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Glossary of Terms:
(Baby Gear Lingo)
  • Baby Carrier - Baby carriers allow you to hold your baby hands-free.  Depending on the model, they can be used for infants all the way through preschool-aged children.  Carriers allow your child to be close to you while you do chores, go for a walk, or even go for a hike!
  • Backless Booster Car Seat - The backless booster seat works the same way as its brother, the high back booster seats, using both the lap and shoulder belt to fasten your child.  Backless booster seats don't provide any head or sleeping support.
  • Booster Car Seat - Booster car seats position both the lap part of the belt and the shoulder belt properly on the child's body to prevent injury to their internal organs.  Most all booster seats require the use of your vehicle's lap and shoulder belt.  Booster seats should only be used with children aged 4 and up and about 40 pounds and over.  Children should continue to sit in their booster seat until a seat belt fits your child properly (usually when they're about 4'9" and weigh 80 to 100 pounds).
  • Booster Seat (Feeding) - Used for toddlers who no longer need a traditional high chair.  Look for booster seats with both safety straps to secure the seat to the chair and another to secure your child in the booster.
  • Car Seat Base - A base component to infant car seats that stays secured in the car, while the car seat itself can be removed for carrying Baby, then locked back in for travel. 
  • Combination Car Seat - A combination booster seat is a combination between a forward-facing car seat and a booster seat.  The difference is in using the harness straps for a smaller child, then removing them and simply using the seat belt instead once he or she is older and bigger.  Combination booster seats are ideal for children that have outgrown their convertible car seats, but aren't ready to sit in a traditional booster that uses the vehicle's seat belts.
  • Convenience Stroller - Convenience strollers have more features (such as storage, a broad canopy, snack tray, and a reclining seat) than umbrella strollers, but are bulkier and heavier.  They usually have smaller wheels than full size strollers and are ideal for travel and long walks alike.
  • Convertible Car Seat - Convertible car seats can be used for both infants and older children up to 40 pounds or more.  Convertible car seats are used rear-facing until your baby is at least 1 year old and weighs at least 20 pounds.  The convertible car seat can then be turned around (forward-facing) and adjusted to accommodate an older child.  There is no base for the convertible car seat to snap into; it attaches directly to your car.
  • Double Stroller - A stroller that can accommodate two children, either side-by-side or one in front of the other. 
  • Duo Travel System Stroller - For the parents of twins, some strollers offer the option to attach two infant car seats, creating a duo travel system.
  • EPP Foam - EPP stands for Expanded Polypropylene. This is a high-grade engineering foam that has an elastic nature, allowing it to regain its shape when deformed.  Used in car seats to provide protection in a collision.  EPP usually recovers completely from impacts and is harder to tear than EPS.
  • EPS Foam - EPS stands for Expanded Polystyrene and is most commonly known as Styrofoam. It is often used in items such as portable coolers and bicycle helmets. It is made up of thousands of mini beads that can be molded into various shapes and sizes.  Used in car seats to provide protection in a collision.  EPS foam has the ability to withstand a lot of abuse, but can also snap or tear. EPS is relatively inflexible and breaks easily when compared to EPP.
  • Frame Stroller - Many infant car seats have compatible frame strollers.  These strollers consist of only a frame where the car seat locks into place, with storage underneath.  They fold easily and are very lightweight.  With the car seat in place, the baby faces backwards, facing you.
  • Framed Baby Carrier - Frame baby carriers are worn on your back and resemble hiking backpacks.  These are rugged baby carriers that allow you to take your baby along for outdoor activities such as long walks or hikes.  Frame baby carriers have sturdy metal frames and belts that evenly distribute your baby's weight to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
  • Front Baby Carrier - The front carrier is a good choice for parents looking to carry their babies in the front with the option of facing in (when they're very young) or out (when they gain more head control).  Front carriers are easily adjustable to both your size and your baby's.  Weight limits on front carriers vary depending on the product chosen, however most cap at 30 pounds.  Also referred to as a "front pack".
