Are more expensive car seats worth it?

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Are more expensive car seats worth it?

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A lot of parents wonder if more expensive car seats are better than the cheaper ones, but the reality is that every single car seat that's being sold in the United States has passed the exact same crash test standards, so whether you are buying a $40.00 car seat or a $400.00 car seat, they are both going to be safe for your child. That said, some of the more expensive car seats do have additional add-ons and features that you might enjoy more, and that's why they are charging a premium. Whether it's for the prints and the fabrics, and the appearance of the car seat to match your vehicle, or your child's gender, or because you want that extra cup-holder. Or maybe, you want some of the extra safety features that are add-ons, like the side impact protection that some new car seats are offering, but at the end of the day, whatever budget you're on, any car seat you buy at any retail store is going to be safe for your child.

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Jennifer Beall, MBA, CPST

Founder of Tot Squad

Jennifer Beall is the Founder and CEO of Tot Squad formerly known as CleanBeeBaby, an eco-friendly cleaning service for strollers and car seats that is at a different neighborhood retailer or preschool every day. Professional safety technicians help properly reinstall car seats after they are cleaned.Certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2009, Jen is passionate about helping parents properly use their car seats given that 85% are incorrectly installed. She also serves on the Los Angeles committee for Baby Buggy, a charity that helps collect used baby gear to redistribute it to families in need.Jen received her MBA in 2010 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. CleanBeeBaby was created through her coursework, for which she won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition and the Student of the Year award in Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, she worked in management consulting as well as internal strategy for a food and beverage company. She also received a BS in Mathematics from Duke University after leaving her hometown of Austin, Texas.Jen now lives in Los Angeles but remains a loyal fan of the Texas Longhorns and the Duke basketball team. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Daily Candy, and Crain's Chicago Business.

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