Cardi B and Offset have an $8,000 Rolls Royce car seat for their daughter
Offsetposted a picture of a Rolls Royce car seat with a price tag of $8,000.
- Offset admitted that the expensive seat, purchased for
KultureKiari, his daughter with Cardi B, would soon be dirty.
- Experts say that all car seats are safe — as long as they're installed correctly.
Last week, the internet collectively raised an eyebrow when rapper Offset shared a picture of an $8,000 Rolls Royce car seat that his daughter, Kulture Kiari, will be riding around in.
"8 thousand dollar car seat and i bet it has peanut butter and jelly on it in 1 week," he captioned the photo.Car seats tend to cost between $70 to $600, with many options costing between $250 and $350. So some people were understandably shocked, especially given the fact that Kulture's seat didn't look much different from car seats that have price tags that are a fraction of the price.
Cardi B. isn't shy about spending on her daughter
The Rolls Royce car seat isn't the first time that Kulture has been spoiled with super-expensive gifts and baby gear. When she turned two, Kulture was gifted a Birkin Bag, worth roughly $9,000.In an Instagram Story that she also shared on Twitter, Cardi B clapped back at people who say kids only care about toys and candy.
"Yeah, kids only care about toys and candy, but the thing is that kids also go outside. You know what I'm saying? Kids go to restaurants, kids go to fancy places, celebrity kids, they go do red carpets," she said. "And if I'm fly and Daddy's fly, then so is the kid. If I'm wearing Cha-nay-nay, my kid's having the same same."Ultimately, the brand name accessories — and car seats — aren't about Kulture, but about the family's image. "It's not up to what the kids like. If it was the kids, they would be outside in diapers," Cardi said. "No. 'Cause if I was looking like a bad bi--h, expensive bi--h, and I have my kid looking like a bum bum, then y'all would be talking s--t. So I'm not mad that Daddy bought baby a Birkin. She gonna match Mommy."
Are expensive car seats safer?
No matter how much parents spend on a car seat, the key to safety is making sure the car seat is installed correctly.
"A higher price does not mean the seat is safer or easier to use," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.Children can be safe in the car no matter how expensive their car seat is. What's most important is to have a car seat that fits well with the vehicle and can be installed tightly, according to the AAP.
Since Cardi drives a custom Rolls Royce, the Rolls car seat might be the best fit for the car. But it's unlikely that it offers significantly more protection than Kulture would have in a mainstream car seat.
How to find the right car seat for your child
Price isn't necessarily indicative of a good car seat, but you want to find a seat that is easy to install. Especially if you'll be moving your child's seat between vehicles, it's good to have a car seat that you can quickly and safely install each time. But no matter what your budget, the rules of choosing a safe car seat are the same:
- Know the type of seat you need. Children of different ages need different types of car seats. Some seats — usually the more expensive ones — are meant to last through various stages, converting from rear-facing infant seats to forward-facing seats and even boosters. It's recommended that kids remain rear-facing as long as possible, so check the weight and height limits for any seat to see how long your child can remain rear-facing. Tools like this car seat finder can help.
- Know your vehicle. Make sure that the car seat you select will fit well in your vehicle. If you drive a small car, you might find yourself paying more for a car seat that is slimmer. Your car's owners manual will have information on the safest place to install seats and the specifics for how to install car seats in your vehicle.
- Have it inspected. After you've installed your car seat, you can have it inspected, often for free. Police and fire stations, as well as trained volunteers, can check your seat's installation. Learn more about inspections here.
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