  • Front Pack - See Front Baby Carrier
  • High Back Booster Car Seat - The high back booster seat works by giving your child the height he or she needs to safely use your vehicle's seat belts.  When sitting in their booster seat, both the lap and shoulder belt rest on the strong hip and shoulder bones of your child's body instead of soft internal organs, which are more susceptible to injury should a crash occur.  The high back helps to protect your child's neck from whiplash and also provides a place for your child to rest his or her head to either side when sleeping.
  • High Chair - A safe, easily washable chair with removable tray for feeding babies and toddlers. 
  • Hip Carrier - A baby carrier where your child rides sitting up on your hip.  Hip carriers are only recommended for older babies and toddlers who can sit upright unassisted.  Hip carriers have less fabric than slings and have a higher weight limit than front carriers.  Weight limits on hip carriers vary depending on the product chosen, however manufacturers claim hip carriers can be used up to three years of age.
  • Hook-On Baby Chair - Hook-on baby chairs attach directly to your table with a vise-like grip and allow your baby to eat with you at the table.  They do not recline and therefore cannot be used for infants unable to sit up on their own.  These chairs are easily collapsible and often come with their own carrying bag.
  • Infant Car Seat - Infant car seats are designed for newborns to babies, usually up to about 22 pounds and 26 inches in length.  Infant car seats are installed in the car facing backwards.  They have an internal harness that safely straps your baby into the carrier.  This carrier then snaps into a base, which is secured to your car.
  • Inline Double Stroller - One of three basic styles of the double stroller.  The inline models are long and narrow, making it easier to fit through tight areas.  These strollers make wide turns however.  Also called tandem double stroller. 
  • Jogging Stroller - Jogging strollers have three big, bicycle-type wheels.  Some have suspension that makes bumpy jaunts more comfortable for your little one.  The front wheel may swivel or be stationary.  
  • LATCH System - LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.  Consists of two small metal bars hidden between the backrest and cushion of your back seats. 
  • Lightweight Stroller - Strollers that are exceptionally light in weight; usually do not have all the amenities that bigger strollers have.  There are three basic types of lightweight strollers: umbrella strollers, car seat frame strollers, and convenience strollers.
  • Locking Wheel (Jogging Stroller) - A stroller with a fixed front wheel gives the stroller increased stability over rough terrain, but may affect its maneuverability.
  • Portable Hook-On Baby Chair - Hook-on baby chairs attach directly to your table with a vise-like grip and allow your baby to eat with you at the table.  They do not recline and therefore cannot be used for infants unable to sit up on their own.  These chairs are easily collapsible and often come with their own carrying bag.
  • Pram - A type of stroller, usually associated with the Victorian Era.  Prams consist of high wheels, a bassinet-like bed, and a canopy to block the sun.  Also known as a buggy. 
  • Side-by-Side Double Stroller - One of three basic styles of the double stroller.  Side-by-side strollers may be easier to maneuver; however, they could possibly be a tight squeeze through doorways or other narrow areas.
  • SIP Car Seat - SIP stands for Side Impact Protection. Basically, this means your little one will be protected not only from expulsion from the seat itself, but will be protected on both sides should impact occur. Many SIP car seats are designed with "wings" that protect either side of the child's head. These wings are essentially expanded cushions equipped with specially designed energy absorbing foam that cushions the blow of impact.
  • Sit and Stand Double Stroller - One of three basic styles of the double stroller.  Includes a rear platform/seat where an older child can sit or stand on the back while an infant car seat or younger child rides in the front.
  • Sling Baby Carrier -  A type of baby carrier that allows you to hold your baby horizontally or upright and are made of soft fabric with an adjustable strap to accommodate your body size and shape.
  • Swivel Wheel (Jogging Stroller) -
  • Tandem Double Stroller - One of three basic styles of the double stroller.  The inline models are long and narrow, making it easier to fit through tight areas.  These strollers make wide turns however.  Also called inline double stroller. 
  • Travel System Stroller - The travel system stroller allows you to snap your infant car seat into the stroller itself.
  • Triple Stroller - A stroller that can accommodate three children. 
  • Umbrella Stroller - The umbrella stroller is generally the most inexpensive member of the stroller family.  It gets its name from its curved umbrella-type handles and ability to fold compactly.
  • Wrap Baby Carrier - A type of baby carrier that allows you to hold your baby horizontally or upright and are made of soft fabric with an adjustable strap to accommodate your body size and shape.
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