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    How To Choose The Best Infant Car Seat For Your Child

    How To Choose The Best Infant Car Seat For Your Child

    Let's face it, being a new mom can be scary. Your life changes in a flash.

    Suddenly, you are responsible for making sure that all of your baby's needs are met, that they are kept safe from harm and that their world is filled with love.

    There is so much that parents must consider, it's no wonder that you may be feeling anxious. After all, you want to be sure that you are doing everything that you can to make sure that your baby has the best start.

    While it's impossible for any mom to get it all right all the time, when it comes to matters of your tot's safety, you want to be sure that you are giving them the best protection possible.

    A car seat offers your baby that protection.

    Read on to learn how to choose the right infant car seat for your bundle of joy!

    Your Guide to Choosing an Infant Car Seat

    Car seats save babies lives every day, all over the world.

    Luckily, today's car seats are safer than ever. But, with so many available on the market choosing the right infant car seat can present a challenge.

    When choosing an infant car seat, there are several things to consider.

    Not every car seat is safe for newborns. And, it is imperative that any child is buckled properly and that the seat is secured correctly for it to do its job. These specifications vary according to the type of car seat and the child's age and weight brackets.

    Keeping your little one safe on road trips can turn into quite a complicated task. Just ask any mom or relative who has struggled with a baby's seat. Believe it or not, it's a common frustration and many people find themselves confused, especially during baby's first year.

    What's worst is that many parents don't realize just how taxing the installation of a car seat can be until it's time to buckle up and hit the road. Then, upon dealing with straps and buckles and attachments and positioning, it hits them.

    Laws and Regulations

    You need to know the car seat laws and regulations. If you do not follow the mandated requirements, you could be charged with breaking the law.

    These include the following:

    • The labels, information, and instructions to be provided in both of Canada's official languages
    • The minimum weight requirement to use a booster seat is 18kg (versus 13.6 kg in the U.S.)
    • Use a tether strap for front-facing child seats
    • A mandatory inversion test is necessary for both infant and child seats
    • A unique booster deflection test is also a must
    • The lap/shoulder seat belt testing requirement for all types of car seats should be followed
    • Energy absorbing materials are required

    Car Seat Safety Tips

    Following these tips can help make your baby's first car trips smoother.

    • Rear or Forward Facing?

    Up until the age of two, your child's car seat should be rear facing. This means that they should be facing the rear window.

    • Follow the Appropriate Weight Recommendations

    Whether you choose to use an infant car seat or a convertible car seat that adjusts as your child grows, it's important that you observe the weight guidelines that are listed on the seat.

    • Infant Car Seats

    Infant car seats are usually only for newborns up to 6 months. However, your child's weight or the specifications for a particular seat may be less than 6 months. So, make sure you are informed about the exact recommendations for the seat you choose.

    • A Convertible Car Seat

    Once your baby has outgrown their infant car seat, they will need a regular car seat. These are often equipped with harness straps that can adjust to accommodate them as they grow.

    • When to Buy a Booster Seat

    Once your child outgrows their forward-facing car seat, usually around the age of four, they can graduate to a booster seat. A booster seat is recommended for children who are between 4 and 12 years old, depending on their size and weight.

    • Car Seat Installation

    Depending on the car's make, model and year, you will either need to attach the seat using the rear seatbelt or the car's LATCH system. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. These come standard on most cars manufactured on or after September 2002

    Additional Car Safety Rules

    • Avoid Using a Secondhand Carseat

    Never buy or use a secondhand car seat unless you have it properly inspected by either your local children's health professionals, hospital, or fire department. They can recommend whether or not it is safe. In addition, if the secondhand seat has ever been subjected to a car accident, then you should not use it.

    • Set an Example

    Always set a good example for your family by buckling your own safety belt. If you make sure that you do this from the time your baby is born, it will become second nature to you, and to them.

    • Check for Recalls

    Check for recalls when you purchase a car seat and then at least every few months to ensure that yours has not be recalled. Baby equipment is commonly recalled, so it's a good idea to refer to this list regarding other items such as your baby's stroller, bed, and other belongings.

    Your Baby's First Car Seat

    It's a good idea to buy your infant car seat and properly install it in your vehicle well in advance of your due date.

    You should also familiarize yourself with the straps and buckles so that you know the correct techniques without a doubt when it comes time to buckle up your new arrival.

    Are you looking for the perfect car seat for a newborn?

    Check out this selection of infant car seats for a variety of styles and price tags to fit anyone's taste or budget!

    Guidelines for cleaning your breast pump

    Guidelines for cleaning your breast pump

    Before each use

    • Wash your hands
    • Inspect your tubing for mold, and discard it if you find any
    • If you’re using a shared pump, clean the dials, power switch and countertop with a disinfectant wipe

    After each use

    • Clean the pumping area and pump base with a disinfectant wipe
    • Take apart breast pump tubing and separate all parts that come in contact with your breast or breast milk (flanges, valves, bottles, etc.)
    • Rinse each part with running water to remove remaining milk
    • If cleaning by hand, use a wash basin and avoid placing parts directly in the sink. Add hot water and soap, scrub with a clean brush used only for infant feedings, rinse and air-dry thoroughly
    • If cleaning in the dishwasher, place small parts in a closed container or bag. If possible, run the dishwasher using hot water and a heated drying cycle (or sanitizing setting) to kill more germs. Air-dry thoroughly
    • Don’t forget to clean the wash basin and scrubbing brush too, rinsing after each use and washing with hot water every few days

