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Car seat terminology explained

Useful information on the frequently used terms to describe parts of a car seat
Car Seat Terminology Explained

Rearward facing - A car seat facing the back of the car. All first stage baby seats are rear facing and babies will remain in these until they can sit unaided.

Two-way facing - A car seat that can be used forward or rear facing, so your baby can begin rear facing then turned around and face forward when your baby is older. This car seat stays in the car, so is less versatile for taking your baby out and about either in the seat or as part of a travel system, but will last far longer.

One-pull harness adjuster - A single strap to pull or release to adjust the fit of the whole car seat harness.

Alternative seat belt routing - The seat belt goes under the car seat rather than across it, useful for seat belts on the short side.

Buckle pads/belt pads/lock sleeves -Padded fabric pads that cover areas such as over your baby's shoulder and crotch areas, making travelling more comfortable.

Lock-off guides - Making the car seat more secure by increasing the tension of the seat belt via a specially designed clip.

Head support/Head huggers/Seat reducers - Necessary for all younger babies, in the first few months your baby's head is wobbly and will need support. A padded cushioned extra support that surrounds the baby's head. Included with most car seats, but some companies will charge extra.

Shoulder slot - One of several shoulder level holes that the car seat harness runs through.

Roll bar - A bar to protect you baby from any impact when in the seat.

Level indicator - Useful to ensure you have positioned the car seat at the right angle, not all infant carriers include a level indicator.

Carry handle - A handle to carry the car seat from the car to a travel system or your baby with you.

Rocking facility - Most infant carriers double up as rocking chair, many have a curved base or can be altered to rock.

Washable cover - A removable cover for washing.

Extras - Useful additions include a sun canopy, rain cover and footmuff, which will usually cost extra.

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