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So my youngest needs a new car seat – we’ve followed all the guidelines and kept her in the infant carrier for as long as possible but she’s almost reached the top weight limit now. Time to begin the arduous (and super expensive!) task of researching and buying a Category 1 Seat.
1. Research About Car Seats
Rather naively, I just typed my search into Google: “best car seat category 1”. Oh. My. Word. There are hundreds! Some that are forward facing, some that are rear facing, some that are rear facing until a certain weight and then convert to forward facing. There are base-mounted ones, seat belt secured ones, ISOFIX ones, base-mounted seats that click into the ISOFIX which are then secured by a seatbelt! AAARGH!!!! WHERE DO I BEGIN?!
2. Worry About Which Car Seat To Choose
I’m a perfectionist. I have this general, unspoken motto in life that if you do something well the first time, it’ll save you a whole load of stress and time in the future. Through the years, this mantra has served me pretty well… But sometimes it’s an absolute pain in the backside! I feel compelled to meticulously examine every situation, carefully weighing up the pros and cons of each decision. Don’t get it wrong, my mind repeats.
But the problem is, you just can’t achieve perfection every time! I spent hours (and hours and hours!) trawling websites looking at government guidance, buyer reviews, lists of “top 10…”.
But do you know what? Sometimes there is no ” right answer”. Sometimes you just have to plum for one of a number of possibilities.
3. Buy A Car Seat
Finally, at almost midnight, I stopped my dilly dallying and just clicked the “confirm purchase” icon.
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