There are multiple considerations when selecting a car seat such as recline, head rest height, chest harness/buckles, car seat base latch system, safety, weight, and convertibility of the seat. However, an individual that has decreased abilities in balance, trunk control, and manipulation may find some of these features difficult to use. Individuals may need to consider their own abilities to problem solve techniques in manipulating push buttons, buckles/chest harnesses, and levers as well as transferring the child in/out of the car seat. Adaptive devices are included below as an option for making it easier to manipulate push buttons and buckles. We recommend that you visit retail stores to test products before purchasing.
Inflatable and portable.
Currently the most popular infant seat on the market. Includes extra padding and support, plus it’s compatible with other stroller brands.
Convertible seat for infants and toddlers with extra adjustability around the hips compared to other car seat harnesses for increased legroom.
Can be carried as a backpack and is narrow to fit multiple car seats side-by-side. Full steel frame adds safety and weight.
Convertible up to a booster seat with many other features (recline, removable headrest, cup holders, etc). Frame is partially steel adding safety and weight.
Unique air cushion provides additional safety for child. Simple to install and use.
Device that keeps harness/buckles out of the way when moving child in/out of the car seat.
Helps unbuckle seat belts. Small loop on the product allows user to attach a string or carabiner to secure product to a keychain, diaper bag, etc.
A universal product. Usable by typical children, children with disabilities, and adults with decreased hand function to unbuckle car seat belts with ease.
Finger grooves give additional support when holding product to unbuckle seat belt.
Consumer reports lists a variety of considerations for purchasing a car seat; however, we suggest that you consider your own needs and abilities to determine what’s best for you. Hopefully some of theses suggestions are examples from which you can build upon. Contact us if you have found another example that works well for you.
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