The complete guide to baby car seats
The shops are flooded with baby car seats and every brand promises more than the next. It’s important to take a step back and to think about it clearly. The baby car seat is going to be in your life for a while and you want it to be safe and hassle-free.
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to selecting the correct car seat:
• It’s a weight thing, not an age thing. If your baby or child is above or below a specified weight range for a particular seat, he or she might not be fully protected by the seat.
• You may experience problems with second hand car seats so try to avoid them. You want all those warrantees and guarantees in place, plus you need to know that it’s durable and that it hasn’t had any knocks.
• The primary purpose of a car seat is to keep your baby safe and comfortable. Your vehicle’s seat belt must have a tight fit so that forward and sideways movements are minimised.
• Not all car seats fit all cars. Ask the shop assistant to help you fit the seat before you buy it. Also, if you have more than one car, make sure the seat will fit all vehicles. Sometimes your partner or someone else might need to transport your baby or child. Make sure they know how to fit and secure the car seat.
• Always make sure your child is strapped securely in the car seat. It’s easy to get caught up in all the detail, and to forget about the actual purpose.
Which car seat suits your baby?
There are many choices out there when it comes to transporting your baby. The hard part is choosing one. We’ve broken them down into four sections so you can make a more educated decision in your choice.
Baby strollers are the lightest and easy to transport. They are handy for moms who use public transport. They normally cater for six months and over, but some are adjustable to suit newborns.
Pushchairs are suitable from birth. They can recline so your baby can see the world and take a nap. Some models can convert into pram mode without a separate carrycot.
A 3-wheeler is very handy for a mom that needs to manoeuvre. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the city, or the rough terrain of the countryside, the 3-wheeler has better shocks and can even be controlled with one hand at times.
Doubles and tandems
On a double, your babies will sit side-by-side, ideal for twins and suitable from birth. When it comes to the tandem arrangement, your babies will sit one in front of the other. One seat is suitable for a newborn and the other normally from six months onwards.
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