Friday, 14 December 2012

Car Seat Safety

One of the very first things that you will need when you give birth is a Car Seat. You will not be able to leave the hospital without one, so it is quite an important decision on which to buy.

The law requires all children travelling in cars to use the correct child restraint until they are either 135cm in height or the age of 12, whichever they reach first. After this they must use an adult seatbelt.

That is an awful long time to use something, so it is worth spending a little time researching and deciding on the right one.

Group 0 Carrycot Car Seat

When your baby is first born, they will need either a Group 0, which is for aged 0 to 12 months, a Group 0+ which is until 15 months or a Group 0 to 1 which will last from Birth to 4 years. The 0 to 1 stage car seats are usually fixed in the car, meaning they cannot be used as a travel system. There are many seats on the market and the Car Seats at Bambino Direct give you lots of options.

Group 0 to 1 Car Seat
As a mum of six children I have always found the first car seats that attach to a frame to create a travel system much easier and convenient.
When Tyrus was born we had a Carrycot Car Seat that meant he travelled in the car lying flat, he seemed very comfortable in it, but grew very quickly,meaning he was too long for it and it also took up two car seat spaces, which may not be possible for some families, as we have a large bus, it wasn't a problem!!

Once they became too heavy for the Group 0, we changed to a Group 1, which would see them through until about 4 years old. Eowyn has just outgrown hers, so she is now in her `big girl seat'.

Kaide and Neva are still in Car Seats, due to their age, Lochlan is now aged 12 and doesn't have to use a car seat, although he does look much more uncomfortable when trying to fall asleep in the car than the others. Some of the seats for the older children are very luxurious and look like armchairs, some even recline for the ultimate comfortable journey!

Whichever Car seat you decide to buy, ensure that it is the correct size and height for the weight and age of your child.
this is a featured post giving information on car seat choices.