitation of hours in brick-mortar stores. A merchant website remains open in 24hours and 7days. So customer can make their shopping according to their conveniences and comfort.

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Finishing Basement: Turning the Basement Into a Home Theater

Use a carpet similar to commercial cinemas. Most theaters use dark colored carpets to hide dirt, stains, and spoiled food caused by a large crowd. You can use a lighter tone as it is located indoors and not many people visit the area. Make sure that you clean them every month, however, to avoid health hazards.The seats depend on your preferences.

Some like to copy the singular cinema chairs, while others use a sofa or other seating furniture instead. The most important thing is to choose comfort, as you want to relax while watching your favorite movies. Look for a furniture shop that can offer you the best materials. Hire professionals who can design your basement creatively, as they know where to place the seats to maximize the space.

Determine the size of your basement and find out the right distance for your eyes. Use an LCD projector for bigger spaces or a flat screen HD television for smaller ones. The distance is important because it determines the radiation your eyes receive. A further distance can save your eyes from overexposure, which can result in a blurry eye vision.

Install additional features to set the mood. Include a concessionary stand where you can place the snacks and drinks. Buy microwavable popcorn packets if you want to have flavored popcorn immediately. Place them inside a square carton or brown paper bag to enjoy the experience. Put a small refrigerator, if possible, for beverages, chocolates, and candies. This way, your drinks remain cold and the chocolates will not melt.

In addition, use red velvet curtains on the side of your screen. This way, you can create a cinematic atmosphere that is similar to commercial cinemas. Use dim lights or sconces (wall lighting) so the entire room does not have to be pitch black.Set up a small table where you can place snacks, drinks, and remotes, especially when you have sofa sets. This can minimize the risk of spilling the food on your seats, keeping it clean for later use. Look for recliners with cup holders if you do not want a table on the center aisle.…

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