    For extra protection

    • Consider sanitizing pump parts at least once a day if your baby is less than 3 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system
    • Use the above steps for cleaning before sanitizing
    • Check the pump’s manufacturing instructions to see if it can be steamed or boiled
    • If steaming, you can use a microwave or plug-in steam system
    • If boiling, place disassembled items that are safe to boil into a pot and cover with water, boiling for 5 minutes
    • Air-dry thoroughly

    How to store milk

    • Use a capped milk collection bottle or sealed milk collection bag
    • Label with date and time
    • Immediately place in a refrigerator, freezer, or cooler bag with ice packs

    The Thule Urban Glide

    The Thule Urban Glide

    If you are in the market for a new stroller and are looking for the perfect hybrid jogging and urban stroller, we have found it! The Thule Urban Glide is an all-around sports stroller that has a sleek and lightweight design that can be easily adapted to jogging on your favorite path, running errands or a leisurely day at the park. We know moms are all about multi-tasking and this stroller does the same. Why have two strollers that serve different purposes when you can have one that can do all the jobs you need?

    The Thule Urban Glide is a single stroller that has top of the line features that one would expect in a high end urban sports stroller. With aspects like a locking front wheel, rear-wheel stability, a lightweight frame and super easy maneuverability; this stroller is perfect for an active family that is looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to strollers. Diversity doesn’t equal bulkiness either! The gorgeous and simple design of this stroller really sets it apart from its competitors too.


    The Thule Urban Glide is designed for jogging or every day daily use. It has all the features you’d expect and is perfect for taking on the path or trail with your little one in tow or just a quick trip to the mall. Here are our very favorites:

    1. Large sunshade
    2. Ample storage and simple seat release.
    3. Easy locking and unlocking front wheel.
    4. Small, compact.


    Locking front swivel wheel: With one simple turn, the Thule Urban Glide changes into a swivel wheel into a locked front wheel. Unlock it when you are using the urban features at the mall, park or on a walk around the neighborhood. Turn the knob and lock your front wheel when you are looking to use your stroller as a jogger.

    Ergonomic adjustable handle bar: The padded handle bar can be moved to fit almost any height. Push in the side buttons and move it to find the best height for each user.

    Rear suspension: The back wheels are affixed with a suspension system that allows for one of the smoothest rides out there. You can feel good about knowing your child will not be bounced around as they are strapped in. The rear suspension ensures you and your passenger will have a comfortable ride.

    One-handed collapsibility: Flip open the bottom flap by the front wheel to turn the blue handle to collapse your stroller. With one quick motion, your stroller goes from upright into folded, ready to be stored or put in the car.

    Small and compact when folded: One of the top features of the Thule Urban Glide is how small it is when it is folded! This stroller is a lot smaller when folded than your average jogger which allows it to fit into many different car designs! With the Urban Glide, you don’t have to worry about taking your stroller on the go. Also, being only 23 pounds total, it is easy to get in and out of cars so you spend less time fumbling around with it and more time on the go.

    Peek-a-Boo top opening: Curious if your child FINALLY fell asleep? Lift up the top flap and take a quick peek inside. The flap can be tucked in easily to keep this open as well.

    Simple foot break: The Thule Urban Glide had a simple foot break and can be used with one foot to lock the rear wheels into place to ensure you don’t have any unwanted rolling.

    5 point harness with simple buckles: Thule always puts safety first. Each Urban Glide has an easy to buckle 5 point harness system that keeps your child bucked in while you journey.

    Back storage nets: Two large storage nets are on the back of the seat. These are perfect for storing water bottles, a few snacks, and your keys and phone.

    Quick release rear wheels: Although this stroller folds down quite compactly, the rear wheels still come equipped with quick-release buttons so you can remove them if desired.



    Large storage compartment with zippered top: This is a feature your child AND you will love! The Urban Glide has a huge storage basket on the bottom that can be completely zippered to protect your child’s favorite belongings, or whatever your have picked up on a quick shopping trip!

    Large sun shade: The Urban Glide has a HUGE sun shade! It will completely cover your child and really helps to keep that bright sun out of little faces.

    Near-flat folding padded seats with rear venting: Your child will love how comfy the seat is on this stroller and it’s ability to fold nearly completely flat for simple napping on the go. Want to fold the seat down? One quick pull of the back buckle and down it goes. When the seat is folded down, you can open the rear venting pocket to allow for additional air to flow through for those warm summer days.

    Inside pockets for child storage: There are two small pockets inside the seat that are perfect for storing your child’s sippy cup, a small snack and even a favorite lovey.

    We really love this stroller’s versatility and its ability to grow with your child. It is rated to hold children up to 75 pounds so you can expect to get a lot of use out of it. Additionally, you can purchase the adapter so that you can attach your carseat to it, so it can be used right from birth.

    Thule offers additional accessories suck as the Snack Tray that you can purchase to customize the Urban Glide so it had all the right things for your family. 


    The Urban Glide is designed for a busy on the go family that wants the best of both worlds: a simple jogger that can be used on the path or trail AND also an everyday stroller that can be used anyplace; from the zoo, to the neighborhood or running errands! With tight budgets and small storage spaces being the norm among many families, having the luxury of owning multiple strollers for multiple reasons is not always an option. This one stroller solves this problem by serving the best of both worlds! You will love the smooth ride, locking swivel wheel and small contact folding design and soon this stroller will become your one and only.



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